DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It was a game of runs at Moore Gymnasium Sunday afternoon and it lasted from tip-off to the final horn. In the end, it was the Jacksonville University women's basketball team that walked away the victor in a 68-58 decision over Bethune-Cookman.
Jasmyn Brown swished three consecutive three-pointers starting at the 3:13 mark of the fourth quarter to close the door for good. The contest marked Jacksonville's third straight win.
Kayla Gordon earned her third double-double of the season on 14 points and 10 rebounds while Naqaiyyah Teague earned her first as a Dolphin with 10 and 10, respectively. Brown finished the afternoon with 13 points, and Khadijah Brown posted nine points and eight boards.
"This was a character win for us," said Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. "When times get tough we have to rely on character. Character shows resilience.
"When I went into the locker room [at halftime] I asked them what they wanted to do. In the first half, they just outplayed us in every facet. Nothing worked. They told me what they wanted to do, and they just came out and executed."
Jacksonville concluded the first quarter with a scoring run, but the Wildcats opened the second with one of their own. The scoreboard read 16-all after 10 minutes of action, as Jacksonville's post, Khadijah Brown and Shalonda Neely, combined for three baskets in the final 2:06 to combat a five-point scoring difference.
With 7:20 on the clock in the second quarter, Teague recorded the Dolphins' first field goal of the period by grabbing an offensive board and laying it in. The bucket ended a 7-0 B-CU run, but Jacksonville entered the half trailing, 32-25.
The deficit was short lived.
As they've proven all season long, the Dolphins will battle until the final whistle. Gordon kicked off the second half with a high-arcing lay-up and it ignited a 16-4 scoring stretch. The Wildcats' lone points during the stretch were recorded on separate trips to the free-throw line.
With 4:49 remaining in the third, Jacksonville maintained a 41-36 advantage, but saw its lead dwindle to 42-all at the end of the quarter as it struggled to find offense in the closing minutes of the frame. Bethune-Cookman's first field goal of the third quarter was notched with 1:04 remaining.
Jacksonville continues Winter Break action at the UNF Holiday Classic. The two-day tournament will see the Dolphins face Edward Waters College Tuesday and Northern Kentucky Wednesday. Both games are scheduled for 12 p.m. and will be held on the campus of North Florida.