FGCU Escapes Dolphins in Overtime

FGCU Escapes Dolphins in Overtime

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville University women's basketball team was seconds away from handing Florida Gulf Coast its first Atlantic Sun loss since the 2013-14 season Wednesday. Instead, a last second layup forced an extra period where FGCU walked away with the 59-55 decision.  

Sherranda Reddick recorded a team-high 12 points and Christin Mercer added 10. Both Dolphins finished the night with six rebounds.

Jacksonville maintained a 46-42 edge with 4:40 left in regulation, and the score remained the same until an Eagle layup at the 50-second mark.

FGCU nearly tied the game on a pair of free throws (19.6) but missed both attempts. The game-tying score occurred after the Eagles forced a turnover on a JU inbound play. DyTiesha Dunson recorded the steal and found Stephanie Haas under the rim for a layup.  

Moving into overtime, tied at 46-all, FGCU opened the period on a 10-2 run.  

"First of all, hats off to Florida Gulf Coast," said Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. "That's a team with nine seniors, and when it was time for their experience to kick in, it did.

"For my team, we can learn and grow from this situation. I'm not going to give our girls a moral victory but I do know where my team is, and I'm excited for where we are going to go from here."

After a pair of unanswered runs opened the game, the Dolphins, trailing 8-0, overcame an early deficit to take a 13-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Jacksonville followed the Eagles' scoring act with a 6-0 run, and held its opposition scoreless for the final five minutes of the frame.

The Dolphins led by as much as nine, 19-10, with 5:57 remaining in the second quarter before allowing the Eagles to close the gap to 24-22 at the half.

In the decision, FGCU improved to 21-4 and 9-0 in the A-Sun; the Dolphins fell to 14-10, 6-3.

Jacksonville embarks on its final road trip of the regular season with visits to Kennesaw State and Lipscomb. Tip-off at KSU is set for 1 p.m. Saturday. 

Tip-Ins

  • Wednesday's decision snapped the Dolphins' nine-game home winning streak
  • JU outrebounded the Eagles, 34-23
  • There were three ties and six lead changes in the game
  • Briona Brown recorded six points with a game-high 11 rebounds