JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville women's basketball (3-4) hosted Bethune-Cookman (4-2) Wednesday evening in their second home contest of the season. Despite overcoming a 10 point deficit in the fourth quarter, the Dolphins were unable to finish the job, falling to the Wildcats 58-56.
Freshman Johné Stewart broke the scoring open with a three-pointer in the first 30 seconds of the game, which helped lift the Dolphins to an early 7-2 lead. Firing back, however, were the Wildcats with a 13-2 run over the next 4:30 that put the Dolphins in a hole they'd have trouble climbing out of throughout the game. Still, just one point separated the two teams as they entered the second quarter.
In the second, neither team was able to sustain any kind of a run, as six points was the largest gap between them. While the Wildcats relied heavily on seniors Chisimmie Brown and Angel Golden, Jacksonville spread the ball around, getting eight different players involved. By halftime, Jasmyn Brown's six points led the team, and the score sat at 31-27 in favor of Bethune-Cookman.
The third quarter saw Bethune-Cookman gain some separation as they outscored the Dolphins 22-16, though, both teams shot better than 40 percent. The difference in the third came at the free-throw line, where the Wildcats collected nine points on top of a three-pointer that extended their advantage to 10. By the end of the third the score was 53-43.
In the fourth, Jacksonville locked in defensively. They held the Wildcats to 1-of-11 from the floor, and gave up just five points total. Meanwhile, the Dolphins began making their comeback, whittling away at the Wildcat lead until finally tying the game at 56-all with a Kiara Meeks basket with 1:46 to play. Then, with five seconds left in the game the Wildcats grabbed their only bucket of the fourth quarter. Jacksonville made a last-second attempt to tie it, but fell short.
Jasmyn Brown led all Dolphins with 14 points. Trudy Walker recorded her second double-double in five days with 10 points and 16 rebounds. Meeks reached double figures for a third time this season with 12 points.
Next, Jacksonville travels up to Happy Valley to face Penn State (4-2). It's the first time the two programs have face one another. The game is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 PM, and will be broadcast on BTN+.