CHARLESTON, S.C. - Jacksonville women's basketball (3-3) grabbed their third win of the season Sunday night in a 68-58 victory over the Charleston Southern Buccaneers (1-4). It was the second game Jacksonville had played in as many days as part of the Buccaneer Classic Invitational. In the game, Jacksonville led by as much as 22 points, and had three different players reach double figures in scoring.
After allowing the Buccaneers to jump out to an early 7-2 lead, the Dolphins regrouped, going on a 10-3 run to end the first quarter up by two. The Dolphins shared the wealth evenly during the first, with six different shooters tallying two points apiece.
The second quarter saw spotty shooting by both teams, as each ended up under 30 percent. Rather, the battle came down low, with Jacksonville doubling Charleston Southern in rebounds and outscoring them 14-6 in the paint. The Dolphins also recorded seven steals before halftime. Still, the teams entered halftime with just three points separating them.
Shots began to fall for the Dolphins in the second quarter as they opened on an 11-0 run that was capped off by a Mariah Batz triple, the first the 'Phins had connected on all game. Also heating up in the third was freshman Johné Stewart, who scored 10 points in the final 3:20 of the quarter to grow Jacksonville's lead to 17. Khadijah Brown had also found her rhythm at this point, securing a double-double by the end of the period.
The Buccaneers closed in on Jacksonville early in the final period with a 7-0 run. The Dolphins' lead was cut down to six as 4:30 still sat on the clock. It was a crucial time for Jacksonville's Jasmyn Brown to hit her first and only three of the game. The Buccaneers wouldn't get that close again, and Jacksonville was able to hold them off during the final three minutes.
Stewart led all Dolphins with her 18 points, two steals, and an assist. Khadijah Brown ended her night with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Trudy Walker, who tied the school record in rebounds the night before, hauled in another 11 in this one. For her efforts, Walker was named to the weekend's All-Classic team. Jacksonville outscored Charleston Southern 34-16 in the paint.
"I think this weekend was good for us. We found out a lot about ourselves. We found out a lot of things we've got to get better at and work on," said Head Coach Darnell Haney
"Trudy Walker was tremendous this whole weekend. Johné Stewart came in and gave us great minutes, especially as a freshman. I was so proud of her. Khadijah Brown came in and gave us some great minutes. Jasmyn Brown showed us great leadership," Haney said. "We're going to go home, get some rest, and prepare for Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday."
Jacksonville hosts Bethune-Cookman at Historic Swisher Gymnasium on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7 PM. It's the first time the 'Phins have played at home since the season opener nearly three weeks ago. Jacksonville defeated the Wildcats 68-58 in December of last season.