LUBBOCK, Texas- It was an evenly matched contest at the United Spirit Arena that saw the Jacksonville University women’s basketball team and Abilene Christian on each other’s heels the entire 40 minutes. Knotted at 70 with 54 seconds remaining, the Wildcats used a layup and free throws to secure the 76-72 win.
Netting 11-of-12 from the charity stripe and 4-of-8 treys, freshman guard Sherranda Reddick scored a career-high 27 points in the matchup. Senior center Madison Scott and sophomore guard Queen Alford also finished the game in double-figures with 14 and 10 points, respectively. Alford also recorded eight rebounds and four assists.
Abilene Christian had four players in double-digits and were led by Whitney West who scored 20 points. Alexis Mason added 10 points with six boards while Renata Marquez and Lizzy Dimba chipped in with 11 points.
Trading baskets resulted in six ties and 10 lead changes in the first frame alone. The Fins took their largest lead of the half at five points, 27-22, with 8:44 on the clock but scores from Marquez and Jessica Elkins went on to again tie the match at 30 (6:20).
From then on neither team was able to get a basket from the floor and relied on free throws for separation. With Reddick and sophomore forward Briona Brown combining for a perfect 7-7 effort at the line, the Fins entered the locker room with a 37-34 lead.
Coming out of the gate to score five unanswered points, Lizzy Dimba provided the Wildcats with a slight 39-37 lead with 18:14 remaining.
At the first media timeout, ACU maintained a two-point tip but back-to-back Wildcat three pointers stretched the teams advantage to 55-47 (10:44). On the following JU possession Reddick hit a trey of her own to close the break at five.
Game action heavily picked up in the final three minutes of the meeting. Down by 10, the Dolphins went on a 12-2 run sparked by Scott and three other Fins to lock the game at 68 with 1:55 left in the game. A minute later, Suzzy Dimba and senior guard Stephanie Edwards traded layups for the 12th and final tie, 70-70.
With 39 seconds outstanding, the Wildcats hit a layup for the lead. The Dolphins missed layups on their next two possessions and were forced to foul to conserve the clock. Whitney West hit all four of her free throws and claimed the ACU win.
The Dolphins outrebounded ACU 47-26; however, the Wildcats had an exceptional night from beyond the arc, hitting 10-of-30 shots.
Jacksonville concludes its play in the World Vision Challenge tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 22, when they face state rival Florida Atlantic at 1 p.m.