In an all too familiar scenario, the JU’s women’s basketball team got off to a big early lead only to see it slip away in an 88-83 overtime loss to Troy at the the Veterans Memorial Arena Monday.
The Dolphins (4-6) fired off to a 27-9 lead with 9:21 to play in the first half on a 3-point shot from Britney Holliday and held off a late half charge from the Trojans (3-7) for a 42-32 advantage at the break.
JU, playing with only eight healthy players ready for duty, was able to keep the 10-point margin until the Trojans started chipping away with 14:27 to play.
Troy caught up for the first time with 3:58 to play at 67 each and took its first lead with 3:01 to go on jumper by Kourtney Coleman.
The teams see-sawed the remainder of regulation and JU’s Tracie Sneed mad a free throw with 47 second to play to tie at 73 which led to the overtime.
In the extra period, the teams traded the lead and the Dolphins pulled to an 80-77 lead with 2:14 to play.
But, Troy’s Britney McCloud hit a 3-pointer as she fell to tie at 80 and the Trojans never trailed again.
“I thought we fought hard,’’ JU coach Jill Dunn said. “We have to take advantage of burying teams when we have the lead. I don’t want to use it as an excuse, but we don’t have the number s right now to let leads get away.’’
JU’s Jade Cargill had 9 field goals and led all scorers with 25 points while Sneed had 18. Teammates Briona Brown had 12 points and Maggie Wilson 11.
In addition to her point production, Cargill had a game-high 15 rebounds and six assists.
Troy’s Brooke Bowie had 17 points to lead her team while three players, Coleman, McCloud and Sarah McAppion had 15 each.
The Dolphins play at Auburn Saturday at 3 p.m.