MONDAY, JANUARY 02, 2012
Women’s hoops beats Lipscomb in overtime, 81-75
Senior Crystal Bell scores 19 and tallies seven steals in JU's win against Lipscomb. Play Video
Senior Crystal Bell scores 19 and tallies seven steals in JU's win against Lipscomb.
The JU women’s basketball team rallied again the final minutes to down Lipscomb in overtime, 81-75, on Monday night in A-Sun action to start the New Year.

Senior Crystal Bell had 19 points and tied a Dolphins (3-10, 1-1 A-Sun) single-game record with seven steals to lead JU to its second straight win. Sophomore Abril Peeples scored 15 points off the bench, while junior Tracie Sneed and sophomore Jade Cargill each finished with 12 points.

“I am proud of the effort,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “Our team did a good job of battling back after we fell behind late. We have to continue working on this momentum as we go through this two-week stretch.”

The Dolphins did their damage at the free throw line, hitting 25 of 32 for a 78.1 percentage. They also won the rebounding battle, 47-42, to give way to a game-high 23 second chance points.

Trailing by six with 4:35 left, the Dolphins closed the gap to 56-54 on a layup by Sneed (3:37). The Lady Bisons (3-11, 1-2) added a bucket, but layups from Cargill and Bell tied the contest at 58-all with 1:22 left. Hannah Phillips countered with a layup and two free throws to give Lipscomb a 62-58 advantage (00:35). Sneed hit two free throws to cut the lead in half, while the Lady Bisons committed a costly turnover in the back court to give JU one more shot with less than 20 seconds left. Lipscomb fouled Bell who hit both free throws to send the contest into overtime.

In overtime, a Cargill jumper and a Bell three-pointer gave the Dolphins a 70-65 lead (2:31). The Lady Bisons cut the deficit to 72-70 a minute later on Anna Bowers free throws, but the Dolphins hit seven of eight free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

Bowers finished with 20 points and four assists to lead the Lipscomb offense. Phillips had 16 points and five steals, while Jana Wright had 10 points off the bench.

In the first half, the Lady Bisons took an 11-7 lead on a layup by Erika Thronsberry (12:15). The lead seesawed back and forth until Bell gave the Dolphins a 26-23 advantage on three-pointer with less than four minutes left. Sophomore Jane’l Osborne tied the game for the sixth time of the half at 30-30 on a layup before teams went into the locker room.

Senior Jessica George had nine points in her second straight start for the Dolphins, while Osborne finished with seven points.

The Dolphins play again Wednesday against Belmont at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m.