Dolphins Stunned After Late Lion Push

Dolphins Stunned After Late Lion Push

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville women's basketball (9-8, 2-2) took on the North Alabama Lions (12-2, 3-1) at Swisher Gymnasium Tuesday night in the first-ever matchup between the two programs. Five times the lead was traded before the Dolphins found themselves on the wrong end of a 62-59 final score, snapping a streak of three consecutive home wins.

Jacksonville started the game off hot, hitting five of their first seven shots to grab a lead by the first media timeout. Though the Dolphins led most the quarter, the Lions made a push to knot things up at 14 apiece before moving on to the second.

Points proved harder to come by in the second, with Jacksonville going just 3-of-11 in the 10 minute period. North Alabama grabbed the lead early in the quarter and held onto it until halftime. Jacksonville did, however, hold the Lions to 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting, and never let the deficit grow beyond five. When the teams went into the locker rooms it was North Alabama on top 26-22.

The third quarter was the best from a scoring standpoint for Jacksonville. The team went 8-of-15 with a pair of threes. It was freshman Johné Stewart's triple that came with five minutes remaining in the quarter that gave the Dolphins a lead for the first time in the second half. They outscored the Lions 21-16, and carried a 43-42 lead into the final 10 minutes.

North Alabama managed to tie the game at 47-all near the eight minute mark in the fourth quarter. Then, Jacksonville went on a 10-0 scoring run spanning nearly five and a half minutes that put them up by 10 with just 1:17 remaining in the contest. Though Jacksonville appeared to own all of the momentum, the Lions refused to give in, and came back with a run of their own. Up three with just 36 seconds remaining, the Dolphins made a costly mistake in fouling on a made North Alabama three-pointer. The four-point play left Jacksonville down by one, and they were unable to recover.

The Dolphins were led by Jasmyn Brown's 17 points and three assists. Trudy Walker and Rolanda Hayes each scored 14, and combined for 10 rebounds. Amber Bender led all players with eight rebounds.

Next, Jacksonville travels north to face NJIT (5-11, 2-1) in Newark, N.J. Jacksonville defeated the Highlanders twice last season, and hold a 6-0 all-time record against them. The game is scheduled for 1 PM on Saturday, Jan. 19.