Dolphins Pound Panthers, 80-44, at Home

Dolphins Pound Panthers, 80-44, at Home

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville University women's basketball team raced out to a quick start and never looked back in an 80-44 trouncing of Florida International at Swisher Gymnasium Sunday.

In the decision, Jacksonville improved to .500 on the season with an overall record of 4-4 and remained unbeaten at home.

Christin Mercer led the Dolphins' attack with 17 points while Brandi Buie and Kayla Gordon each added 15. The outing marked another near double-double for Gordon who also recorded nine rebounds.

Playing well on both ends of the court, Sherranda Reddick finished with five points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals.

Jacksonville's next game is set for Saturday, Dec. 12, at Bethune-Cookman in a noon tipoff.

"Our identity is defense," said Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. "We wanted to impose our defensive will over FIU by holding them to under 12 points a quarter. We did that in three of the four [quarters].

"We had to protect our house. This is where we shoot.  This is where we workout every day. These are our friends and family. When we're home, we don't want to disappoint."

The Dolphins' 38-19 edge at halftime was the result of extra possessions created on FIU turnovers. Jacksonville scored 14 points on 11 FIU mishaps in the first 20 minutes and doubled that effort by the conclusion of the game.

As a team, JU shot 45.8 percent (33-72) from the floor, while holding FIU to 33.3 percent (16-48).

Coming into Sunday's contest, the Panthers averaged 70.3 points per game. Janka Hegedus scored a game-high 18 points for FIU but the Dolphins limited the team's two other leading scorers to well under their season averages.