NEWARK, N.J. – Jacksonville University forced 31 turnovers on its way to a 65-36 Atlantic Sun Confernce win over the New Jersey Institute of Technology in their first-ever meeting Tuesday.
Sherranda Reddick guided three double-figure scorers with a game-high 20 points. Kayla Gordon finished one rebound short of a double-double, recording 11 points and nine rebounds, while Briona Brown added 10 points.
Loliya Briggs returned to the Dolphins' lineup for the first time since late December. She finished the evening with two assists, two steals and one rebound in six minutes of play.
"Defensively, we were tenacious," said Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. "Our players played hard for 40 minutes.
"Every time we play, the intent needs to be to get better. We did what we wanted to do defensively. Now, we need our offense to match the intensity of our defense."
Jacksonville (13-7), winners of its last seven games, improved to 5-0 in Atlantic Sun action.
Despite nearly a six-minute scoring drought to start the second quarter -- neither side recorded a make until Gordon's layup with 4:22 on the clock -- Jacksonville entered halftime up, 32-10.
The advantage was due in large part to stellar defense. The Dolphins forced 25 NJIT turnovers in the first half and tallied 14 steals.
Fifteen points were scored off the Highlander mistakes as JU wrapped the second quarter shooting 41.9 percent (13-for-31) from the floor.
NJIT made a run in the third frame, scoring a quarter-high 15 points which included 11 in the first four minutes, but momentum remained largely with the Dolphins.
Jacksonville's 19 steals was a season-high. Seventeen against Savannah State on Jan. 2 was its prior best.
Saturday, Jacksonville welcomes Stetson to Swisher Gymnasium for a 1 p.m. tilt.