ORLANDO, Fla. - Turnovers and sluggish shooting plagued the Jacksonville University women's basketball team as it fell on the road to UCF by a score of 71-59. The defeat dropped the Dolphins to 1-4 on the season while the Knights improved to 3-1.
Sophomore forward Briona Brown and junior guard Loliya Briggs combined for 27 points, posting 14 and 13, respectively. In 11 minutes of action, freshman guard Jazlynd Rollins played her best game yet with seven points and three rebounds.
The Dolphins did everything right to start the contest. In the first five minutes, JU's defensive pressure led to three Knight turnovers, and while the Fins controlled the tempo, points were hard to come by as they held a slight 5-2 advantage. After a media timeout, the Knights maneuvered a 6-0 run to take the lead.
Neither team shot particularly well from the floor, both were under 35 percent in the first half, but uncharacteristic JU basketball which included 13 turnovers, the Dolphins average 18 in a full game, allowed the Knights to hold the Dolphins at bay. On Jacksonville miscues, UCF scored 14 points, and at the break it held a 36-28 cushion.
Entering the second frame, the squads were scoreless for two and a half minutes until Shaleighya Sulton knocked down a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to six. Back-and-fourth scoring ensued and with the clock winding down, the Dolphins were in desperate need of stops and scores.
Kimberly Dawkins cracked the Knight's double-digit ceiling on a trip to the line with 1:28 remaining, and on the next play, a steal by Sherranda Reddick led to a Brown layup to close the gap to seven, 65-58 (1:16).
With JU over the limit in fouls, the charity strip bailed the Knights out of a tough situation as they shot two on every whistle. In the end, UCF went 4-for-6 at the free throw line to close the game.
Jacksonville will have a weeklong break from action before it returns to Swisher Gymnasium on Tuesday, Dec. 2 to take on Trinity Baptist. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.