Women’s basketball hangs on to down Hampton, 49-42
Senior forward Lynsey Paschal used a strong second half to help carry the JU women’s basketball team to a 49-42 victory against Hampton on Saturday in Hampton, Va.

Paschal scored 14 of her game-high 20 points in the second half and added nine rebounds to lead the Dolphins (4-1), who held their first opponent this season to less than fifty points.

“We are happy to come away with the win,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “It wasn’t the prettiest of wins because of the circumstances in being on the road against a good team. Overall, we did what we had to do and look forward to playing the A-Sun schedule next week.”

The Dolphins finished with a game-best 39.1 field goal percentage, while hold the Lady Pirates (1-4) to no three pointers in the contest, 0-8, and a 25.8 shooting percentage from the floor.

In the second half, the Lady Pirates cut their deficit to one for the third time in the frame, 37-36, on a jumper by Laura Lewis with less than six minutes remaining. Hampton gained a one-point advantage (40-39, 3:20) on a layup by Sherena Abercrumbia before Paschal and junior guard Ashanti Williams added consecutive scores to give JU a 43-40 lead at 1:16.

Hampton made it 43-41 on a free throw in the final minute, but Paschal hit consecutive free throws to give JU a 45-41 lead with less than 30 seconds remaining. Paschal stole the inbounds pass from Hampton and hit two more free throws to seal the win.

Quanneisha Perry scored 12 points to pace the Lady Pirates, while Warner finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

In the first half, a layup from senior forward Taneskei Richardson (15:59) helped the Dolphins build a 9-0 advantage. The Lady Pirates used an 11-2 run to tie the game before a jumper from Paschal and a free throw by junior guard Crystal Bell on the next two trips gave JU a 14-11 lead at 9:02. Hampton regained the lead with a 7-0 run, capped by a layup from Warner to take an 18-14 advantage (2:42). After being held scoreless for more than eight minutes, Ronisha Mitchell and Paschal each added buckets to cut the deficit to one, 18-17, at the half.

Richardson finished with eight points and eight rebounds for the Dolphins, while Bell and junior guard Jessica Georgia each added seven points.

The Dolphins return home to start A-Sun play on Thursday against Stetson at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m.