Jacksonville women's basketball (1-2) took on the Florida State Seminoles (4-0) Thursday night in Tallahassee, Fla. Jacksonville had three players reach double digits and held a lead after the first quarter, but the high-powered ACC offense was too much for the Dolphins to overcome in this one.
Jacksonville was out of the blocks in a hurry during the first quarter, forcing five Florida State turnovers and outscoring the Seminoles 16-15. Junior Khadijah Brown scored the first seven points for Jacksonville, and would lead the team through most of the game. The Seminoles' 2-of-9 from behind the arc was a major factor in their first quarter woes, but their struggles from deep wouldn't last long.
The second quarter was not nearly as friendly to the Dolphins as the first had been, as they scored just four points on 2-of-11 from the floor. Meanwhile, Florida State began connecting on their three pointers, hitting 5-of-9 on their way to a 38-20 halftime lead. "We lost our focus a little bit defensively. When Jasmyn comes out of the game we have to have people step up, and we have to be ready to take care of the basketball," said Head Coach Darnell Haney.
The Dolphins made several short runs in the third quarter, and were able to knock down their first two shots from deep. However, Florida State maintained their efficiency and shot 50 percent, adding 21 more points to their total. The fourth quarter saw similar results to the previous two, as the Seminoles hit three more from behind the arc while adding five points from the free throw line. The Dolphins were unable to catch up, resulting in the 79-46 final.
"We didn't want to give up open threes. We knew this team could shoot the three, and we gave up 27 attempts," said Haney. "That Florida State team is a really good team. They can score in a lot of different places. They have multiple people that can shoot the ball on the perimeter, and they're big inside, so it's a task that we're going to have to be better at."
Next, Jacksonville travels to Savannah State (2-1) to face the Tigers in their third consecutive road game. Jacksonville defeated Savannah State 74-46 at home last season. The Tigers are coming off an 82-71 loss to Georgia Southern. The game is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 19 at 7 PM.