LUBBOCK, Texas- At the break the Jacksonville University women’s basketball team seemed to be on pace to hold Florida Atlantic well below its average points per game, but a 42-point performance in the second half allowed the Owls to take the 71-62 win.
In her second 20+ outing, sophomore guard Queen Alford led all-scorers with 21 points, making 6-of-9 from the field and 9-of-10 at the line. She also recorded seven rebounds and two steals. Freshman guard Sherranda Reddick posted 16 points and five boards and senior center Madison Scott contributed 11 points and four boards.
Chenise Miller directed the Owls with 16 points and five rebounds. With a balanced offensive attack, three others scored in double-figures: Shanequa Schrouder (14), Latavia Dempsey (13) and Takia Brooks (12).
Reddick’s hot hand kept the Fins within an arm’s reach in the early goings of the contest. After the Owls jumped to a 12-7 lead, Reddick scored her 8th point on a trey to pull the Dolphins within two with 12:49 on the clock.
Unselfish play in the low post allowed the Fins to tie the contest at 16 and a steal and fast break layup from Alford regained the teams lead, 18-16, at 9:37.
Three minutes later, JU held a one-point tip but fouled Dempsey on an attempt from behind the arch. She hit two of her three free throws to swing the score back in the Owls favor at 23-22 with 6:10 left in the half.
The Owls ruined JU’s hope of taking a 29-26 lead at the break when Schrouder hit a three-pointer with 20 seconds on the clock. The 29-29 draw marked the first time the Dolphins entered halftime with a tie.
FAU broke the deadlock with a 7-2 run in the first two minutes of the second frame, 36-31. Later, an old-fashioned three-point play from sophomore forward Briona Brown rallied the Dolphins, but another Owl trey pushed the team over, 43-28, at 14:46.
Midway through the frame and the Owl lead swelled to 56-47. Although JU was scoring, FAU seemed to have all the momentum on its side. Jacksonville turnovers proved to be too costly; amounting 13 in the second half, FAU scored 16 points on said mistakes. Though the Fins combined for a season-high 31 turnovers, they were able to keep their composure more in the first half than in the second.
Following Christmas break, Jacksonville continues its road travels as they head to Georgia to start Atlantic Sun action. The Dolphins will meet Kennesaw State on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. and then visit Mercer on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 2 p.m.
WORLD VISION ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Amber Battle, Texas Tech (MVP)
Audrisa Harrison, Texas Tech
Chenise Miller, Florida Atlantic
Alexis Mason, Abilene Christian
Suzzy Dimba, Abilene Christian
Queen Alford, Jacksonville