The Dolphins (7-15; 3-8) led by 12 in the first half before the Hatters (16-6; 9-2) ended the frame on a 21-7 run to hand JU its fifth straight loss.
Shanasa Sanders and Sasha Sims each finished with 18 points to pace the Stetson offense. Sanders also had 11 boards, while Victoria McGowan had 12 points, eight boards, four assists and four steals to help the cause.
“We had the start we have been missing the last few games,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “We just couldn’t sustain our early momentum. Despite the loss, there were still a lot of positives we can take away from this game that help us this weekend.”
Freshman Queen Alford led the Dolphins in scoring for the second straight game with 18 points. She also matched freshman Briona Brown with eight boards. Senior Maggie Wilson added 10 points for JU.
In the first half, JU opened with a 10-2 lead (13:44) on consecutive three-pointers by senior Tracie Sneed and Alford. The Hatters cut the deficit to 19-14 with less than eight minutes left, but Wilson connected a four-point play and junior Stephanie Edwards added a three-pointer to give JU a 26-14 advantage (6:26).
The Hatters used a quick 8-2 run, capped on McGowan three-pointer, to cut the deficit to 28-24 with 3:55 left. Sophomore Britney Holliday hit her second three-pointer of the half to extend the lead to seven, 33-26 (2:55), but a Sims jumper before the buzzer capped an 9-0 stretch to give Stetson a 35-30 halftime lead.
Holliday finished with eight points for the Dolphins, who hit seven total three-pointers in the contest. JU also won the rebounding battle, 40-39.
Stetson opened the second half on 10-2 run, capped on a Sims layup, for a 45-35 advantage (16:33). Alford followed with a three-pointer, but the Hatters kept the lead at double-digits for most of the second half to hang onto the win.
The Hatters shot 50(16-32) percent from the floor in the second half to help snap their two-game skid. They also had 46 points in the paint and turned 20 JU turnovers into 19 points. JU was held to a 21.9 field goal percentage in the second half.
The Dolphins start a two-game road trip Saturday against Kennesaw State in Kennesaw, Ga., at noon. Fans can follow the action through the live links at JUDolphins.com.