CHARLESTON, S.C. - Jacksonville women's basketball (2-3) faced Old Dominion (4-1) for the first of two games they'll play this weekend as part of the Buccaneer Classic. It was a seesaw affair that saw eight lead changes and a Jacksonville buzzer beater to force an overtime period, but it was the Monarchs that came away with the 78-76 win.
It took Jacksonville some time to get up to speed as the first quarter saw their biggest end of quarter deficit of the contest, 23-14 in favor of the Monarchs. Although they shot just 28.6 percent in the second quarter, the momentum began to shift in the Dolphins' direction. They forced eight ODU turnovers in the quarter and held the Monarchs to 13 points, their lowest scoring quarter in regulation. However, Jacksonville entered halftime still trailing by 10.
Jacksonville came out of the halftime break ready to battle their way back into the game. It took all 10 minutes of the third, but Jacksonville eventually whittled the Monarchs' lead down to two, outscoring them 26-14. Much of the damage was done from beyond the arc, with Mariah Bats and Alexis Burns combining for three triples in the quarter.
The fourth quarter was dominated by Trudy Walker, who added seven points and seven rebounds to her total, giving her a double-double for the game. The lead changed three times during the fourth, but it was Jacksonville that found themselves trailing by one and needing to foul with four seconds left to have a chance. ODU made both attempts from the line, pushing their lead to three. As time expired, freshman Johné Stewart heaved a last-ditch attempt on the run from 30 feet out that sailed through the hoop right at the buzzer. The bucket tied things up at 69-69, forcing a five minute overtime period.
Stewart remained hot in the early minutes of overtime, scoring Jacksonville's first five points. However, the Monarchs managed to even the score at 76-76 with under a minute remaining, the ninth time the score had been tied in the game. The Monarchs then took the lead with seven seconds left, and Jacksonville was unable to recreate their fourth quarter magic.
Walker led all Dolphins with 17 points, and her 20 total rebounds tied a school record set back in January of 2017. It was also the most that any player in the ASUN has recorded this season. Behind Walker was Brown, who notched 14 points, four rebounds, and two assists.
Tomorrow, Jacksonville plays their second game of the Buccaneer classic against the hosting Charleston Southern Buccaneers (1-3). The Buccaneers lost their game today against Tennessee Tech, 77-55. The two programs haven't face one another since the 2006 season when Jacksonville defeated the Buccaneers twice. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 PM, and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.