Women's hoops defeats Kennesaw State, 64-52
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Junior Jade Cargill
The Jacksonville University women’s basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak Monday with a 64-52 victory against Kennesaw State in A-Sun action at Swisher Gymnasium.

After losing a second-half lead to Mercer, the Dolphins (7-10, 3-3) fared better in the final frame by shooting 40.7 percent from the floor (11-17) and scoring 12 points off of nine turnovers. The Owls (4-13, 0-5) shot to a 27.6 percent in the second half and went 0-for-7 from beyond the arc after hitting 5 of 8 in the first half.

Junior Jade Cargill recorded 16 points and nine boards for JU in the win, while freshman Briona Brown had 12 points and nine rebounds.

“It was good to get back into the win column,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “Our team played better in the second half tonight. We have rival North Florida on Saturday so we will need to work extra hard this week to prepare.”

The Dolphins finished with 38 points in the paint and scored 18 second-chance points on 24 defensive rebounds. They finished the contest with a 37-35 rebounds edge.

Early in the second half, the Owls cut the deficit to 32-31 before three-point plays by junior Stephanie Edwards and Cargill gave the Dolphins a 40-31 advantage (16:52). Cargill later gave JU its largest lead of the game, 55-41, on consecutive layups with less than seven minutes left. Kennesaw State trimmed the lead to nine on a jumper from Ashley Holliday, sister of JU’s Britney Holliday, with 5:13 remaining. After a timeout, Edwards recorded her only assists of the game on a Brown jumper (4:42) and a three-pointer by senior Maggie Wilson (4:17) to help seal the win for JU.

Kristina Wells finished with 15 points, six boards, six steals and four assists for the Owls’ offense. Holliday had 11 points, while Sametria Gideon had eight points and nine rebounds in the loss.

In the first half, the Dolphins opened with a 14-9 lead on a layup from junior Ciara McLee at 13:14. A Brown layup stretched the advantage to 23-18, but a Holliday three-pointer made the Owls deficit to 25-24 with 3:49 left. JU’s Holliday followed with a layup, while senior Tracie Sneed had a put back and a three-pointer in transition to push the Dolphins lead to 32-24 (2:24). Bria Young nailed a three-pointer for Kennesaw State in the final seconds to make it a 32-29 JU advantage at halftime.

Edwards and Sneed each finished with nine points for the Dolphins. Sneed and freshman Queen Alford had six rebounds each.

The Dolphins head across the city Saturday to play rival North Florida at 2 p.m. The matchup will also count towards the annual SunTrust Rive City Rumble standings between the two schools.