Women’s basketball falls to FGCU, 98-47
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Florida Gulf Coast came out shooting from the opening tip and didn’t stop en route to a 98-47 victory over the JU women’s basketball team on Saturday afternoon at the Veterans Memorial Arena.

Sarah Hansen and Shannon Murphy each finished with 15 points to lead the Eagles (6-0, 2-0 A-Sun), who finished shooting 60.7 percentage from the floor (34-56) and 57.9 percent from behind the arc (11-19)

The Eagles did most of their damage from the bench, recording a 45-9 point advantage to snap the Dolphins’ (5-2, 1-1) five-game winning streak.

“We were not sharp as we could have been today,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “We needed to execute on all areas of our game to win, but they took advantage of our mistakes. It’s still a long conference season and I’m pleased with what we have accomplished early. Our goal is to come back strong from this when we play again in a week.”

Senior forward Taneskei Richardson recorded a game-best 16 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Dolphins as JU finished shooting 34.0 percent from the floor.

In the first half, Richardson cut an early JU deficit to three, 13-10, with a three-point play at 15:19. The Eagles broke away in a big way with a 21-4 run, capped by a three-pointer from Nicoya Jackson, to take a 34-14 advantage (8:16). Freshman forward Jade Cargill ended the long run with a jumper for JU less than a minute later, but consecutive layups in the final seconds of the frame from Murphy and Kiara Bomben to close a 16-2 stretch for a 50-18 Eagles lead at the half.

Jackson finished with 14 points, while Kelsey Jacobson added 12 points and four assists to round out the Eagles in double-figures for the contest.

The Dolphins opened the second half by holding FGCU to three field goals in the first seven minutes and sophomore Maggie Wilson connected on three-point play at 13:32. Hansen hit a free throw less than two minutes later to push the lead to 35 points to keep the game out of reach.

Senior guard GiGi Thomas tallied nine points and two assists for JU, while junior guard Jessica George added six points. Wilson and senior forward Lynsey Paschal each finished with five points.

The Dolphins are off next week for finals and will hit the hardwood again on Dec. 13 against FIU at Swisher Gymnasium. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.