JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville University women's basketball team tallied its largest winning margin in its 16-year history with a 98-24 victory over Trinity Baptist. Shattering a record previously set in 2006 when the Fins trounced Charleston Southern on the road by 39 points, 105-66, the new program best also marks JU's largest winning margin at home.
"We weren't aware [of the record] and we weren't trying to go after it," said Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. "Right now we're just trying to be a better team. If we're setting records on the way, then great. But that wasn't our end goal. We really just want to prepare ourselves for conference play."
After numerous exhibition games, the two teams met for the first time in the regular season as JU improved to 2-4 overall.
In three of the Fins' six contests this season, sophomore guard Sherranda Reddick has led all scorers. On Tuesday, she reprised the effort with 19 points to go alongside five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Junior forward Briona Brown posted 15 points with nine rebounds, three assists and three steals while freshman guard Keanua Williams was a spark off the bench.
In her first collegiate contest, Williams tied an individual game record last set in 2012. Recording a game-high seven steals against the Eagles, the Dolphins posted 23 on the night, placed Williams' name in the history books in a four-woman tie. Her stat line also included eight points, four rebounds and four assists.
"We have six freshmen," McCuin continued. "As they are finding themselves, we are trying to find a consistent group. There's no surprise Keanua can do things offensively. The challenge for her and all of our freshmen is defense. As we continue to grow, expect different people to show up on different nights. Tonight, we were happy to see that from Keanua."
The Dolphins kicked off the game with a 17-0 run that concluded nine minutes after the opening tip. Putting on a show in front of a packed Swisher Gymnasium, JU ended the frame shooting 57.1 percent from the field to enter the locker room with a 55-7 advantage at the break.
Though slightly less efficient in the second frame, the Dolphins still managed to put up 43 points with 30 off them occurring in the paint. The victory marks the first time this season the Fins have shot better than 50 percent from the floor. They finished knocking down 41-of-78 (52.6 percent).
Next, the Dolphins will play the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday, Dec. 6. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.