NEWARK, N.J. – Continuing its hot streak against ASUN Conference opponents, Jacksonville University women's basketball picked up its fifth-straight victory with an 88-58 win at NJIT, Saturday afternoon. The Dolphins' 88 points match their most in a game this season.
Four Dolphins posted double figures, as senior Kayla Gordon recorded a career-high 22 points and 13 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season. Jasmyn Brown capitalized on a trio of three-pointers, while handing out five assists, en route to a 19-point performance. Brandi Buie added 14, while Naqaiyyah Teague neared double-double territory with 10 points and 7 boards.
"I thought everybody that scored was prepared to score," stated Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. "We did a great job in transition; we did a great job at being under control and taking our time, which allowed us to finish."
Finish they did – on both ends of the floor – as Jacksonville (14-5, 4-0 ASUN) shot over 50 percent in the first (55.6) and third (60.0) quarters, while holding the Highlanders to just 37.3 percent from the floor. The Dolphins also forced 10 of NJIT's 18 turnovers, as both Gordon and Buie recorded a pair of steals.
The Dolphins rode waves of intensity, opening the game on an 11-0 run and holding NJIT (2-17, 0-4 ASUN) to single digits in the first quarter for a 24-8 lead.
Jacksonville extended its lead to 43-26 at the half, despite the Highlanders' second quarter effort to match the Dolphins nearly point-for-point.
A 13-2 run midway through the third – capped by five points from Gordon – pushed Jacksonville's lead to 30, 64-34, with 4:04 remaining.
The Dolphins opened the final quarter on a 10-0 surge and achieved its largest lead of the game – 81-43 – with 6:26 to play.
Added McCuin, "I liked the intensity that we played with. In order for us to have success though, we're going to have to play with that same intensity for four quarters and that's what we want to build on."
Tatianna Torres and Kelly Guarino led the Highlanders with 16 and 15 points, respectively, while Danielle Tunstall recorded a team-high eight rebounds.
The Dolphins return to action Monday, Jan. 22 at USC Upstate. Tipoff is slated for 7:00 p.m.