Women's hoops defeats USC Upstate, 80-72
Junior Tracie Sneed tallies 21 points & 14 boards to lead JU. Play Video
Junior Tracie Sneed tallies 21 points & 14 boards to lead JU.
Five players hit double-figures in helping the JU women’s basketball team down USC Upstate, 80-72, in Atlantic Sun Conference action on Thursday at Swisher Gymnasium.

Junior Tracie Sneed scored 21 points and pulled down 14 boards in guiding the Dolphins (5-12, 3-3 A-Sun) to their fifth straight home win. Sophomore Jade Cargill matched Sneed in the double-double department with 15 points and 13 points.

Sophomore Abril Peeples finished with 13 points and five assists, while senior Crystal Bell and junior Maggie Wilson rounded out the group with 12 points apiece.

“We played well tonight,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “We have several players step up and contribute in the win. Overall, our goal is to keep improving each time we step out on the court.”

The Spartans (2-15, 1-5) finished with a two-percent edge (42.6, 29-68) in shooting from the floor. Tee’Ara Copney led the Spartans with 14 points, six assists and five steals.

JU won the rebounding battle, 44-37, and went 24 of 35 (68.6) from the free-throw line. They also had 12 steals.

Early in the second half, the Spartans cut their deficit to 47-42 (15:53) on consecutive three-pointers from Copney and Hannah Ohl. The Dolphins used a 14-4 run, capped on a Bell steal for a fast-break layup, to stretch the lead to 61-46 with 10:53 left. JU’s lead remained in the double-digits before a Copney layup cut it to 75-66 at the two-minute mark. The Spartans continued to threaten, but the Dolphins sealed the win with free throws by Sneed and sophomore Ronisha Mitchell.

Shelby Hicks had 13 points for the Spartans, while Lauren McRoberts finished with 12 points. Erin Pinkett recorded 10 points to round out the Spartans in double-figures.

The Dolphins opened the game on a 7-0 run, capped on a Wilson layup (16:44). USC Upstate took the next seven points to tie the contest, but the Dolphins gained a 21-14 lead on Peeples three-pointer with less than nine minutes left. The Spartans got within a bucket three more times until a Wilson three-point play helped set up a 39-30 halftime lead for JU.

The Dolphins face East Tennessee State on Saturday in the Veterans Memorial Arena at 1 p.m. The contest is free as part of the annual SeaBest Seafood “Free Admission Day” for the fans.