WEDNESDAY, MARCH 04, 2009
JU women oust Lipscomb on its home floor, 63-51
A stingy defensive effort in the second half, along with strong performances from DaVina Hamilton and Desarae Johnson, sent the JU women’s basketball team into the Atlantic Sun Conference semifinals with a 63-51 win over Lipscomb.

Johnson scored a team-high 13 points and eight rebounds, with Hamilton putting up 12 points, eight boards and five assists in leading JU (18-12) to its third straight semifinal.

“We did a good job of getting out on their shooters and challenging their shots,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “Anytime you get a win this time of year it’s good.”

Lipscomb (6-24) got a game-high 15 points from Jilian Partin, all of which came in the second half.

After trailing for the entire first half, Lipscomb got its first lead of the game by scoring the first four points less than a minute into the second half to hold a 33-32 lead.

The Dolphins answered by scoring the next 10 points, capping the run with a 3-point play by Crystal Grable with 13:15 left in the game.

JU’s defense was the story the rest of the game as Lipscomb was held scoreless for a streak of seven minutes early in the half and four minutes later in the half. The Dolphins were able to use the defensive stops to push the lead to as many 16, never allowing Lipscomb back in the game.

For the game, the Dolphins held a 42-36 advantage on the glass and forced Lipscomb into 16 turnovers while shooting just 34.5 percent from the floor.

` Jacksonville opened the game on a 12-2 run but saw Lipscomb answer with a 12-5 run to end the half with the Dolphins leading by three, 32-29.

With the win, JU advanced to the A-Sun semifinals for the third straight season and will face the winner of the Campbell-Belmont game on Friday at 3:30 p.m. (EST).