Eagles Soar Past WBB, 62-43
Photo By Linwood Ferguson
Photo By Linwood Ferguson

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida Gulf Coast steered the game from the opening tip as the Eagles downed the Jacksonville University women’s basketball team, 62-43, on Thursday night.

The contest was an uncharacteristic shooting night for JU. They typically allow 66.2 points per game; so it wasn’t out of the ordinary for FGCU (19-7, 13-1) to finish around that mark.

However, at home, JU averages 74.9 points per game. The difference maker lied in the Dolphins collectively hitting a season-low 12 shots from the field.

Senior forward Jade Cargill recorded nine points and 11 rebounds for the Fins while sophomore guard Queen Alford added eight points and four rebounds.

Stephanie Haas directed all-scorers on 17 points and her teammate Sarah Hansen added a double-double on 14 points with 10 rebounds.  

With a 12-5 cushion nearly five minutes into the contest, the Eagles hovered around a three score advantage for the next ten minutes until a steal and layup from DyTiesha Dunson moved the Fins out of close range, 25-12, with 6:41 left in the half. The basket marked the first from either side since 10:18.

Edging the Eagles 7-6 to close the frame, the Fins entered into halftime trailing 34-19.

Cargill opened the second frame scoring four unanswered points to pull JU within 11, 34-23, with 17:31 remaining. The Dolphins continued battled to draw around 12 points until Haas knocked down back-to-back three pointers, 33-51, at 9:15. The 10-0 run, which included eight points from Haas, allowed FGCU to pull away for good.  

JU (10-14, 7-6) returns to action when they host Stetson on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. in Swisher Gymnasium.