TROY, Ala. – Friday's women's basketball game between Jacksonville University (4-4) and Troy (4-1) featured everything a fan would want. It was highly-contested, exciting, fast paced and a little chippy.
In a one-point game in favor of the Trojans with 1.2 seconds remaining, Jasmyn Brown swished a deep three-pointer to pull the Dolphins up by one. Troy called a timeout to advance the ball after the play, and banked a lay-in under the basket on an inbound lob.
The game fell in Troy's odds, 89-88.
"I just had to be aggressive on the offensive end, and let my defense lead me into offense. If I'm open, I'll take the shot," said Brown. "My teammates got the ball to me, and I felt comfortable so I just shot it.
"We just have to use [today] as motivation. There were things we didn't want to give up, but we have to learn from it and progress."
Neither side led by more than four points in a first half that included 14 lead changes and 14 ties.
With Jacksonville's starters in early foul trouble, the team's bench picked up the slack. Brown became the first player in double-digits, with 11 points in the first quarter alone, and was the lone Dolphin starter to play every minute in the first half.
Jacksonville held a 40-39 edge at halftime, and opened the third quarter with a 6-0 run.
Brandi Buie picked up the baton, scoring 10 points in the first six minutes the quarter, after being held scoreless in the first half.
A pair of free throws by Kayla Gordon saw Jacksonville's edge swell to 58-48 with 4:15 remaining in the third, but the edge shrunk to one after an 11-2 Trojan run.
Amanda Mendoza and Harriet Winchester hit a pair of three-pointers in the stretch, and another deep ball allowed Troy to regain a slight 66-65 lead at the end of the period. The home team opened the final stanza on a 9-2 run, but the pesky Dolphins wouldn't allow the edge to stick for long.
It was a one-point game, 86-85, at the 1:55 mark, and the lone lead swap was the heroic Brown trey. She finished the game with a career-high 29 points, and the tally ranks third in program history for a single-game.
Gordon earned her third double-double of the year on 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Naqaiyyah Teague added 10 and six and Buie 12 and three, respectively.
Jacksonville continues its Alabama road swing Sunday with a 2:05 p.m. contest at South Alabama.