Dolphins Drop Decision at Stetson

Kimberly Dawkins (photo by Skip Tapp - www.widespreadphotography.com/judolphins)
Kimberly Dawkins (photo by Skip Tapp - www.widespreadphotography.com/judolphins)

DELAND, Fla. – The Jacksonville University women's basketball team visited Stetson on Wednesday night where it suffered a 73-47 setback. In the defeat, JU's winning streak was capped at three as it fell to 6-9 overall and 1-1 in the Atlantic Sun.

Sherranda Reddick led the Dolphins with 12 points while Briona Brown added nine. Both Kimberly Dawkins and Kayla Gordon added six points with Dawkins contributing a team-high nine rebounds.

Turnovers stalled the Dolphins' offensive output early on. By the first stoppage of play, mishaps limited JU to three shot attempts and Stetson held a 7-0 advantage (15:47).

Luckily for the Fins, while their offense was lacking, their defense was running on all cylinders. Reddick knocked down JU's first basket, a three-pointer at the top of the key, to ignite a 7-0 run and tie the contest at 7-all with 13:00 on the clock.

The score remained knotted for nearly two minutes until an 8-0 Hatter run provided the team with the separation it would maintain for the remainder of the half.

At intermission, the Hatters were up 34-19, while shooting 48.1 percent (13-for-27) from the floor with contributions from each of their starters. For the Dolphins, Reddick came off the bench with six points while the team went 25 percent from the field (6-for-24).

Out of the break, Reddick again started a JU run with a make from downtown. The 7-0 stretch pulled the Fins within eight, 34-26, before an Amber Porter layup lifted the Hatters back up to double figures (16:09). On the next possession, Jenny Vernet closed the gap to nine, the score would be a nine-point difference again with 12:23 remaining, but that was as close a margin it would get in the final frame. In that four minute period, the teams combined to score eight points and JU trailed, 40-31.

At the 5:34 mark, the Hatters outshot JU by a margin of 16-to-6 with Brianti Saunders paving the way with seven points. She led the Hatters with 22 on the night while three of her teammates also finished in double-figures.

Jacksonville returns to Historic Swisher Gymnasium on Saturday, Jan. 17 for a 7 p.m. contest against Florida Gulf Coast.