JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It won’t appear in the record books but the Jacksonville University women’s basketball team has joined the winner’s circle with their 83-39 victory over Edward Waters College in an exhibition game on Wednesday night. Senior forward Jade Cargill and sophomore guard Queen Alford both recorded a double-double in the contest.
“This game was all about us finding ourselves and continuing to get better,” said Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. “Our goal is to win the A-Sun Championship and in order for us to achieve that we have to work toward it. Coming in tonight, we had goals for ourselves; we didn’t want them to score over 40 points and we wanted to have over 80. We hit those marks. There is still a lot of work to do but this is something positive we can build on.”
Snatching 11 boards each, Cargill led the Fins with19 points and Alford chipped in with 17 and seven steals. Senior guard Stephanie Edwards contributed 14 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals while freshman guard Sherranda Reddick had 11 points and four boards.
Opening the game with a midrange jumper, Edwards put the Fins on the board and the team never looked back.
At the break, EWC was held to just two field goals. Natasha Ballard netted both Lady Tiger scores on layups; her second basket occurred with 16:23 remaining in the period and would be the last time the team made a shot from the field.
The Dolphins’ stellar defense allowed them to enter the half with a 36-12 advantage as they scored 14 points on 16 turnovers.
By the second half, the Dolphins had built a lead too insurmountable for Edward Waters to break. A three ball from Reddick provided JU with a 50 point lead, its largest of the game, with 9:14 left in the game. Cruising to a win, back-to-back blocks from freshman forward Kimberly Dawkins in the final ten seconds crowned the 83-39 victory.
“This year is about total team wins,” continued McCuin. “It’s never going to be just one person leading the team, we need everyone to do their part and when they do positive things come about.”
Jacksonville returns to regular-season action on Sunday, Nov. 24 with their official home-opener against Georgia Southern at 1 p.m.