Jacksonville women's basketball (5-5) played the first of two opponents they'll see in the UNF Holiday Classic, dropping Warner University (5-10) by a score of 105-55. A host of Dolphins got involved in the scoring, with five putting up double-figures in Jacksonville's second consecutive game reaching at least 100 points.
Jacksonville hopped out to an 11-4 lead by the halfway point in the first quarter. Juniors Khadijah Brown and Amber Bender played a large role in the early lead, with Brown getting to the free throw line, and Bender grabbing four rebounds in the initial four minutes of her first start this season. Junior Mariah Batz also had a big day, and drained two attempts from deep in the first quarter. The Dolphins shot an outstanding 72.7 percent in the first, and entered the second quarter up 25-11.
The Dolphins carried their dominance into the second, shooting 60 percent and tacking on 21 more points. Meanwhile, they held Warner to 2-of-13 from the floor and allowed just 10 points. Batz's nine points led all scorers as the teams made their way to the locker rooms.
The three-ball continued to fall in the third quarter, as the 'Phins knocked down four in the 10 minute span. Their nine total threes in the game were a season-high for the team. Three Dolphins had also reached double-figures by the midway point of the quarter, and Jacksonville added 32 points to their total. It was the most they've scored in any single quarter this season. The teams entered the fourth with the Dolphins leading 78-40.
The fourth quarter saw Jacksonville again shooting above 55 percent and holding Warner to 15 points. Jacksonville managed to add 27 more to their total before the final buzzer. Their 105 points scored were the most they've had since scoring as many against Charleston Southern in November of 2006.
Batz led all scorers in the game with 17 points, 12 of which came from three-point range. Kiara Meeks was right behind Batz with 13 points. Bender recorded the first double-double of her career with 10 points and 10 rebounds. It was the fifth time this season that Jacksonville has hauled in at least 50 rebounds.
"We had a pretty strenuous week of practice, so I wanted to make sure that I got players that get extended minutes some rest on their legs, and I wanted to get some people that we're going to need going into conference play ready," said Head Coach Darnell Haney.
Next, Jacksonville plays Alabama A&M on the second day of the UNF Holiday Classic. It's the first time the two programs have matched up. That game is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 21 at Noon.