CLINCHED! Dolphins Earn ASUN Tourney Home Game on 3-0 Road Trip

Kayla Gordon on defense

NASHVILLE, TENN. – Returning home with hosting rights to a game in the ASUN Conference Tournament and a trio of road wins, Jacksonville University women's basketball faced 14 lead changes and seven ties in the score to persevere with a 70-63 triumph over Lipscomb at Allen Arena, Monday evening.

The win marks the Dolphins' third-straight victory – and 10th in the past 12 games – to reach a 19-7 record overall and a 9-2 tally against league opponents.

"I'm just glad we were able to weather the storm. We had a lot of things that didn't go our way tonight and I'm just proud of our team," stated head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. "They kept a level head, I felt for 40 minutes of the game. Lipscomb is tough to play on the road, so I was just proud of our effort and our defensive spurts at times."

Leading Jacksonville's charge was senior Kayla Gordon, who recorded her 30th career double-double and 10th of the season behind 21 points and 14 rebounds.

Junior Jasmyn Brown and senior Naqaiyyah Teague also danced near double-double territory with 15 points and 8 rebounds and 14 points and 9 boards respectively.

"Kayla Gordon stepped up as a senior when Brandi [Buie] went down and it just shows that top teams win on the road; it shows our resiliency to win three games on the road. We look forward for a couple days off and continue to get better," added McCuin.

Tied at 30 at halftime, five different Dolphins contributed to a 9-0 run that surged Jacksonville ahead, 39-32, with 3:31 to go in the third.

Starting with a three-pointer from redshirt-junior Rolanda Hayes at the 5:25 mark in the fourth, the Dolphins went on a 10-2 run to take their largest lead of the game, 63-53, with 3:15 left to go. Junior Lindsay John dished three of her six assists during that run, including back-to-back baskets from Teague, followed by Jasmyn Brown's third triple of the night.

As the Bisons worked to chip away at JU's lead in the remaining three minutes, the Dolphins capitalized on perfect 5-for-5 free throw shooting in the final 35 seconds to clinch the victory.

Hayes finished with three points, while John led all scorers with six helpers.

Lipscomb was led by Loren Cagle's 28 points, while Lauren Rau added a team-high eight rebounds in the Bisons' effort.

The Dolphins return to Swisher Gymnasium to close out their final home stand of the regular season, beginning with USC Upstate on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m.