SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2009
Belmont tops JU women, 46-43
In a defensive slugfest, Belmont held off a late JU rally in the regular season finale at the Curb Event Center, 46-43, on Saturday afternoon.

The Bruins (17-12, 12-8 A-Sun) got 18 points and 15 rebounds from Jessica Bobbitt on her Senior Day, hitting 7-of-12 from the floor, to go along with three blocks, three steals and two assists.

Desarae Johnson and Taneskei Richardson each had nine points apiece to lead JU.

The Dolphins (17-12, 13-7 A-Sun) had their worst shooting night of the season, hitting just 13-of-63 from the floor (20.6 percent).

Despite the poor shooting effort, JU’s defense was equal to the task, forcing 23 turnovers and holding the Bruins to 31.5 percent shooting.

Trailing 38-29 with 12:39 left in the game, the Dolphins went on a 14-4 run as Valerie Jones 15-foot baseline jumper with 1:47 left gave JU a 43-42 lead.

The Bruins answered with Amber Rockwell knocking down a pair of free throws with 1:19 left in regulation to Belmont on top again, 44-43.

In the final minute, JU missed its final two shots and had a turnover with the Bruins hitting 2-of-6 from the stripe to seal the win.

Rockwell finished the game in double figures with 14 points for Belmont.

Belmont used strong inside defense to hold JU to 4-of-31 shooting from the floor to take a 24-17 lead into the locker room at halftime. Bobbitt had a double-double in the first half with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Johnson led JU with 12 rebounds as the Dolphins finished the game with four players picking up at least five rebounds.

The Dolphins will await the outcome of today’s games to find out their opponent in the first round of the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament. JU will play on Wednesday at 7 p.m. (EST).