WBB Protects Their House in Victory over Lipscomb
Photo By Skip Tapp
Photo By Skip Tapp

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-  Five Dolphins finished the night in double-figures en route to Jacksonville University’s dominating 86-65 performance over Lipscomb on Thursday night at Swisher Gymnasium. Sophomore Queen Alford led JU in scoring with 17 points to go alongside seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.  

Senior Madison Scott had an amazing shooting night; perfect from both the field (7-for-7) and free throw line (2-for-2), she finished the contest with 16 points. Freshman Sherranda Reddick and sophomore Briona Brown each contributed 14 points while senior Jade Cargill added 12.

Collectively, the Dolphins shot a season-best 53.4 percent (31-58) from the field and dished a season-high 21 assists. Senior Stephanie Edwards recorded a career-high eight assists.

With only eight dressed and able to play, the Lady Bisons headed to Jacksonville with a short bench. Lipscomb was the first to dent the scoreboard but the Dolphins road to an eventual 7-2 lead with 16:43 on the clock. An old- fashioned three-point play drew the Bisons within two but a nothing but net swish from Reddick gave the Dolphins space and allowed them to pull away for good.

Holding Lipscomb without a shot for nearly four minutes, JU gained a double-digit lead at 15-5 (11:39).

Free throws kept the Bisons alive in the first half; the team converted on a meager 6-of-25 shots from the floor but was 13-of-14 from the line.  Danay Forthergill and Ashley Southern accounted for all of LU’s points at the half and unable to generate offense or get a stop on the other end of the floor, JU entered intermission with a 41-26 lead.

After Lipscomb’s dynamic duo scored the Lady Bisons first 31 points, Faith LeGate was the first outside of the pair to get a basket.  

LU shooting was much improved in the second frame. Off to a hot start, Lipscomb put up 15 points in the first three minutes of the half to make the score 54-41.

“If we want to win the A-Sun championship, we have to defend for 40 minutes and I felt like there were lapses where we didn’t,” said Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. “We pride ourselves on defense and we just didn’t commit to it at times. However, we did get stops when we needed to. I’m going to make adjustments for the next time we play them because they were able to spread us out and get looks at will.”

A 10-0 run gave JU its largest lead of the contest at 23 before treys and layups from the Bisons shortened the Fins advantage back to 13 at 68-55 with 9:48 left in the game.  

The Dolphins proved to be too much for the Bisons in the final ten minutes of the period. On the following possession, Alford ran the floor for a fast break, 70-55, and ignited the passion in the team. The Lady Bisons would go on to score only 10 more points as JU ran away with the 86-65 win.

Fothergill recorded her third 30-point game of the season as her 32 points led all scorers. She finished the night landing 14-of-15 free throws. Southern recorded the sole double-double of the game with 23 points and 13 rebounds.

In the victory, Jacksonville moves to 7-8 on the season and 4-0 in Atlantic Sun action. They will return to Swisher Gymnasium on Saturday, Jan. 18 to face Northern Kentucky (9-7, 5-0) at 1 p.m. 

“I’m excited to play them [Northern Kentucky]. I think they are going to give us a great challenge. It’s going to be a game of wills and we have to defend. When we defend, we can compete against anybody.”