Dolphins Rally Comes Up Short vs USC Upstate

Dolphins Rally Comes Up Short vs USC Upstate

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville women's basketball team used a 41-point second half to overcome a 22-point halftime deficit, but came up just short in the end falling by a final of 60-58. The loss ends a three game win streak for the Dolphins which slip to 4-6 in the Atlantic Sun.

Sherranda Reddick led the way for Jacksonville with 20 points, including 18 in the second half as she shot 4-5 from beyond the arc after the break. Kayla Gordon added 11 points and Kimberly Dawkins grabbed 12 rebounds to go with her six points and three blocks.

A cold shooting first half by the Dolphins coupled with a 13-0 Spartans run left Jacksonville down 35-17 at halftime. Sharmayne Edwards did the bulk of the damage for USC Upstate totaling nine points during the 13-0 run as she went into the break with 17 points.

The start of the second looked to be more of the same as two jumpers from Edwards extended the Spartans lead to 39-17 just two minutes into the period. With USC Upstate appeared to the headed to an easy victory the Dolphins regrouped and said 'hold up wait a minute'.

A 21-5 spurt over the next eight minutes was powered by 11 points from Reddick, including a trio of three-pointers. Trailing 44-38 midway through the period the Dolphins continued to fight. Reddick added another three and three straight free throws over the next minute to help the lead down to three at 7:52.

With an energized Jacksonville line-up causing fits for the Spartans the game remained tight. The Dolphins eventually took the lead with three minutes to go at 55-54 on a free throw by Dawkins. Edwards had the answer for the Spartans however on the other end to regain the advantage for USC Upstate.

Edawrds, who led all scorers with 29 points, added a clutch free throw in the final minute to push the lead up to three for the Spartans. The Dolphins had one last possession to tie. A missed three-point attempt was rebounded by Brandi Buie in the closing seconds. Buie was quick with the put back, but was hammered on the attempt causing her shot with one second left to just roll of the rim and eliminate the chance for a game tying old-fashioned three-point play. Buie would then hit the first free throw attempt before an intentional miss that was secured by the Spartans and gave them the victory.

Jacksonville is back in action next week with road games at Northern Kentucky and Lipscomb.