Freshman Queen Alford had 20 points, 10 rebounds and six steals to lead the Dolphins (8-17, 4-10) to the SunTrust River City Rumble point and their first regular-season win against the Ospreys (10-15, 6-8) since 2010.
Sophomore Britney Holliday recorded 13 points in the win, while junior Stephanie Edwards had 10 points off the bench.
“It’s feels great to be back in the win column,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “Our team has fought very hard these last two weeks so it’s nice we can finally get a positive result for it. Hopefully, this win is the start of something really good for us.”
North Florida shot 13 of 26 (50.0) from the floor in the second half to make a late run. The Ospreys won the rebounding battle, 38-29, and had 40 points in the paint.
The Dolphins hit 18 of 23 free throw attempts in the win, including going a near perfect 14 of 15 in the first half. JU also scored 29 points off of 20 UNF turnovers and 12 steals.
With less than seven minutes in the contest, Holliday hit a three-pointer to push a JU lead to 50-46 (6:14). Alford had a layup on an offensive rebound to give the Dolphins a 53-46 lead, but the Ospreys kept fighting until a Jadhken Kerr layup cut the lead to 55-53 with 20 seconds remaining.
After two free throws from freshman Briona Brown, the Ospreys cut the lead to a bucket again on as Fabiola Josil was fouled on a made layup (00:13). She missed the free throw for the three-point play, but got her rebound to allow for a UNF timeout. Senior Maggie Wilson blocked a three-point attempt by Ki Conner with eight seconds remaining, while junior Jade Cargill was fouled as she scooped the rebound. Cargill missed both attempts, but made up for it with a steal to secure the JU win.
Desitnee Smith led the Ospreys with 18 points, while Raneisha Lamar recorded 13 points and 18 rebounds in the loss. Conner finished with 12 points for UNF.
In the first half, an Alford had a steal for a fast break layup to give JU a 17-10 advantage (9:44). UNF got a Lamar layup to cut the deficit to five, but Alford hit a jumper and used a steal to set up a three-point play to give JU a 29-19 advantage with 5:40 left. Senior Tracie Sneed made two free throws in the final three minutes to set up a 33-26 halftime advantage for JU.
Brown finished with eight points off the bench for JU. Cargill led the Dolphins with six boards, while also recording two assists.
The Dolphins will host East Tennessee State on Feb. 23 in their final contest at the Veterans Memorial Arena this season. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. and can be seen live on ESPN3.com.