JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville University women's basketball team hosted Northern Kentucky at Swisher Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon and the team's swapped momentum over the halves with NKU earning the victory by a score of 70-59. The Dolphins led from the opening tip until the final minute of the first frame, while the Norse held the edge in the second stanza despite a tie and two lead changes.
Sherranda Reddick finished the contest with 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Kayla Gordon, making her second start of the season, recorded 15 points and eight rebounds. Briona Brown returned to the double-digit club with 10 points.
There were five made three-pointers in the first three minutes and the Dolphins were blazing from downtown. The shot clock stalled at two seconds before JU inbounded the ball and LaDeyah Forte' swished a deep three to forgo what could have been a violation. Her basket ignited a 9-0 Dolphin run as Reddick connected on the next two three-balls and JU held an 11-5 advantage with 17:23 remaining.
Jacksonville took its lone double-digit lead, 21-10, at the 12:38 mark before an 8-0 NKU run pulled the team within three, 21-18. Reddick halted the Norse's drive with a trip to the free throw line and while visits to the charity stripe were all the Dolphins could collect for the next four minutes, in regards to the score, JU remained in the driver's seat.
The final minute of the half was most eventful. After leading for 19 minutes, the Fins gave up a 7-0 run and surrendered their advantage in the stretch. With seconds on the clock, a Christine Roush three-pointer earned NKU its first lead at 31-30 and a late layup allowed the Norse to close the half up 33-30.
The Norse maintained their edge at the start of the second frame until Brown regained JU's lead on a layup with 15:45 left in regulation. For the next three minutes, Jacksonville kept a three-point tip until another trey by Roush tied the contest at 42-all (13:20) and the team posted an 11-0 run which included eight points by Rianna Gayheart.
Even with momentum in favor of NKU, the Dolphins battled to close within two, 50-52, at the 8:12 mark. Unfortunately for JU, it was unable to break even or garner another edge as a 12-0 run allowed NKU to separate for good.
In the decision, JU fell to 6-12 on the year and 1-4 in the Atlantic Sun. Next, the Dolphins travel to USC Upstate for a 7 p.m. contest on Thursday, Jan. 29.