Women’s basketball drops 63-44 contest at Coastal Carolina
Junior forward Desarae Johnson
Junior forward Desarae Johnson
Junior forward Desarae Johnson led the Dolphins with a career-high 13 points but the JU women’s basketball team fell to Coastal Carolina, 63-44, Saturday afternoon at Kimbel Arena.

JU (1-2) shot only .310 in the contest, including a 0-for-10 effort from beyond the arc. The Dolphins did finish with a game-high 11 steals, forced 17 turnovers and got 28 points from their bench.

CCU (4-0) shot .462 from the floor, connected on 14-of-21 shots from the line compared to 8-of-10 by the Dolphins, won the rebounding margin (46-27) and points in the paint (30-24).

“I am very disappointed in our performance today,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “We have a lot of areas we can improve in and we are going to work extremely hard in practice to get better this week. I have to give Coastal Carolina a lot of credit because they came ready to play and dominated on the boards.”

Johnson led the Dolphins after connecting on 5-of-9 shots from the field and 3-of-3 attempts from the free-throw line. She also collected four rebounds, two steals and a block. Freshman guard Ashanti Williams had six points and two steals while junior center Danielle Gray added six points and five rebounds. Senior guard Virginia Gregoire tallied a game-high three steals to go with five rebounds.

Amanda Stull led the Chanticleers with 16 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Devin Rivers added 13 points, six boards and a team-high two steals while Sydnei Moss rounded out the CCU scoring with 11 points.

In the first half, the Chanticleers jumped out to an early 11-2 lead after a layup by Rivers at the 16:23 mark. The Dolphins would cut the deficit to 20-16 after a jumper by Williams (9:17) and both teams would trade baskets until CCU used a 7-0 run to open up a 33-20 advantage (2:08). The Chanticleers made it a 37-22 lead at the break when Rivers hit a jumper with one second remaining in the half.

In the second half, CCU opened with a 13-4 run to make it 50-24 at the 14:00 mark but JU would cut the margin to 50-36 with an 8-0 run (capped by a Gray layup – 9:01). The Dolphins would get no closer the rest of the way as the Chanticleers pushed the lead back to 63-42 with a layup by Moss with 2:32 left.

The Dolphins will return to the friendly confines of Swisher Gymnasium as they take on George Mason on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The contest can be seen live on as part of ASun.TV.