Women's Basketball Fall on the Road to Florida State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It’s not every day that the Jacksonville University women’s basketball team faces an ACC  opponent and the Fins did just that on Sunday afternoon. It was a tough shooting contest for the Dolphins as they were defeated, 71-33, by Florida State.  In the loss, the Fins drop to 3-3 on the season while FSU improves to 8-1.

Shooting 0-for-9 in the opening five minutes allowed the Seminoles to start the contest on a 14-0 run. The Dolphins had trouble with the tandem of Natasha Howard and Kai James as the Seminole big women powered to the basket to combine for nine of the 14 Seminole points.

Sherranda Reddick put the Dolphins on the scoreboard with a pull up jumper at 14:52 and scored the next three Dolphins points on the charity strip, 18-5.

Four minutes since their last field goal, Stephanie Edwards ended the JU scoring drought when she converted on a midrange jumper and Queen Alford later pushed the Fins within 10 on her bucket with 9:07 left in the half, 19-9.

With 3:11 on the clock, both teams had taken the same amount of shots at 27, but the Fins just weren’t able to get theirs to fall.

Jacksonville had their first back-to-back baskets in the closing minutes of the frame on play from their forwards Kimberly Dawkins and Jade Cargill. Ronisha Mitchell found Dawkins for a layup with 2:30 on the clock and on the next play Cargill finished on a put back after she made the steal that allowed the Dolphins to have the possession. Jacksonville entered intermission trailing the Noles, 35-13.

Immediately scoring in the second half, defensive pressure forced a Seminole turnover and Alford hustled to the opposite end of the court to score on a fast break, 35-15. Unfortunately, though the Fins improved their shooting in the second frame, it wasn’t enough as they fell, 71-33.

Alford led JU with eight points to go alongside four rebounds and three steals.

“Florida State is a Top 25 team and they showed us today,” said Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. “This game gave us the opportunity to come out and compete against a high level. We couldn’t get shots to fall and we’ll just have to go back to the drawing board and get our confidence as far as shooting is concerned. We have one goal and that’s to win the Atlantic Sun Championship and so we just have to continue to grow, game by game.”

The Dolphins will have a weeklong break from action as they prepare for final exams and return to the court on Sunday, Dec. 15 when they hit the road to take on Bethune-Cookman at 3 p.m.