JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Georgia Southern had the height but the Jacksonville University women’s basketball team possessed all the speed as they cruised to a 79-58 victory. Leading the team with 15 points each, senior center Madison Scott and freshman guard Sherranda Reddick were two of four Fin players who finished the contest in double-digits.
Matching her career-high in points, Scott also contributed three rebounds. Reddick pulled down five boards with four assists and three steals. Sophomore guard Queen Alford chipped in with 12 points and eight rebounds while senior forward Jade Cargill had 10 and five, respectively.
“The girls have been working extremely hard,” said Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. “The coaching staff has been reiterating to them to just trust what we are trying to do. Kudos to them for really stepping up and embracing the game plan.”
Jacksonville started the game on an 8-0 run, which included two steals and a layup from four different Dolphins. The Eagles pulled within three on the next two possessions on free throws and a three-pointer from MiMi DuBose (16:12).
In a matchup marked by runs, the Fins used a 6-0 push to distance themselves from GSU, 14-5, with 13:59 remaining in the period. Alford provided JU with its largest lead of the half on an old-fashioned three-point play. Fouled on a made fast break layup, she stretched the Fins lead to 22-12 (9:15).
With 7:26 remaining, the Eagles went on a run of their own. Capped by layups from Briana Jones and a midrange jumper from Lacie Dowling, GSU was able to close the gap and trail by four, 22-18.
An 11-5 scoring advantage pushed JU to another 10 point lead in the final two minutes of the frame. Senior guard Stephanie Edwards closed the half on a steal and went coast-to-coast for the finish as the Fins headed into intermission up 35-29.
Scott scored six of her 15 points in the first four minutes of the second half, 43-35. Effectively catching the Fins on a switch and cutting towards the basket, Danielle Spencer scored three times in a row to tie the game at 43 (12:24).
After the deadlock, JU went on to take the advantage for the rest of the match. A steal from sophomore forward Briona Brown set up freshman guard Deja McPhee to score the first points of her collegiate career, 61-45, with 7:50 on the clock. The 16 point lead proved to be too much for the Eagles to overcome and in the last seven minutes they were only able to get as close as 11 points.
JU finished the night forcing 27 turnovers with 17 steals.
When asked about her first collegiate win as a head coach, McCuin had this to say: “This win is the beginning of something I dreamt of as a little kid. I’m not going to get to high about a win or too low about a loss but, now that I’ve tasted a win I’m like the girls and just want more.”
Jacksonville returns to the court on Saturday, Nov. 30 as they head to Troy for a 1 p.m. matchup.