South Florida Bulls Overwhelm Dolphins

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville University women’s basketball team struggled to keep their heads above water, taking an 82-53 loss at South Florida on Wednesday night.

Freshman guard Sherranda Reddick shot 9-for-10 from the free throw line to lead JU with 20 points including three boards. 

USF had three players score in double-digits.  Akila McDonald collected 16 points with eight rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Courtney Williams had 15 points and five rebounds while Shaleth Stringfield scored 13 points.

As a team, the Bulls had 13 steals, nine blocks and forced 26 JU turnovers.

Led by four different scorers, USF jumped out to a 9-4 advantage in the opening five minutes of the contest and never looked back. Frazzling the Fins with full court pressure, JU turned the ball over four times in a six minute span.

The Bulls used a 5-0 run to push their lead to 14-4 with 13:54 on the clock and sophomore guard Queen Alford ended JU’s scoring drought with a made free throw. Trailing by 14, a pair of JU baskets and two free throws pulled the team within eight, 21-13, with 10:14 left in the frame. Those eight points went on to be the last time JU would be down by single digits.

With less than two minutes remaining in the first half, the Bulls stretched their lead to 17, the largest of the period, and entered intermission up 47-30.

Shooting 32.1 percent (9-for-28) in the first stanza, the Dolphins’ offensive woes continued in the second half. USF started the period by building its lead to 24 and holding JU scoreless for nearly five minutes.

Alford put the Fins on the board with 15:39 remaining on a jump step to the basket, 54-32. On the ensuing play, the Dolphins created ball pressure of their own, allowing Alford to steal the ball and take it down court for a layup, 54-36.

Scoring plays from Reddick permitted Jacksonville to close the gap to 13 with 9:41 left in the game. The young guard scored on three of six JU possessions including two shots from downtown to provide the team with hope.

Capped by an 8-0 run with seven minutes remaining, USF closed the door for good and cruised to an 82-53 victory.

With the loss, JU drops to 0-2 on the season. The Dolphins host Edward Waters in an exhibition matchup on Wednesday, Oct. 20. The game is set to tip-off at 7 p.m. in Swisher Gymnasium.