Women’s basketball fights but falls to Lipscomb, 74-69
The JU women’s basketball team fought late once again, but the Dolphin’s losing streak extended to four games as they fell to Lipscomb, 74-69, in Atlantic Sun Conference action on Saturday in Nashville, Tenn.

Jenna Bartsokas connected on four three-pointers en route to a team-high 23 points to pace three Lady Bisons (7-7, 4-1 A-Sun) in double figures. Anna Bowers added 15 points after going 3-of-6 beyond the arc, while Lipscomb finished shooting 45.1 percent from the floor (23-51).

Junior guard Crystal Bell paced the Dolphins (6-7, 1-3) with 23 points off the bench as they almost rallied from a 10-point deficit in the final two minutes. JU killed Lipscomb in points in the paint (42-12), second chance points (15-2) and fast break points (20-4).

“We are having trouble getting out of this funk,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “When we got momentum tonight, we didn’t do a good job of sustaining it and allowed some runs on defense that hurt us. We need to get back to the basics all around to snap this losing streak.”

Junior guard Ashanti Williams scored 17 points in her first start of the season as the Dolphins finished shooting 38.6 percent from the floor. Senior forward Lynsey Paschal finished with a double-double after scoring 12 points and pulling down 13 boards.

Trailing 69-59 in the final three minutes, the Dolphins got two jumpers from Paschal, while Williams hit another bucket to cut the deficit to 69-65 (1:38). The Dolphins made it a three-point deficit twice on two layups from Bell, but Miaca Bowman hit two free throws to help quash the rally and secure the Lipscomb win.

Lipscomb’s Jess Reece scored 11 of her 14 points in the first half, while Hannah Phillips added nine points and seven rebounds.

In the first half, Reece nailed three shots in the paint during a 10-1 run to give the Lady Bisons a 25-16 advantage (5:28). The Dolphins regained the lead, 26-25, as Bell and Thomas had fast break points during a 9-0 stretch (1:54). The lead would be short lived after Bartsokas hit two long three pointers in the final two minutes to give the Lady Bisons a 35-30 lead at the half.

Senior forward Taneskei Richardson finished with five points and seven rebounds for JU in the loss.

The Dolphins round out their Nashville trip on Monday when they play Belmont at 6 p.m. EST.