SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2013
Women's hoops outlasts ETSU in overtime, 90-81
Seniors Maggie Wilson, Tracie Sneed and Abril Peeples were honored at halftime of the men's game
Seniors Maggie Wilson, Tracie Sneed and Abril Peeples were honored at halftime of the men's game
Tracie Sneed had a Senior Day to remember in leading the Jacksonville University women’s basketball team to a 90-81 overtime win against East Tennessee State Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Arena.

Sneed scored 25 points with the help of the program single-game record 13 free throws to help the Dolphins (9-17, 5-10 A-Sun) down the Lady Bucs (7-16, 5-11) in overtime. Sneed’s 13 free throws tied Yolisha Jackson who originally hit the mark at Stetson on Feb. 5, 2004.

Freshman Queen Alford continued her end of the year hot streak by scoring 17 points, while recording eight boards and four steals.

“I am very proud of our team today,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “ETSU scored some key points to force overtime, but our kids kept their composure and took care of business. We will keep trying to build momentum as we battle for a conference tourney spot.”

Leading 68-65 in the final minute, Alford hit a layup with the shot clock winding down to give JU a five-point lead, 70-65, with 11 seconds left. ETSU’s Shawn Randall got a quick layup and forced Serena Clark forced a turnover to give the Lady Bucs one more possession. After a timeout, Randall nailed on off-balanced three-pointer with two seconds left to tie the game and force overtime.

In overtime, Sneed opened with a three-pointer to start a 14-5 JU run for an 84-75 lead (1:41). ETSU’s Cara Bowling added a three-pointer to cut the deficit to six, but JU made six free throws in the final minute to lock up the win.

The Dolphins finished the contest hitting 38 of 47 attempts at the free throw line. JU also scored 24 points on 24 ETSU turnovers and 14 steals.

Randall and Maria Bond each finished with 17 points for the Lady Bucs. Clark added 15 points.

Late in the first half, the Dolphins pulled away with a 25-18 lead on two free throws from sophomore Britney Holliday (4:59). The Lady Bucs answered with a 14-3 run, capped on a Bond layup, for a 30-28 advantage at 1:26. A three-point play by Sneed helped the Dolphins take a one-point lead, 33-32, but a Bond three-pointer gave ETSU a 35-33 lead at the break.

Junior Jade Cargill finished with nine points, 10 boards and three steals for JU. Senior Maggie Wilson, junior Stephanie Edwards and freshman Briona Brown all had eight points in the win.

JU returns to action against USC Upstate on Monday night inside historic Swisher Gymnasium at 7 p.m.