STATESBORO, Ga. - Jacksonville University's women's basketball team went to Georgia Southern and nearly took it to the Eagles on their home court. JU held a lead late in the second half until a pair of GSU three-pointers allowed them to run away with the 78-65 victory.
For the second consecutive game, Sherranda Reddick led all scorers with 24 points. Briona Brown added 12 points while Brandi Buie chipped in with 10, her first double-figure point total of her collegiate career. Kimberly Dawkins also had a stellar evening, finishing with six points, eight rebounds and three blocks.
Landing either a shot from the field or a free throw, Jacksonville opened the contest scoring on its first six possessions. Brown and Reddick pioneered the stretch, posting five and four points, respectively, until it concluded with the Dolphins holding an 11-9 advantage with 15:47 remaining in the half.
The back-and-fourth scoring continued until GSU hit a three-pointer to take a slight 14-13 edge (13:41) which ignited a 7-2 Eagle run (21-15). Momentum began to swing in JU's favor when a Jazlynd Rollins trey pushed the Fins within three, 25-22, with 8:04 left but that was as close as they would pull as GSU entered the locker room up, 36-29.
A different JU team walked on the court following the break. In the first five minutes, the Fins limited GSU to four points while posting 11 on the other end. Buie and Dawkins powered through Eagle defenders working the low post and suddenly the score saw JU down by only three, 40-37. A few minutes later, Kayla Gordon made it a two-point game, 44-42, when she pulled down an offensive board and laid it back in with 13:55 left.
At 10:58 mark, Reddick swished a contended three that would've given JU the lead but instead it was negated on an illegal screen. On the very next play, Reddick drew a charge and with the extra possession Dawkins connected to give JU a one point edge, 48-47.
Both squads put on a clinic from then on, trading baskets for the next four minutes until back-to-back threes lifted the Eagles, 64-56, at the 5:20 mark. Those two buckets proved to be the game changer as the Dolphins trailed by seven for much of the final minutes before Eagle free throws closed the door.
Jacksonville will make its first appearance at Swisher Gymnasium in its home opener against Bethune-Cookman on Thursday, Nov. 20. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m.