MONDAY, JANUARY 07, 2013
Women's basketball loses at Stetson, 73-56
Freshman Briona Brown
Freshman Briona Brown
Stetson earned its 12th consecutive victory in the Edmunds Center by defeating the Jacksonville University women’s basketball team, 73-56, in A-Sun action Monday afternoon.

Victoria McGowan scored 17 of her 27 points in the second half to lead the Hatters’ (11-4, 4-0) offense. She also had six rebounds, six assists and four steals, while Cherisse Burris added 10 points.

“This was a tough loss,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “They did what all good teams do; make you pay for your mistakes. We will go back to the film and correct our mistakes before hitting the floor again Saturday.”

Freshman Briona Brown scored 16 points to pace four Dolphins’ (6-9, 2-2) in double-figures. Junior Jade Jade Cargill hit double-digits for the first time in three games with 15 points. She also had nine rebounds for JU.

The Dolphins finished 1 of 10 from beyond the arc in the loss, while the Hatters hit nine three-pointers. JU made 13 of 17 (76.5) from the free-throw line.

In the first half, the Dolphins cut an early deficit to a basket (11-9) before the Hatters used a 13-2 run, capped on a McGowan layup, to take a 24-11 advantage (9:06). Freshman Queen Alford ended the run with a three-pointer and later used an over-the-shoulder layup to trim the deficit to 30-24 at 3:06. The Dolphins got it to eight in the final minute, but a Sims’ three-pointer to beat the shot clock and a McGowan layup at the buzzer gave Stetson a 40-28 lead at the half.

Alford had 13 points and six boards off the bench, while senior Tracie Sneed added 10 points.

McGowan opened the second half with a three-pointer, while Burris had a fast-break layup off of a Jama Sharp steal to give the Hatters a 47-30 lead. The Dolphins cut the lead to 55-32 on two Alford free throws and a layup with 9:34 left, but McGowan had two layups in the next four possessions to keep JU at arm’s length for the win.

Sasha Sims had nine points to help Stetson in the win. Ashley Dennis hit two three-pointers early to finish with eight points.

The Dolphins return to action Saturday when they host Mercer in the front end of an A-Sun doubleheader at the Veterans Memorial Arena. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. and can be followed with the live links at JUDolphins.com.