Women’s hoops falls short at Belmont, 68-62
Senior Crystal Bell scored 17 on Saturday at Belmont
Senior Crystal Bell scored 17 on Saturday at Belmont
A fast and furious comeback came up short for the JU women’s basketball team in a 68-62 loss to Belmont on Saturday in Atlantic Sun Conference action in the Curb Event Center.

The Dolphins (7-15, 5-6 A-Sun) had a 15-4 run in the final four minutes to cut the deficit to 65-62 with eight seconds left, but the Bruins (8-14, 7-4) were able to hold off the late charge.

Haley Nelson powered the Bruins offense with 22 points, 14 boards, four steals and three steals. Katie Brooks scored 10 points and had five assists for the Bruins.

“We got behind a little early into the second half,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “We did perform well and I am proud of the way our kids fought till the end. We will go back to practice and get ready for another important week.”

Senior Crystal Bell scored 17 points and tallied 12 boards in leading the Dolphins rally. Junior Maggie Wilson added 11 points after going 3 of 5 beyond the arc. Sophomore Abril Peeples had 10 points, six boards and four steals.

Trailing 60-45 with less than four minutes left, sophomore Jane’l Osborne picked up a layup to start the spark. Peeples hit a three-pointer less than two minutes later to cut the deficit to 60-51 (1:50). A Bell free throw trimmed the deficit to 61-54 before the Bruins pushed the lead to 65-54 with 29 seconds left. The fun started for JU as Bell scored eight points in 10 seconds with the help of two Tristan Daniel turnovers. The Bruins connected on three free throws to quash the JU comeback.

Osborne recorded nine points and six boards for the Dolphins, who went 8 of 15 beyond of the arc and 10 of 16 at the free-throw line.

Following the opening basket of the contest, Nelson scored the next 13 Bruin points to tie it at 15-all (10:56). The Dolphins took a 23-19 advantage with less than six minutes left on three-pointers from Peeples and Wilson. A jumper by sophomore Madison Scott helped the Dolphins take a 27-23 lead in the final three minutes, but a Belmont offensive rebound set up a Molly Ernest three-pointer to allow the Bruins a 28-27 edge at the break.

Scott finished with six points and three steals in the loss, while Ernset had nine points for the Bruins.

The Dolphins return home on Thursday to host Stetson in Swisher Gymnasium at 7 p.m.