TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Proving why it's the top defensive team in the ASUN Conference, Jacksonville University women's basketball held No. 13/13 Florida State to its lowest point production against an ASUN team this season in an 82-50 decision at the Donald L. Tucker Center, Thursday evening.
In their season-opener, the Seminoles defeated North Florida 109-51 and on Dec. 7 they recorded an 84-39 over Stetson.
Jasmyn Brown paced Jacksonville's offense with a team-high 12 points, while Kayla Gordon worked the boards with a game-high nine rebounds. Brandi Buie added eight points and La'Karis Salter chipped in with seven off the bench.
"Right now we're just working to put ourselves in a position to be competitive in conference," state Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin.
"We wanted to cut down their offensive rebounds. Going into the half, we were tied in rebounding and that's impressive against a team like that. I'm proud of my team; they came out and competed. They didn't play scared. We jumped out on them because we were ready to play and attack them from the jump. I'm proud of my team and looking forward to our next game."
Jacksonville (9-5) held the advantage over Florida State (12-1) for 2:34 in the first quarter and took a 9-6 lead with 6:26 on the clock before forcing the Seminoles to call a timeout.
A Buie three-pointer at 3:17 put an end to a 9-0 Seminole run before Florida State extended its lead to 22-12 at the break. Jacksonville kept the pressure the Seminoles and stayed within 10 points through the opening period.
Salter connected on a shot from beyond the top of the arc to follow up a three-pointer from Jasmyn Brown with 6:34 remaining in the second.
The Dolphins then used a 5-0 run beginning with a jumper from Salter at 4:10 to come within nine, 34-25, with 2:28 remaining in the half. The Seminoles led 38-25 at the intermission.
Jasmyn Brown recorded baskets on back-to-back trips down the floor, first following her own shot for a layup at 2:47, then connecting on a shot beyond the arc with 2:08 to go. She accounted for eight of the Dolphins' 13 points in the quarter.
In the end, Florida State outscored the Dolphins 44-25 in the second half.
Jacksonville returns Historic Swisher Gymnasium Sunday, Dec. 31 when they take on Savannah State at 2:00 p.m.