Women’s hoops falls to Hampton, 68-55
Senior Crystal Bell had a double-double in Saturday's loss Play Video
Senior Crystal Bell had a double-double in Saturday's loss
A strong second half start helped Hampton defeat the JU women’s basketball team, 68-55, on Saturday afternoon in Swisher Gymnasium.

The Lady Pirates (2-0) scored 14 of the first 18 points in the second half en route to the victory. Jericka Jenkins scored 15 points to pace Hampton. Arel Phillips (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Alyssa Bennett (11 points, 11 rebounds) each finished with double-doubles, while Keiara Avant had 10 points.

“We have to find a way to put two halves together,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “We have to find a way to get all of team in ways that will help us win a ballgame - whether that is rebounding, get a defensive stop, finding an open person or scoring points. We have to have more production overall as a team.”

After shooting better than 40 percent in the first half, the Dolphins (0-3) were held to 8 of 27 attempts from the floor in the second half. The Lady Pirates shot 20 percent better in the second half from the floor (13-26, 50.0) to finish with a 38.5 field goal percentage. Hampton also held a 45-36 rebounds advantage and scored 36 points in the paint.

Trailing by two to start the second half, an Avant jumper capped a 14-4 Hampton run to start the frame for a 44-36 lead (12:57). Junior Tracie Sneed answered with a three-point play to break up the run and sophomore Jade Cargill added a jumper at 11:53 to make it a six-point deficit (12:53). The Lady Pirates kept the Dolphins at bay by taking a 61-48 on a Bennett layup with less than seven minutes left. A Cargill jumper cut JU deficit to 63-52 (4:49), but the Dolphins weren’t able to get any closer.

Sneed led the Dolphins offensively with 19 points on three three-pointers and hitting all six of her free throws. Senior Crystal Bell had 12 points, 10 points and four steals in the loss.

In the first half, the Dolphins built a 7-2 lead on a layup by Cargill at 15:45. The Lady Pirates answered with a 10-0 run, capped on a Jenkins bucket (13:48), to take a 12-7 advantage. Sophomore Ciara McLee broke the run up with consecutive layups, while freshman Chelsea Faulhaber added a bucket to make it a 14-13 deficit (12:01). Bell gave the Dolphins a 19-17 lead on a fast break layup at 9:55 and Sneed followed with a three-pointer on the next two trips up the floor to push the lead to 25-18. The Lady Pirates closed the gap to 27-24 on a Bennett layup at 3:39. Sneed added another three-pointer and free throws near the end of half to give JU a 32-30 lead into the locker room.

Cargill finished her day with nine points and seven rebounds, while sophomore Abril Peeples had seven points for JU.

The Dolphins hit the road for five straight games starting Wednesday against N.C. State in Raleigh, N.C. at 7 p.m.