Big First Half Lifts Dolphins Over EWC at UNF Christmas Classic
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University women's basketball led from opening tip to the final whistle to win its fourth straight game and remain undefeated in the UNF Christmas Classic with a 79-58 victory against Edward Waters, Tuesday afternoon.
The Dolphins (8-4) shot 54 percent from the floor for the second time this season. They previously shot 55.7 percent against Flagler on Dec. 10 – a 79-52 Dolphin victory.
Brandi Buie led all scorers with 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including 3-for-4 beyond the arc. Jasmyn Brown added 15 points, while Khadijah Brown recorded a game-high nine rebounds with three blocks.
Lindsay John played 22 minutes at the point to dish a career-high eight assists.
"Today we just focused on getting everybody an opportunity," stated Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. "It will benefit us in the long run to have some depth. The only way to find out who you have is to give them an opportunity to play and that's what today was about.
"The starters and the ones coming off the bench – the starting eight – they came in focused and ready to play. The first eight played a solid game."
Jacksonville held EWC (13-1) scoreless and forced six turnovers through the opening five minutes en route to a 24-7 advantage through the first quarter.
The Tigers were unable to crack double digits until 6:37 remaining in the second quarter.
The Dolphins shot 56.7 percent from the floor and led by as many as 28 with 1:38 to go before the half. Jacksonville did not allow the Tigers to come within 20 for the remaining 4:58 of the second quarter as 10 Dolphins recorded points. Buie and Jasmyn Brown led JU at the break with 15 and 10, respectively.
Shooting 50 percent from the floor, the Tigers took advantage of 8 out of 12 opportunities at the free throw line and outscored the Dolphins 18-16 in the third quarter.
Jacksonville hovered around a 28-point edge late in the second half as Khadijah Brown sparked an 8-0 run with 26 seconds left in the third quarter. Naqaiyyah Teague's lay in with 7:40 to play put the Dolphins ahead, 70-42.
Jacksonville then held off a resurging Edward Waters down the stretch as the Tigers outscored the Dolphins 16-15.
JU is now 3-0 in the UNF Christmas Classic after victories over UC-Davis and Wofford at last season's event.
The Dolphins return to action tomorrow, Dec. 20 when they square off with Northern Kentucky at 12 p.m.