Women’s basketball knocks off Lipscomb, 74-59
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Senior guard GiGi Thomas found her rhythm early to lead the JU women’s basketball team past Lipscomb, 74-59, in Atlantic Sun Conference action on Saturday afternoon in Swisher Gymnasium.

Thomas paced three Dolphins’ (11-11, 6-7 A-Sun) in double-figures with 20 points on 7-of-17 attempts from the floor and a perfect 4-for-4 at the free throw line. Senior forward Taneskei Richardson had 12 points and five steals, while junior guard Crystal Bell added 11 points off the bench.

“This was a solid win for us,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn, who earned her 100th win at the helm of the Dolphins. “I was happy with how we played in all facets of the game today. We have put together two good games and need to keep it rolling down the stretch.”

The Lady Bisons (8-16, 5-10) had three players as well in double figures, led by an 18-point effort from Valerie Bronson. Lipscomb finished the contest shooting 36.7 percent (18-49) from floor.

The Dolphins scored a game-best 28 points in the paint en route to shooting 41 percent from the floor and went 20-for-23 from the free throw line to floor.

Trailing by one in the second half, sophomore guard Maggie Wilson had two jumpers during a 10-2 JU run to help the Dolphins take a 47-40 lead (11:39). The Lady Bisons cut the deficit to three on a layup form Hannah Phillips, but the Dolphins answered with a 7-0 stretch, capped on a three-pointer by Thomas, to push the lead to 56-46 (6:47).

The Dolphins used good ball movement to get two layups by Bell before Anna Bowers added a three-pointer for Lipscomb to cut it to 62-55 with less than five minutes left. Junior guard Jessica George hit a three-pointer on the next trip down the floor for JU to start a 12-3 run to put the game out of reach.

Phillips finished with 12 points for the Lady Bisons, while Jenna Bartsokas totaled 11 points.

The game went back and forth for most of the first half until Thomas helped JU pull ahead with a jumper for a 20-17 lead (8:45). Phillips gave the Lady Bisons a 27-22 lead at 4:09 with a three-pointer to close out a 10-2 run. Freshman forward Jade Cargill added two layups to help JU regain the lead, while free throws by Thomas in the final minute gave the Dolphins a 32-30 advantage at half time.

George finished her day with nine points and Cargill added eight points off the bench for JU in the victory.

The Dolphins close their four-game home stand on Tuesday with cross-town rival UNF in the Veterans Memorial Arena at 5 p.m. This installment of the River City Rumble will be broadcasted regionally on Comcast Sports Southeast on a tape delay to be shown that night.