JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The biggest rivalry in the First Coast was relived on Saturday afternoon and when it relates to the River City Rumble, the Jacksonville University women's basketball team one-ups its competition. The Dolphins' 68-56 victory over North Florida on Saturday afternoon captured back-to-back season sweeps over the Ospreys.
With Saturday's efforts, Sherranda Reddick has found herself in JU's history books once again. She led all players with 30 points on a 6-for-8 performance from beyond the arc. The total was two-points shy of tying the Dolphins' single-game record and is currently in second place. The record (32 points) was set on Nov. 13, 2006 by Ashley Williams.
"When you have a team that has gone through the journey that we have thus far, you learn to value a win," said Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. "The second half did not go as planned defensively but we are still a work in progress. For a young team, we are peaking at the right time and we just hope to continue to grow."
After a slow start where both teams combined to hit three shots before the first media stoppage, back-to-back baskets from Reddick provided the Dolphins with a 6-4 edge. Almost singlehandedly, she ignited an 11-2 spurt, scoring 10 of JU's points in the stretch, to strengthen JU's lead to 17-6.
The double-digit advantage lasted for much of the frame until the Osprey's closed within nine. A pair of UNF makes at the free-throw line made the score 37-28 and on the Dolphins next possession Reddick swished another three to lift JU back up, 40-28, with 2:27 left on the clock. Jacksonville closed the half on a 7-0 run to enter the break with a 44-28 lead.
At the half, the Dolphins made nearly twice as many shots as UNF as they shot 54.8 percent from the field (17-for-31) while the Ospreys were held to 31 percent (9-for-29).
JU's lead swelled to as much as 20-points, 55-35, with 14:37 left in the game and never once did it look back. In the win, the Fins improve to 8-13 overall and 3-5 in the Atlantic Sun while North Florida falls to 10-13 overall and 1-7 in the league.
Next week, Jacksonville hosts Kennesaw State and USC Upstate at Swisher Gymnasium. The Owls roll into town first on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.
- Reddick was a perfect 6-for-6 from the three-point area until a missed attempt with 3:42 remaining in the game
- She is one of four players in the A-Sun to post 30 or more points this season
- This year, JU is 5-0 when leading at halftime