Women’s hoops loses to North Florida, 51-36
Senior Crystal Bell had 10 points to lead JU.
Senior Crystal Bell had 10 points to lead JU.
The JU women’s basketball team had another tough shooting day en route to a 51-36 loss to cross-town rival North Florida in Atlantic Sun Conference action on Saturday.

Brittany Kirkland had three first-half three-pointers for a game-high 16 points to lead the Ospreys (2-5, 1-0 A-Sun) to their second win and a SunTrust River City Rumble barrel point.

The Dolphins (0-7, 0-1) missed their first 12 shots of the contest to finish with a 17.6 field goal percentage (12-68) for contest and tie for the worst start since the 2001-02 season.

“I thought our effort and defense was good,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “Overall, we have to find a way to put more points on the board.”

The Ospreys held a 56-40 rebounding advantage despite committing 27 turnovers. The Dolphins managed to secure 15 steals and five blocks.

Despite starting 0-for-12 in the first half, the Dolphins cut the deficit to a possession, 7-4, on a put back sophomore Jade Cargill at 13:45. Junior Tracie Sneed had a make less than two minutes later, but was whistled for an offensive charge. The Ospreys followed with an 8-1 run, capped on a Kim Baker layup, to take a 17-5 lead (5:28). Kirkland hit two late three-pointers to extend UNF’s lead. Senior guard Crystal Bell had a steal and layup in the final seconds to cut the deficit to 23-13 at the half.

Bell led the Dolphins with 10 points off the bench. Sneed had six points, while Cargill finished with five points and seven rebounds.

The Ospreys opened the second half with a jumper by Kirkland and two Jadhken Kerr three-pointers for a 36-16 lead (16:03). A Bell jumper (14:45) cut it to a 13-point JU deficit, but UNF got into another rhythm with a 7-2 run to keep the Dolphins at bay.

Larkira Jones had with nine points and 11 boards for the Ospreys. Baker, Kerr and Taylor Smith each finished with six points to help the cause.

The Dolphins will take the next week off for finals before competing again on Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. against Bowling Green State in Bowling Green, Ohio.