Women’s basketball falls in opener to FIU, 63-37
Senior Crystal Bell led JU with 16 points & 11 boards
Senior Crystal Bell led JU with 16 points & 11 boards
A slow start by the JU women’s basketball team in the season opener would lead to a 63-37 loss at Florida International on Friday night.

Jerica Corley had a near triple-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists to lead three Golden Panthers (1-0) in double figures. Finda Mansare recorded 16 points of 7 of 12 attempts, while Kamika Idom rounded out the group with 12 points.

“This is definitely not the start we wanted,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “They adjusted better to the normal first game mistakes than we did. All we can do is correct the mistakes quickly because we hit the court again on Monday.”

The Dolphins (0-1), who fell behind by 10 points in the first six minutes, shot 14 for 70 from the floor and went to the free throw line only 14 times. JU did outscore FIU in the second half (28-26), while finishing with 20 points off of turnovers.

Senior Crystal Bell managed to stay above the fray for JU by finishing with 16 points, 11 boards and five steals.

In the first half, FIU opened with an 8-0 lead on a layup from Idom at1 16:28. Bell added the first points of the season less than a minute later, but the Golden Panthers extended the lead to 17-4 on a Corley layup (12:43). The Dolphins couldn’t get out of their funk as FIU closed the half on a 20-5 stretch to take a 37-9 advantage into the locker room.

Zsofia Labady picked up 10 boards for the Golden Panthers, while Carmen Miloglav chipped in with six points.

Late in the second half, the Dolphins managed a small 6-0 run, capped on a layup from Bell at 8:59. Sophomore Madison Scott and freshman Chelsea Faulhaber each tallied points with less than seven minutes left, while sophomore Jane’l Osborne hit her fourth straight free throw in the final seconds.

Osborne along with fellow sophomore Jade Cargill and Abril Peeples each finished with five points for JU.

The Dolphins host Florida A&M on Monday for the home opener at Swisher Gymnasium. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.