JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It’s a great day to be a Dolphin! The Atlantic Sun Women’s Basketball Championship begins tomorrow and the Jacksonville University women’s basketball team has the potential to do something special. As the No. 4 seed, JU welcomes Mercer to Swisher Gym in a quarterfinal on Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. The game will be a rematch of their season finale on Saturday in which the Dolphins (13-16, 10-8 Atlantic Sun) defeated the Bears, 67-65. Live coverage of the game will be available through A-Sun.TV or on 92.5 FM with the Voice of the Dolphins Scott Manze on the call.
“Home court advantage is awesome,” said Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. “I think we have the best fans in the conference and I want to invite all of Jacksonville, especially our students, to come out and support us tomorrow night. We need your support! If we have everybody there, Swisher will be rocking and we’ll have a lot of fun.”
All are encouraged to wear white on Tuesday as the Dolphins “White Out” the Bears! With a valid student I.D., all Fins will be allowed free admittance to the game as well as free pizza. Non-students can purchase tickets at the ticketing booth in the main lobby.
JU’S LAST OUTING:
Mercer (16-13, 9-9 A-Sun) owned a double figure lead late in the second half, but the Dolphins regrouped with a huge run to steal the victory.
With less than five minutes to go and the Bears holding a 59-49 cushion, sophomore forward Briona Brown ignited a 12-0 run where she went a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the arc. She set Swisher Gym ablaze when she tied the contest at 61-all on a trey from the right corner at the 1:52 mark, and then provided the Fins with a three-point lead, 64-61, on another from the same spot.
Precious Bridges cut the JU lead to just two on a layup with 17 seconds left and Mercer managed to steal the inbounds pass, but a block and rebound by Brown wrapped up the 67-65 victory.
Three finished in double-digits as sophomore guard Queen Alford led all scorers with 21 points, five steals and three assists. Brown added 14 points and freshman guard Sherranda Reddick posted 13 points, five rebounds and five assists.
The win was JU’s first time knocking down more than six three-pointers this season, as the team went 7-for-12 from downtown (58.3 percent).
REDDICK LANDS SEASON’S FINAL NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK HONORS
For her performance in the last two games, Reddick has been named A-Sun Newcomer of the Week, a recognition she’s earned three times on the year. Averaging 6.5 rebounds while adding 10.5 points over the weekend, Reddick was instrumental in securing the Fins upcoming home court advantage. She also recorded career highs with eight rebounds and seven assists versus Kennesaw State.
For the second time in a row, the Dolphins have spoiled Mercer’s four-game winning streak as the Fins swept the team on the season. Against JU on Saturday, Briana Williams led Mercer with 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field, while Kendra Grant added 16 points and eight rebounds.
The winner of Tuesday’s game will advance to the semifinals to face the winner of Florida Gulf Coast vs. Lipscomb on Saturday, March 15. If FGCU defeats the Bisons, the semifinals would be held in Fort Myers.