TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama pieces together an offensive blitz in the second frame to defeat the Jacksonville University women’s basketball team, 75-62, on Tuesday afternoon. In the loss, JU falls to 3-5 overall while Alabama improves to 5-5.
“I was pleased with our effort today,” said Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. “When you play teams in the SEC or others at that level, you have to take advantage of opportunities given. Down by three, we needed to get stops and defensively we were unable to do so. Right now we are going to prepare for three more games on the road and are excited about the opportunity to play and get better.”
Sophomore guard Queen Alford steered the Dolphin offense with 19 points. She also grabbed eight boards while seniors Madison Scott and Jade Cargill added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
With the momentum swinging back and forth in Foster Auditorium, the first half captured eight ties and nine lead changes. Five minutes into the contest, four of the five JU starters had a basket and held a 8-6 lead over the Crimson Tide at the first media timeout (14:56).
Locked at 23 each with 5:43 on the clock, the Crimson Tide used a three-minute 11-0 run to distance themselves from the Dolphins. Alford and Cargill broke up the Tide scoring spell on buckets from the low post to make the score 34-27 (1:08).
Bama free throws in the final seconds of the frame allowed them to take a 37-29 lead at the half.
Recording five points including an old-fashioned three-point play, Alford pushed the Fins within three, 37-34, at the start of the second period (18:28). A pair of treys from Shafontaye Myers guided the Tide to an 11 point lead and from that point on the team seemed to crawl away with the game.
What the Dolphins needed most in the second frame were defensive stops. The Crimson Tide took their largest lead at 19 with 5:38 left in the game. Over the next three minutes, the teams went on an offensive rut. Forward Briona Brown and freshman guard Sherranda Reddick cut the lead to 13 with two minutes left, 72-59.
Connecting on 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, Myers led the Tide in scoring with 20 points. Three other Alabama players finished the night in double-digits.
Jacksonville continues its western travels this week as they head to Texas to compete in the World Vision Challenge. Playing three contests in a row, the Fins take on Texas Tech, Abilene Christian and Florida Atlantic. Tournament action begins on Friday, Dec. 20 against TTU at 7 p.m.