Jessica George’s heroics lift JU past UNF
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Needing a basket, Jessica George took matters into her own hands.

JU’s junior guard scored a game-high 17 points, including a layup with 14 seconds left to give the sixth seeded Dolphins a 56-52 win over UNF in the quarterfinals of General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.

The total was a new career high for George, who hit four 3-pointers in the contest also a career high. She was 6-of-8 from the floor and 4-of-6 from behind the arc.

“I was really pleased with the confidence and poise we showed late in the game,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “Jessica played really well and hit some huge shots for us throughout the game.”

JU (14-16) avenged two losses in the regular season to the Ospreys (13-17), jumping out to an early lead and only trailed twice in the entire contest.

UNF trailed 39-29 with 13:34 left in the game when the Ospreys went on a 10-2 run, with Juliemay Syquio cutting the deficit to one on a layup with 10:08 left in the game.

JU pushed the lead back to five, but UNF answered with a 7-0 spurt – taking its first lead of the game on a Jadhken Kerr 3-pointer with 5:07 left in the contest, 46-45.

George wasn’t about to let JU lose this one though.

She hit a 3-pointer with 4:27 left to put JU back up three, 49-46, and with JU leading by one after a Syquio jumper with 40 seconds left, answered with a driving layup along the baseline to give the Dolphins a 3-point lead with eight seconds left.

Syquio’s 3-point shot from the corner came up short and sent the JU bench into jubilation.

George was one of three Dolphins in double figures with Lynsey Paschal getting a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Ashanti Williams came off the bench with 10.

The Dolphins shook off a sluggish start, using a 10-2 run midway through the half to build a 15-point lead only to see UNF make a late run for JU to take a 31-22 lead at halftime.

UNF got 12 points from Brittany Kirkland, 11 points from Syquio and 10 points from Taylor Smith.

JU advances to face top-seeded and three-time defending champion ETSU in the semifinals on Friday at Noon.