Dolphins head to the A-Sun Tournament as the sixth seed
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Jacksonville women’s basketball team had a four game winning streak snapped on Saturday as Northern Kentucky slide by the Dolphins 76-71 in overtime. JU now heads to next week’s Atlantic Sun Tournament as the sixth seed and will face third seeded Mercer in the opening round on Thursday.
Trailing by three with less than four minutes left, sophomore Britney Holliday (Greenville, S.C.) caught fire for JU scoring seven of her career high 23 points during a 9-2 spurt that put the Dolphins ahead 66-22 with 22 seconds left.
“Britney showed so much pride and heart down the stretch she wanted the ball in her hands and made big play after big play,” said JU Head Coach Jill Dunn. “She has been injured all year and for her to give us 30 minutes the way she did just shows you what kind of player she is.”
NKU followed with a pair of free throws and after a JU missed the front end of a one-and-one, the Norse tied the game on a lay-up with six seconds left. The Dolphins had a chance to win in regulation, but a last second attempt by freshman Queen Alford (Decatur, Ga.) rolled just off as the final buzzer sounded.
In overtime Holliday again rallied JU back scoring five straight points which resulted in a 71-70 lead with 2:22 to play. That would be all the offense the Dolphins could muster in the extra session unfortunately as the Norse scored six straight points to close out the game.
“Its a hard loss, our kids fought really hard and the game could have gone either way,” said Dunn. “At the same time we know that we have to put it behind us. Now it comes down to a one game season so we have to turn our focus to taking it one game at a time heading into the tournament.”
Alford added 13 points for JU which held a 48-43 advantage in rebounding.
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