SWEEP LIFE

Sherranda Reddick (photo by Skip Tapp - www.widespreadphotography.com/judolphins)
Sherranda Reddick (photo by Skip Tapp - www.widespreadphotography.com/judolphins)

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.

Kayla Gordon finished the contest with 11 points, eight rebounds and two steals while Kimberly Dawkins recorded a team-high 10 rebounds with six points, three blocks and three steals.

"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.

Fin Notes

  • 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