Women’s hoops uses big second-half run to defeat UNF, 61-42, in SunTrust River City Rumble
Junior guard Courtney Jackson
Junior guard Courtney Jackson
Junior center Lynsey Paschal tallied a career-best 16 points to spark an 18-1 second half run as the JU women’s basketball team defeated cross-town rival UNF, 61-42, in the SunTrust River City Rumble Thursday evening at UNF Arena.

JU (9-7, 5-2) won its fourth-consecutive contest after shooting a game-high 43.4 percent from the floor while scoring 20 points off turnovers, tallying a game-high seven blocks and getting 34 points off the bench.

UNF (2-14, 1-6) fell to the Dolphins for the sixth consecutive game after shooting only 27.6 percent from the field, including a 19-point performance in the first half.

Leading 35-29 at the 12:01 mark, the Dolphins used an 18-1 run (sparked by nine points by Paschal and eight points by junior guard Virginia Gregoire) to make it 53-30 with 5:41 remaining.

“This is a big rivalry game and UNF always plays us tough,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “In the first half, they did a good job of making us play their style but in the second half we made adjustments and got great performances off of the bench.”

Paschal led the Dolphins after connecting on all five of her shots from the floor and a career-high 6-of-7 shots from the free-throw line. Junior guard Courtney Jackson added 12 points while Gregoire rounded out the JU scoring with 10 points. Senior guard Regina Omiote chipped in with a game-high six assists and three steals while and junior forward Desarae Johnson finished with seven points, six rebounds and three blocks.

Brittany Kirkland led the Ospreys with 14 points while Juliemay Syquio chipped in with eight points and three steals. In the first half, both teams got off to a sluggish start until UNF opened up a 6-2 lead with a jumper by Bowen (16:01). JU answered back with a 13-2 run to take a 15-8 advantage after a jumper by junior center Lynsey Paschal (10:05). After both teams traded baskets, the Dolphins used an 8-0 run to push the advantage to 25-12 with a three-point play by Johnson (3:57). The Ospreys slowly answered back with a 7-1 run to end the half and cut the deficit to 26-19 at the break.

JU will end the weekend at Campbell on Saturday at 1 p.m. The contest, which is the first of a scheduled doubleheader with the JU men, can be seen live on ASun.TV.