SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 02, 2013
Women's hoops falls at home to FGCU
Florida Gulf Coast continued to add to Jacksonville’s first half problems during a 80-49 victory Saturday in A-Sun action at Swisher Gymnasium.
The Eagles (17-5, 10-0) scored 42 points in the first half after shooting 52.9 percent from the floor to set up their 11th straight win. The Dolphins (7-14, 3-7) have allowed 40 or more points in the first half in seven of the last eight games.
Jamie Gluesing hit five of the Eagles’ 10 three-pointers to lead FGCU with 20 points. Sarah Hansen added 18 points and six steals in the win, while Brittany Kennedy scored 15 points.
“We have to start better in the first half,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “It’s difficult to regroup because we can’t find our rhythm early. This was a tough way to begin the second half of the A-Sun schedule, but Monday is a new day and a chance for us to come out stronger.”
Freshman Queen Alford scored 18 points and had eight boards to lead the Dolphins in her second career start. Senior Tracie Sneed added 12 points and eight boards in the loss.
In the first half, the Eagles opened with an 8-0 lead after a Kennedy layup at 17:40. Freshman Briona Brown followed with a bucket less than a minute later, but FGCU used an 18-4 run to gain a 26-6 advantage (8:40). With less than four minutes left, Alford worked her way through the lane for a layup and hit a three-pointer in transition at 2:36 to help cap a 7-0 run for JU. Kennedy recorded a three-point play in the final minute to set up FGCU’s 42-19 halftime lead they would not relinquish.
The Eagles scored 47 points on 17 steals and 30 JU turnovers in the win. The Dolphins held a 46-to-25 advantage in rebounding. JU also went 14 of 17 at the free throw line.
Brown finished with six points and eight boards for the Dolphins, while junior Jade Cargill recorded a team-best nine boards.
The Dolphins look to snap the losing skid Monday against Stetson in Swisher Gymnasium at 7 p.m. Fans can follow the action through the live links at JUDolphins.com.