SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2012
Dolphins race past Upstate, 74-64
The Jacksonville women’s basketball team rallied past USC Upstate, 74-64, for its second straight win in Atlantic Sun Conference play on Saturday.
JU (9-17, 7-8 A-Sun) got a game-high 19 points from Jade Cargill, to go with her 10 rebounds, leading four Dolphins in double figures.
Trailing by four with just over six minutes left in the game, JU held the Spartans to just six points down the stretch – rallying for a sweep of the two-game road trip.
“This was a good team win tonight,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “There was a lot of togetherness tonight. Everyone contributed and made plays, on both ends of the floor. It was a great win to end this road trip as we go home for our final three games.”
Trailing 56-52 with 6:26 left in the game, Jacksonville went on an 11-2 run that was capped by a Jade Cargill reverse layup with 4:03 left to spot the Dolphins a 63-58 lead. From there, JU was able to extend the lead to as many as seven – never letting the Spartans back into the game.
Upstate had built the lead after trailing by two at the half, holding JU to just three points over four minutes midway through the half to take the four-point lead on a Lauren McRoberts basket.
Abril Peebles scored 14 points for JU, with Maggie Wilson and Crystal Bell chipping in with 13.
Trailing by five with 4:42 left in the first half, JU ended the opening session on a 10-3 run – capped by a pair of Chelsea Faulhaber free throws with 0.4 left to give the Dolphins a 35-33 lead at intermission.
Upstate got 14 points from Shelby Hicks, with Briana Robinson and Lauren McRoberts adding 10 poinst each.
The Dolphins return home to face Kennesaw State in Swisher Gymnasium on Thursday at 7 p.m.