CORAL GABLES, Fla. – In its worst offensive effort this season, the Jacksonville University women's basketball team suffered a 65-36 setback at Miami (Fla.) on Saturday evening. The Dolphins were nearly perfect from the free throw line, knocking down 15 of 17 attempts, but shot a meager 23.1 percent (9-of-42) from the field and notched 31 turnovers. With the defeat, JU dropped to 2-5 overall.
Guard Briona Brown directed JU with 14 points which included a 6-for-7 free throw performance and six rebounds. Grabbing a team-high 13 boards, forward Kimberly Dawkins was one rebound shy of tying her career high.
BankUnited Center was quiet for the first four minutes of the contest. Both squads struggled to find their offensive rhythm until guard Loliya Briggs' trip to the free throw line provided JU with a 2-0 advantage. After the calm start, the Hurricanes ran a 20-0 run while Jacksonville was still looking for its first basket from the floor.
Guard Sherranda Reddick penetrated the lane for JU's first field goal (4:25) but the Dolphins entered the break trailing, 28-12.
Scoring opportunities were hard to come by for the majority of the second frame. With 7:49 on the clock, JU had only taken seven shot attempts and connected on one with the scoreboard reading: U of M 52, JU 19.
In the final minutes, Brown carried the Dolphins' offensive production, contributing nine of the last 17 points.
Jacksonville will have a weeklong break before hosting FIU at Swisher Gymnasium on Sunday, Dec. 14. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
- The last time JU shot .275 or worse was against Florida State (.254) on 12/8/13
- In road contests, the Fins are 0-4
- Dawkins recorded 13 rebounds on the night. She posted 14, her career high, vs. Trinity Baptist in JU's last outing