JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville women's basketball (12-11, 5-5 ASUN) put five in double-figures on their way to a decisive victory over Kennesaw State (5-16, 1-7 ASUN) Tuesday night. Jacksonville led the Owls for all but five minutes in the contest and came away with their third double-digit victory since beginning ASUN play.
The first quarter saw the Owls take their only lead of the game, up by four three minutes in. While the Owls put together a smooth 60 percent shooting effort in the first, it was Jacksonville that led 17-14 after 10. The lead was built upon four made 3-pointers by the 'Phins, with Rolanda Hayes and Mariah Batz each sinking two.
Jacksonville began to find separation in the second, going up by as many as 19 before the game hit halftime. It was also during the second quarter that Jasmyn Brown overtook the four spot on Jacksonville's all-time scoring list. A 3-for-3 quarter by Trudy Walker and another pair of triples were all part of a 55 percent shooting effort for the quarter. Meanwhile, the Owls missed five attempts from behind the arc and put up just 10 points in the second. By the time the game reached its halfway point the Dolphins held onto a commanding 41-24 lead.
Although the Owls stepped up their defensive play in the third, a 4-of-13 quarter wouldn't be enough to put a dent in Jacksonville's lead. It was during the third that Shalonda Neely began making her presence felt in the game. The senior center went 3-for-3 and dealt three blocks in the third. The score sat at 56-37 as the teams entered the fourth.
The Owls outscored Jacksonville for the first time during the final quarter and managed to pull within 11 points of tying the game. However, the Dolphins put themselves in position to slow down the pace of play and rode out the final 10 minutes to a 68-53 victory. It was Jacksonville's 13th win over the last 14 meetings with the Owls.
Hayes led the Dolphins in scoring with 13 points, six of which came from 3-point range. Neely matched Brown with 12 points and dished out five blocks to go with seven rebounds. Walker went 5-of-7 for 10 points and 12 rebounds, collecting her ninth double-double this season. Batz also hit double-figures with 10 points, two rebounds, and a steal.
Next, Jacksonville hits the road to face Lipscomb (2-20, 0-9 ASUN) on Saturday, Feb. 9. Jacksonville defeated the Bisons 62-47 back on Jan. 5 to open conference play. Saturday's game will tipoff at 2:30 PM EST. and will be broadcast on ESPN+.