Women's hoops loses at ETSU
Senior Tracie Sneed
Senior Tracie Sneed
The Jacksonville University women’s basketball team started slow for the third straight game en route to a 74-57 loss against East Tennessee State Monday at the ETSU/MSHA Center.

Tiana Burley recorded 22 points and 11 boards to help the Lady Bucs (5-11, 3-6 A-Sun) snap their three-game losing streak to the green and gold. Serena Clark added 11 points as ETSU shot 54.1 percent from the floor in the first half and recorded 50 points in the paint for the game.

“We have to get out of this slow start rut,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “We can’t dig holes like this and expect to come back. Overall, our effort was better in the second half, but we have to play better in the first half before everything can fall into place.”

Senior Tracie Sneed went 8-for-8 at the free throw line to lead the Dolphins (7-13, 3-6) with 14 points. Junior Stephanie Edwards added 10 points in the loss, while freshman Queen Alford had eight points off the bench.

After the slow first half, the Dolphins shot 40.7 (11-27) percent from the floor in the final frame and went 16 of 18 at the free throw line for the game. They also had 18 points on 21 ETSU turnovers.

In the first half, Burley scored eight quick points off the bench to give ETSU a 19-8 lead (12:57). The Dolphins trimmed it to 19-12 on free throws, but the Lady Bucs used an 11-2 run, capped on consecutive buckets by Clark, for a 30-14 advantage at 7:37. ETSU extended its lead to 39-20 on a Destiny Mitchell jumper with 4:25 remaining. Two more Clark buckets helped give the Lady Bucs a 43-25 halftime advantage they would not give up.

Mitchell finished with 10 points for the Lady Bucs. ETSU finished the contest 26 second-chance points with the help of 47 boards.

The Dolphins opened the second half with some momentum, cutting the deficit to 47-32 on a layup from sophomore Britney Holliday. Alford hit a three-pointer in the possession after the first media, but Maria Bond recorded a three-point play at to give the Lady Bucs their largest lead of the game, 56-35, with 12 minutes remaining. Sneed hit two free throws with 8:14 left to cut the JU to deficit to 15 before Burley added two more buckets inside to lock up the win.

Holliday finished with eight rebounds for the Dolphins. Holliday, senior Maggie Wilson and junior Ronisha Mitchell all had six points.

The Dolphins are back at home Saturday when they host Florida Gulf Coast in the front end of a A-Sun doubleheader at 1 p.m.