MONDAY, JANUARY 09, 2012
Women’s hoops falls at FGCU, 74-51
Sophomore Abril Peeples was one of two JU players with 12 points & nine boards
Sophomore Abril Peeples was one of two JU players with 12 points & nine boards
Elgah Griffin had a solid day off the bench to help Florida Gulf Coast University down the JU women’s basketball team, 74-51, in A-Sun action on Monday afternoon in Alico Arena.

Griffin finished with 17 points in pacing the Eagles (14-2, 6-0 A-Sun) to their sixth straight win. Kelsey Jacobson added 12 points, while Whitney Knight scored 11 points.

“We weren’t sharp offensively,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “We did what we wanted defensively early, but were not able to get points out of it. We will work on correcting our mistakes before getting back on the court Thursday.”

The Eagles shot better than 50 percent from the floor (26-51), beyond the arc (11-20) and at the charity stripe (11-18) in the contest.

Senior Crystal Bell and sophomore Abril Peeples each had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Dolphins (4-12, 2-3) in the loss. JU finished 11-for-12 at the charity stripe.

Consecutive three-pointers by Jacobson early in the first half gave the Eagles a 10-4 advantage (17:43). The Dolphins cut the deficit to 14-10 on a layup junior Tracie Sneed less than two minutes later. Nicoya Jackson heated up for the Eagles, scoring all nine of her points during an 11-0 run for a 25-10 FGCU lead (9:32). The Dolphins trimmed into the deficit with buckets by Bell, but two Griffin three-pointers and a three-point play from Brittany Kennedy gave the Eagles a 43-25 lead at half.

Kennedy and Courtney Chihil each finished with eight points in the win. Chihil also added five assists despite early foul trouble.

Despite a slow start to the second half by both teams, Griffin hit a three-pointer and had two free throws in consecutive possessions to push the Eagles lead to 51-39 (10:18). The Dolphins turned up the defensive pressure and had a 6-2 run, capped on a sophomore Jade Cargill layup at 8:25, but JU was not able to inch any closer.

Cargill and Sneed each had six points for the Dolphins in the game.

The Dolphins return home Thursday to host USC Upstate in Swisher Gymnasium at 7 p.m. Fans can follow the action through the live links on JUDolphins.com.