Women’s hoops falls to FGCU, 70-60
Senior Crystal Bell paced JU with 15 points Play Video
Senior Crystal Bell paced JU with 15 points
The JU women’s basketball team suffered its fifth-straight loss to Florida Gulf Coast, 70-60, in Atlantic Sun Conference action on Saturday in the Veterans Memorial Arena.

The Eagles (21-2, 13-0 A-Sun) were held to 5 of 22 (22.7) makes from beyond the arc, but had four players in double-figures, led by Sarah Hansen’s 23 points. Courtney Chihil scored 17 points, while Nicoya Jackson and Kelsey Jacobson each had 12 points.

Senior Crystal Bell scored 15 points for the Dolphins (7-17, 5-8) who had a 48 percent field-goal percentage (12-25) in the second half. Bell also had four steals to crack fifth all-time at 120.

“We battled hard again,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “We did a good job defensively of keeping them contained for the most part, but were not able to cash in on our opportunities I told our team to keep battling because good things will happen soon.”

The Eagles finished shooting 45 percent from the floor on 27 of 60 attempts. They also had 40 points in the paint and held the rebounding edge, 35-32. JU hit 12 of 18 free-throw attempts, while tallying eight steals.

In the second half, the Eagles took their largest lead of the game, 60-43, on a Hansen layup with 10:05 left. A 14-4 JU run capped on a senior Jessica George jumper made it a 64-57 deficit (3:03). George added a three-pointer to keep the deficit at three possessions in the final minute, but FGCU hit free throws to secure the win.

George and sophomore Jade Cargill each finished with eight points. Cagrill added seven boards, while sophomore Abril Peeples and junior Maggie had seven points apiece.

The Dolphins raced out to an 11-4 first-half lead on a Bell three-pointer at 15:46. The Eagles cut the deficit to one, but a three-pointer from sophomore Ciara McLee helped push the advantage to 18-13 (11:14). Three straight back-door layups gave the Eagles their first lead of the game, 19-18, less than two minutes later. A layup by junior Tracie Sneed helped the Dolphins get within a score, but a three-point play from Hansen in the final minute set up a 37-27 FGCU lead at the intermission.

The Dolphins start their final road trip of the season Thursday against East Tennessee State in Johnson City, Tenn. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.