DELAND, Fla. – The Jacksonville University women’s basketball team fell on the road to Stetson by a score of 84-67 on Saturday afternoon. Senior guard Stephanie Edwards scored a career-high 19 points in the contest with seven assists.
Freshman guard Sherranda Reddick added 16 points while sophomores Briona Brown and Queen Alford chipped in with 13 and 11, respectively.
Jama Sharp led the Hatters with 25 points on 7-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc. Sasha Simms posted 16 points and Amber Porter finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. The Hatters combined to shoot 46.7 percent from the floor (28-for-60) and 50 percent (15-for-30) from the three-point line.
Stetson won the opening tip but quickly turned it over on a pickpocket from Brown. The forward then connected on two quick baskets to give JU a 4-2 advantage at 18:12. Later, the Hatters used an 8-0 run to take the lead before Edwards ended the stretch with a midrange jumper, 10-6.
A pair of treys from Sharp created space for Stetson as they jumped out, 18-8, forcing the Fins to take a timeout (12:16). Following the break in play, the Hatters continued to strike from downtown, hitting back-to-back treys to make the score 24-13 with 10:47 left in the half.
Over the next seven minutes, JU limited Stetson to just one made free throw while battling on the offensive end to pull within two, 25-23, at 5:27. Down by seven, Edwards had just one defender to beat as she knocked in a layup and then completed an old-fashioned three-point play (25-23).
Momentum swung back in favor of Stetson for the remainder of the half. The Dolphins relied on free throws to break ground until Edwards recorded a steal and layup with 22.6 seconds left in the first frame. JU entered intermission trailing, 36-29.
Edwards and Reddick brought JU within three, 36-33, to start the second half but mistakes on offense allowed the Hatters to push back to a 42-33 cushion with 16 minutes on the clock.
Senior center Madison Scott split a pair at the line to draw the Fins in by five, 50-45, at 11:23 before the team gave up consecutive three-point plays on the other end of the floor.
The three-ball was good to the Hatters as they hit 7-of-14 in the second frame alone. Holding a 13-point lead with 8:31 remaining, Stetson’s offense suddenly seemed unstoppable. Jacksonville was able to get some quality looks at the basket but after the Hatters ran a 20-point advantage, 77-57, at 4:40 there was little the Fins could do.
In the loss, the Dolphins fall to 8-10 overall and 5-2 in the Atlantic Sun.
Jacksonville returns home on Thursday, Jan. 31 to take on East Tennessee State at Veterans Memorial Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m.
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