DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kayla Gordon's ninth career double-double paced all players as the Jacksonville University women's basketball team earned its third straight victory Saturday, a 63-53 success over Bethune-Cookman.
Shooting 8-for-15 from the field, Gordon recorded a career-high 19 points with 13 rebounds. Sherranda Reddick added 18 points and six rebounds while Jasmyn Brown chipped in with 10 points and four assists.
Brandi Buie dished a career-high seven assists and tied her career-high with seven rebounds.
"I knew my team needed a win," said Gordon. "Things have been a bit shaky on the road. We lost three close games and I didn't want tonight to be the same so I had to come out and do what I needed to do to help the team win."
"Kayla played phenomenally," added Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. "After she didn't get the double-double [against FIU] she was pretty disappointed. She made it a personal challenge to go after it today and get a streak going."
Jacksonville returns to action Monday with an 11 a.m. tilt at Wake Forest.
With active hands on the defensive end, the Dolphins forced four B-CU turnovers to take a 5-0 advantage at the start of the contest. Jacksonville continued to pad its edge, and never trailed, though the Wildcats chipped away on a few occasions. Taylor Houston's three-pointer closed the gap to two, 9-7, with 5:03 remaining and Jasmyn Brown's trey cemented the quarter, 19-10.
By the 6:14 mark of the second frame, the Dolphins held a double-digit lead and maintained it through the final minute of the third quarter. A 7-0 B-CU run, lasting nearly four minutes, allowed the Wildcats to shorten JU's edge to 49-40 before Loliya Briggs put a cap on the Dolphins' scoring drought with a midrange shot; the basket stamped the stanza.
Dolphin miscues allowed B-CU to creep its way back into the game. An advantage as high as 17 dwindled to three with four minutes left in regulation.
"The team was extremely positive. Basketball is a game of runs and they didn't get caught up in the [Bethune-Cookman] run. We just made the commitment to get stops on the defensive end and because of that we were able to come out with the win."
Coming out of the final media timeout leading 55-52, Reddick singlehandedly posted a 7-0 run. In the stretch, the junior guard recorded a jumper, three-pointer and coast-to-coast layup after a steal to provide the Dolphins with some space.
In the final two minutes of play, scoring slowed on both sides as B-CU registered a free throw and the Dolphins tallied one final field goal, a layup by Briggs.
Gordon tallied her ninth career double-double with 3:17 on the clock in the third quarter after grabbing a rebound on a missed Wildcat free throw. Jacksonville outrebounded the home team, 43-31, which included 14 offensive boards.
"We're starting to show some grit," continued McCuin. "This game allowed the team to show to us, themselves and everyone else that we are going to be a tough team."