Double-doubles from Queen Alford and Jade Cargill lead Dolphins
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Jacksonville women’s basketball team is heating up at the right time. The Dolphins dispatched Lipscomb 67-55 on Thursday to earn their fourth straight win. JU is now tied for
Freshman Queen Alford (Decatur, Ga.) led the way for JU with 19 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double on the year and third in the last five games. Junior Jade Cargill (Vero Beach, Fla.) also added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, her sixth of the year.
“After the rough spell we went through earlier this year our focus has be key the last few weeks,” said JU Head Coach Jill Dunn who picked up her 149th career coaching victory with the win.
“I felt all along if we could just get that one win to jump start us we could get ourselves going again and that’s exactly what happened.”
Coming off their most dominate second half of the year in the win over USC Upstate on Monday, the Dolphins showed no signs of a hangover in Nashville. JU used an 11-0 run to take control of the first half as Lipscomb (3-25; 2-15 A-Sun) was held to just 28 percent (7-25) from the field.
The defensive stand powered the Dolphins to a 37-21 advantage at the break.
“We came out with a good bit of intensity in the first half and they weren’t making shots,” said Dunn. “They are very capable of shooting the three and did so in the second half which allowed them to get back into the game.”
Behind their three-point shooting the Bison cut the Dolphins lead down to three (53-50) with 4:07 remaining on a three by Hannah Phillips (25 points).
“The fact that we now have a couple of wins under our belt we’re playing with much more confidence and believing in each other and in what we are doing,” said Dunn.
It was that confidence that pulled JU through down the stretch. Following the three by Phillips, junior Stephanie Edwards (Miami, Fla.) put the Dolphins back up five with a short jumper then blocked a shot on the other end which led to a layup by Cargill and put to rest and thoughts of a Lipscomb comeback.
“We weren’t great in the second half, but at the same time I think it helped us having to execute down the stretch,” added Dunn.
Sophomore Brittany Holliday (Greenville, S.C.) and senior Tracie Sneed (Jacksonville, Fla.) were also in double figures with 11 and 10 points respectively.
The four game winning streak is the longest winning streak during conference play since JU twice won five straight during the 2008-09 campaign.
The Dolphins will look to make it five in a row as they travel to NKU to close out the regular season on Saturday. Game time is 5:30 pm.
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