Mason scored 12 of her team-high 20 points in the second half to lead the Owls to their second A-Sun victory. Mason also finished with 10 boards, while Samertia Gideon recorded 20 points and nine boards to help the cause.
“We played well, but couldn’t finish them off,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “We have to take better advantage of our opportunities. The only way to climb out of this rut is for to play a full 40 minutes.”
The Dolphins (7-16, 3-9), who led for most of the first half, got 14 points from freshman Queen Alford (Decatur, Ga.). Senior Tracie Sneed added 13 points, while sophomore Britney Holliday had nine points.
Trailing by six with less than five minutes remaining, junior Jade Cargill hit three layups to cut JU’s deficit to 49-47 (3:42). Gideon added a layup, but Sneed followed with another bucket on the other end to keep JU within a bucket, 51-49 (2:57). Gideon made a free throw for the Owls, while Nicole Adams nailed a baseline jumper to extend the lead to 54-49 with 1:36 left. Sneed made another layup a few seconds later to make it 55-51, but the Owls forced scoreless JU possession in the final minute to hang on for the win.
Adams was one of three Kennesaw State players to finish with five points. Ashley Holliday had eight assists to go along with her five points, while Chantel Kennedy recorded seven boards with her five points. Cargill finished with eight points, six boards and three assists for JU.
In the first half, Alford scored seven points early to help the Dolphins grab a 13-10 advantage (11:07). Holliday followed with consecutive three-pointers, while Sneed added a layup to extend the lead to 21-10 with 8:55 left. The Owls used an 11-2 run, capped on a Mason three-pointer, to cut the deficit to 23-21 with 4:28 remaining. Less than minute later, Ashley Holliday had a layup and Adams added a three-pointer for Kennesaw State to tie the contest at 26. After a couple of scoreless possessions, JU’s Holliday beat the first-half buzzer with a three-pointer to give the Dolphins a 29-26 halftime advantage.
The Dolphins hit five of their six three-points in the first half. Holliday connected on 3 of 5 attempts from beyond the arc for JU.
The Dolphins close the road trip Monday against Mercer in Macon, Ga., at 7 p.m.