Big Third Quarter Gifts Dolphins New Year’s Win

Big Third Quarter Gifts Dolphins New Year’s Win

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Shooting 57.1 percent in the third quarter, Jacksonville University women's basketball used the second-half opener to put the game out of Savannah State's reach in a 74-46 decision, Sunday afternoon at Historic Swisher Gymnasium.

The Dolphins (10-5) outscored the Tigers (2-9) 28-11 in the third quarter, as all 14 players saw time on the court.

"I was excited to give everyone the opportunity to play; that's what it's all about," stated Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. "Any time we can get a win, it's important. We wanted to end on a great note. We have an opportunity now to look at all of our games from nonconference, see where we're at, and go from there."

Jasmyn Brown led all scorers with 18 points, while Brandi Buie and Shakayla Nevitt recorded double-digit figures with 15 and 13, respectively. Kayla Gordon controlled the boards with eight rebounds, while Jasmyn Brown and Alexis Pierce totaled six apiece.

After a slow start in the first quarter, a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Jasmyn Brown as time expired ignited a 5-2 Dolphin run to open the second quarter.

Back-to-back shots from beyond the arc by Nevitt (4:44) and Jasmyn Brown (3:50) sparked an 8-0 Dolphin run beginning at 4:44 to help JU outpace the Tigers, 19-12. The duo finished the quarter with seven points each as the Dolphins led 31-21 at halftime.

Added McCuin, "I talked to them about our journey and focusing on us, rather than the opponent. It's important, every game that we come out, that we focus on the goals that we're trying to achieve."

The Dolphins pushed the pace of the game as 16 of their 28 third-quarter points came in transition on a fast break. Jacksonville's 14 combined points from Buie and Gordon, coupled with relentless defense to hold the Tigers scoreless for 3:12, allowed the Dolphins to outpace Savannah State and finish the quarter with a 59-32.

With 21 points from the free-throw line, including 5-of-6 in the final 10 minutes, the Dolphins extended their lead to the final 74-46 at the horn.

"We're excited to finish the year again with 10 wins and we're ready to go into conference play," McCuin said.

Kaylee Allen paced the Tigers with 12 points, while Jalea Gray added eight points and four rebounds.

The Dolphins open ASUN Conference return action Saturday, Jan. 6 when they head across town to take on North Florida at 2:00 p.m.