The Eagles (10-5; 3-0) earned their fourth straight win after shooting 51.9 percent (27-52). Sarah Hansen scored 20 points to lead FGCU, while Brittney Kennedy had 19 and Betsy Adams chipped in with 12. Kennedy and Adams also finished with five steals a piece.
Freshmen Queen Alford (16) and Briona Brown (14) each scored in double figures for the Dolphins (6-8; 2-1), who finished with a 47.2 field-goal percentage.
“We only played well in spurts today,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “They made use pay for our few mistakes. Our goal is to take away the positives from the contest because we have a really tough test Monday.”
The Eagles were able to set up the win by scoring 27 points on 25 JU turnovers. They also held the edge in paint points (38-36), while hitting 13 of 20 at the free throw line (65.0). JU won the rebounding battle, 31-29, but only made it to the free throw line six times.
The Dolphins opened the game with a 10-4 advantage (16:46) on a jumper from junior Jade Cargill. FGCU rallied to take the lead, but another jumper from Cargill gave JU a 16-14 advantage (12:13). The Eagles found their rhythm by using a 13-2 stretch, capped on an Adams layup, for a 27-18 lead (7:31). Brown followed with a layup, but JU couldn’t get any closer as FGCU ended the half on an 8-0 run for a 43-27 lead.
Senior Maggie Wilson hit two late buckets to finish eight points, while Cargill and senior Tracie Sneed each had six points.
In the second half, Brown hit a three-point play in the first possession to cut the JU deficit to 43-30 (19:49). JU made the deficit 13 two more times before a Joyce Iamstrong three-pointer at 15:40 sparked an 11-0 run to quash any Dolphins’ comeback.
The Dolphins wrap the road trip Monday against Stetson at 5 p.m., in DeLand, Fla. Fans can follow the action through the live links at JUDolphins.com.