Dolphins Show Fight in Loss to Preseason Favorites

Dolphins Show Fight in Loss to Preseason Favorites

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Jacksonville women's basketball (11-11, 4-5 ASUN) took on the ASUN leading FGCU Eagles (17-4, 8-0 ASUN) in Fort Myers, Fla. Saturday afternoon. The 'Phins hung in there through four quarters, but eventually fell 82-58 to the preseason favorites. 

Jacksonville scored the first two points of the game before FGCU went on a 10-0 run to grab an early first quarter lead. Although the Eagles went up by as much as 12 in the first, Jasmyn Brown's 3-for-3 start from 3-point range helped the Dolphins stay in it. An 11-2 run over the last 2:31 allowed Jacksonville to escape the first trailing by just three.

Jacksonville's shooting improved to 50 percent during the second, but an 8-of-13 quarter by the Eagles had the deficit up to 15 at one point. Again, Jacksonville whittled the lead down to single-digits with a Rolanda Hayes triple and four successful trips to the free-throw line. At the half, FGCU led 39-31.

The Eagles carried their hot shooting into the third quarter, connecting on over 50 percent of their attempts for a third straight quarter. Meanwhile, the Dolphins went 2-of-11 to begin the third, and found themselves down 17 by the midway point. Jacksonville ended the third quarter on a high note when the ball was inbounded with one second remaining and Shalonda Neely grabbed a bucket and foul to add three before heading to the fourth.

Trailing by 14 at the start of the final quarter, Jacksonville would add just 12 more points before the game concluded. The Eagles had their most efficient quarter, shooting 64.3 percent and putting the comeback out of reach. 

Brown led all Dolphins with 18 points. On a made free-throw in the third quarter, Brown moved past her sister, Briona Brown, into the fifth spot on JU's all-time scoring list. Amber Bender hauled in a career-high 13 rebounds and scored six points. As a team, the Dolphins out-rebounded the Eagles 38-31, and have yet to be out-rebounded by any ASUN opponent this season. 

Up next, Jacksonville returns to Swisher Gymnasium for a second meeting with the Kennesaw State Owls (5-15, 1-6 ASUN). That game is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7 PM, and will be broadcast on ESPN+.