Dolphins Roll Through Warriors In Season Opener

Dolphins Roll Through Warriors In Season Opener

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville women's basketball (1-0) began their 2018-19 campaign Wednesday night with a convincing win over the Webber International Warriors (2-2). The Dolphins outscored the Warriors in all four quarters, resulting in a 73-39 final. 

The game began with four different Dolphins contributing to a 13-0 run. The Warriors managed to cut into that lead just before the end of the first quarter, but a five-point differential is as close as they'd come to catching up with Jacksonville. The Dolphins tacked on 20 more points in the second quarter, again spreading the ball around and finding diverse ways to get to the basket. By the end of the first half the Dolphins held a 40-21 lead thanks to six different shooters.

The third quarter was the slowest by either team as the Dolphins would add just 12 points to their total. Shalonda Neely and Khadijah Brown combined for nine of them. However, a 3-for-14 effort by the Warriors in the third left little reason to worry about a comeback. The fourth quarter proved to be the most efficient offensively for Jacksonville as they added 21 points to the scoreboard and were able to coast the rest of the way.

Jacksonville shot 41.4 percent from the floor, knocking down 29-of-70 for the game. Senior Jasmyn Brown led all Dolphins with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting, the sixth time she's hit 20 points in her career. Khadijah Brown and Trudy Walker also scored double digits. Rolanda Hayes hauled in 10 rebounds and dished out four assists. 

"I saw some good things and I saw some things we need to make sure we work on. Rebounding the basketball, making easy plays, finishing easy plays, not settling for things…We gotta make sure we're focused on executing at all times, and knowing how to play together a little bit more," said Head Coach Darnell Haney. 

"It's the first game. We wanted to make sure we got some stuff out of the way. Tomorrow we prepare, and then we get ready to go."

Next, Jacksonville travels west to take on  #20 Texas A&M in College Station. The Aggies also won their first contest of the new season, defeating Rice 65-54. This is the first time Jacksonville has seen Texas A&M. The game is scheduled for 7 PM EST., and will be broadcast on WatchESPN.