Women’s hoops downs ETSU, 88-82
Sophomore Jade Cargill was one of two players with double-doubles.
Sophomore Jade Cargill was one of two players with double-doubles.
Double-double efforts by senior Crystal Bell and sophomore Jade Cargill helped the JU women’s basketball team defeat East Tennessee State, 88-82, in Atlantic Sun action on Thursday night in Johnson City, Tenn.

Bell led the Dolphins (8-17, 6-8 A-Sun) with 22 points and 11 rebounds to help snap the five-game skid and secure JU’s first win ever in Johnson City. Cargill tallied 17 points and 13 boards as JU finished shooting 46.3 percent from the floor (31-67).

The Dolphins also went 21 of 27 at the free-throw line and recorded double-digits steals, 10, for the 17th time this season.

“It’s nice to get the win,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “It was a hard fought victory and a lot of people had a hand in it. We will try to replicate this success on Saturday because we have another tough challenge.”

Destiny Mitchell finished with 21 points to lead the Lady Bucs (6-18, 5-8) offense. Natalie Pickwell hit four of ETSU five three-pointers en route to 20 points. Tarita Gordon (12) and Cara Bowling (11) each scored double-digits for the Lady Bucs who had a 44.8 field-goal percentage (30-67).

With less than six minutes left, junior Tracie Sneed tied the game at 70 for JU with two free throws. Bell followed with a steal and took it for a layup to give the Dolphins the lead. After ETSU tied it, Bell and Cargill answered with scores to give JU a 76-72 advantage with 3:07 left. Mitchell had two free throws for ETSU, but consecutive layups by Bell and Cargill again helped extend the JU lead. Pickwell wouldn’t let the Lady Bucs go quietly after hitting a three-pointer to make it 84-80 (00:19). Sneed scored two free throws, while a Bell layup in the final seconds helped JU hang onto the win.

Sneed finished with 15 points and four steals for the Dolphins. Sophomores Ronisha Mitchell (12) and Abril Peeples (11) each finished with double-digits to help the cause.

In the first half, a Bowling three-pointer gave ETSU an early 18-16 lead (9:19). The Dolphins fought back and tied it at 24 on a Mitchell jumper (5:33). A Bell jumper in the final three minutes helped start a 10-4 stretch for 41-34 advantage at half time.

The Dolphins end the road trip Saturday against USC Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C. Tipoff is at 4:30 p.m.