JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Shooting 62.5 percent from the floor in the first half, the Jacksonville University women's basketball team led the entire contest to defeat Thomas, 88-50, in its home opener Tuesday night.
Kayla Gordon recorded her second straight double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, joining five other Dolphins who scored in double figures. Christin Mercer came off the bench to add 17 points, four rebounds, four steals and four assists in 15 minutes of play.
In the decision, the Dolphins improve to 2-2 on the season. Thanksgiving morning, the team travels to North Carolina for a pair of games in the UNC Wilmington Tournament. Tipoff against the host is set for 2 p.m. Friday.
Gordon notched Jacksonville's first basket at the 9:46 mark and outscored the Night Hawks before the close of the quarter. She recorded 10 points, eight on layups, to lead the Dolphins to a 17-6 edge with 3:51 remaining in the first and the team cruised from there.
Shooting 20-for-32 from the floor and 8-for-10 from the free throw line, Jacksonville held a 49-28 advantage at halftime.
"We actually didn't talk about offense coming into this game," said Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. "We're the type of team that is going to generate offense from our defense. The reason why we shot so well was because we defended."
"We were able to get out in transition because we have five people that can bring the ball up and that's an added bonus for us. I think if we continue to defend at a high level, we'll see our offensive production at high level."