TROY, Ala. – A total team effort lasting all 40 minutes of play earned the Jacksonville University women’s basketball team an 82-67 road win over Troy on Saturday afternoon. Playing against a team that averages 89.4 points per game, solid Dolphin defense held the Trojans to a 29.9 shooting percentage from the floor (26-for-87).
Five Dolphins finished the contest in double-digits and a pair of seniors earned a double-double. Leading the way with 18 points and 10 boards was forward Jade Cargill. Scoring 15 points, center Madison Scott again matched her career-high on 6-of-7 shooting from the field to go alongside 14 rebounds.
Guard Joanna Harden led TU with 24 points while guard Ashley Beverly-Kelly chipped in with 12 points, four rebounds and three steals.
“Anytime you can win a game on the road it brings the team together and promotes camaraderie,” said Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. “The girls played their hearts out and left it all on the floor. As a coach, that is all that you can ask for. Troy is a good team and we held them below their average by playing JU basketball. We look forward to growing everyday- game-by-game.”
Tipping off the contest with a midrange jumper, sophomore guard Queen Alford was the first to crack the score board. With 17:55 on the clock, Scott forced the Trojans to take a timeout after converting on two quick baskets (6-4). After the teams traded a couple of baskets, a front court steal from freshman guard Sherranda Reddick found its way to Alford at the top of the key and pushed the Fins lead to 14-9.
Harden pulled the Trojans within one, 14-13, at 12:04 and opened the door for an eventual 10-3 run. With 7:42 remaining in the half and a nine point lead, 28-19, Troy began to lose their offensive rhythm. A three-ball from senior guard Ciara McLee was the start of a 9-0 JU run and Cargill crowned the stretch with a layup to tie the game at 28 (5:21).
Locked in a shooting contest, the teams tied two more times in the subsequent two minutes. The Fins had a four-point lead, 38-34, but Beverly-Kelly hit another three pointer to make it a one-point contest at 2:33. Baskets from four different Dolphin players allowed the team to enter intermission up 46-42.
The Dolphins led the entire second frame. Midway through the period, the Trojans trailed by three, 57-53, but went on to miss their next 12 baskets. A 12-4 run allowed the Fins to take a double-digit lead and they never looked back.
In the win, Jacksonville improves to 2-2 on the season while Troy falls to 3-3. The victory marks JU’s first over the team since 2005.
The Fins return to Swisher Gymnasium on Wednesday, Dec. 4 in a contest against Tenessee State at 7 p.m.