THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 02, 2012
Women's hoops falls at home to Stetson, 73-63
Four Stetson players scored double-figures in downing the JU women’s basketball team, 73-63, on Thursday night in Atlantic Sun Conference action at Swisher Gymnasium.
Cherisse Burris and Shanasa Sanders each had 17 points to help the Hatters (19-5, 10-2 A-Sun) end the Dolphins’ (7-16, 5-7) six-game home winning streak. Burris also had 10 boards, while Jazmin Garcia scored 16 points off the bench. Victoria McGowan scored 12 points and had seven assists in the win.
“I thought we fought hard,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “They capitalized our mistakes better than we did on their mishaps - that’s what makes them a quality team. We will regroup and get ready for Saturday.”
Sophomore Jade Cargill had 15 points and 11 boards to lead the Dolphins, who shot 24 for 63 from the floor (38.1) in the loss. Senior Crystal Bell recorded 14 points, nine boards and four of JU’s 11 steals.
The Dolphins took a 50-46 lead less than five minutes into the second half on consecutive three-pointers by sophomore Ciara McLee and Bell. McGowan hit a three-pointer to give the Hatters a one-point lead, but the Dolphins grabbed a 58-57 advantage (11:04) on a Cargill jumper. It would be the Dolphins’ last lead of the game after Stetson ended the contest on 16-5 run to hand JU its four straight loss.
The Hatters held a 21 to 12 advantage in points off of turnovers and tallied 46 points in the paint. The Dolphins hit eight three-pointers for the second straight contest and went 7 of 10 at the free-throw line.
In the first half, senior Jessica George knocked down a three-pointer to give JU a 13-6 lead (13:33). The Hatters took a one-point advantage, but the Dolphins regained a 22-18 lead on a Cargill jumper at 7:49. The teams tied three more times until Bell hit two free throws to give JU a 35-33 lead in the final minute. Garcia added a layup on the next Hatters’ possession to send the teams into halftime tied at 35.
McLee finished with eight points off the bench for JU, while junior Tracie Sneed scored 10 points in the loss. Junior Maggie Wilson had four assists to go along with a first-half three-pointer.
The Dolphins play again Saturday against Florida Gulf Coast in the Veterans Memorial Arena at 1 p.m.
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