ARLINGTON, Texas – The Jacksonville University women's basketball team outscored Dartmouth, 21-9, in the fourth quarter en route to a 51-44 victory Saturday afternoon.
Four Dolphins finished in double digits and Kayla Gordon led the pack with a double-double on 13 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Sherranda Reddick posted 12 points while Briona Brown and Jasmyn Brown added 10 each.
"Our players were really sick over the ending of yesterday's game," said Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. "I said to them 'that's in the past, we can't control that but we can control tonight.'
The first two quarters were not JU basketball. The last two were, and if we can get four quarters of play like how we closed tonight, we're going to be in the championship game at the end of the year."
The Dolphins won the opening tip, scored on the possession and struggled to find their shot the remainder of the half. Four Fins contributed two points each at the close of the first quarter and a combined 6-for-24 clip from the floor, joined by 13 turnovers, saw the team trailing, 28-17, at halftime.
After limiting the Big Green to seven points in the third quarter, the Dolphins revitalized their play on both ends of the court and closed the gap to 35-30.
In the midst of an 8-0 run, Jasmyn Brown tied the contest at 35-all with 6:46 left in regulation and the Dolphins crowned the stretch with their first lead since the six-minute mark of the first period. The Big Green ended JU's run with a trey, its first points of the quarter, and the sides tied twice before the conclusion of the game.
Reddick broke the 42-42 stalemate with a three pointer (1:47) and Jacksonville cruised to victory from there.
The success marked Jacksonville's first victory of the season while also wrapping its first-ever appearance in the Preseason Women's National Invitational Tournament.
The Dolphins (1-2) welcome Thomas to Swisher Gymnasium Tuesday in their home opener. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast on ESPN3.