COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Jacksonville women's basketball (1-1) took on 20th ranked Texas A&M (2-0) in College Station, Texas Sunday evening in their first road contest of the young season. The Dolphins hung tight to the Aggies during the second and third quarters, but were unable to overcome a slow start, falling 73-53.
The Dolphins were first on the scoreboard with a Trudy Walker bucket to begin the game, but a 15-2 Aggie run put Jacksonville in an early hole, trailing by as much as 13 in the first quarter. By the end of one the score sat at 19-8. In the second, Jacksonville came back with stronger defensive presence, forcing four turnovers and out-rebounding Texas A&M for the quarter.
The Dolphins created an 8-0 run of their own to get within five points of tying the game. Jacksonville also outscored the Aggies 10-8 in the second, making it a 9-point game at the half. Kiara Meeks led the scoring through the first half, knocking down 4-of-7 on her way to eight points.
Jacksonville came out of the locker room firing, scoring the first four points thanks to a pair of Alexis Pierce layups, but Texas A&M immediately responded with a 12-0 run. A Jasmyn Brown three in the final minute of the third cut into the Aggie lead, but Jacksonville would enter the final quarter 12 points behind the Aggies.
Jacksonville found itself in foul trouble early in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, the Aggies' shooters began heating up and went 9-of-13 from the floor during the final period. It was also Jacksonville's best scoring quarter as they knocked down 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting, but were unable to catch the Aggies.
Meeks led all Dolphins in scoring, and matched Texas A&M's leading scorer with 22 points. Meeks also hauled in five rebounds. Walker was behind Meeks with seven points, and recorded six rebounds. Points in the paint were even for the two teams at 36 each. The Aggies were led by Chennedy Carter, who scored 22.
"We have to make sure we're doing everything fundamentally sound and technical, and make sure they don't get those loose balls and rebounds. We have to make sure we take opportunities we get. We went 4-for-10 from the free throw line, and we can't beat a top 20 team in the country going 40 percent from the free throw line. I learned thar we are resilient, and we had some good prduction out of a couple people," said Head Coach Darnell Haney.
Next, Jacksonville travels to Florida State (2-0) to take on the Seminoles. FSU opened their season with a 74-53 win over North Florida, and defeated the Florida Gators on Sunday. The game will be played Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 PM.