JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville women's basketball (11-9, 4-3 ASUN) took the Liberty Flames (7-12, 3-3 ASUN) all the way to overtime before eventually falling 85-75 at Swisher Gymnasium. The game shifted in Jacksonville's favor in the fourth quarter, but Liberty's 66.7 percent shooting in the extra period gave the Flames their first-ever win over the Dolphins.
Jasmyn Brown scored the first seven points of the game for the Dolphins, a trend that continued on a big day for the senior. But it took a Rolanda Hayes three with four minutes left in the quarter to get even with the Flames. Meanwhile, Liberty's 60 percent shooting and four made 3-pointers gave them a 17-13 lead after 10 minutes.
The Flames grew their lead in the second after improving their shooting to 70 percent. Jacksonville scored 14 points themselves, but had trouble keeping pace with the Flames. Junior Alexis Burns came off the bench during the second quarter and added six points and a steal to the Dolphins' efforts. After 20, the 'Phins went into the locker rooms trailings 38-31.
The Dolphins opened the third on a 6-0 run to pull within a point of the Flames. Kiara Meeks tied things up at the free throw line at 45-all, then a turnover and Jasmyn Brown fast break bucket gave Jacksonville their first lead since the opening minutes of the game. Nearly half of Jacksonville's third quarter points came at the free throw line where they converted 70 percent. In total, the Dolphins scored 22 points and entered the fourth quarter with a 53-51 lead.
Jacksonville maintained the lead in the early stages of the fourth, but the Flames stayed right on their heels. There were never more than four points separating the two teams in the quarter. Each had an opportunity to score the go-ahead bucket with under a minute to play, but neither was successful and the Dolphins entered their second overtime game of the season tied 69-69.
Jacksonville was only able to add six points during the extra period. The Flames, on the other hand, hung 16 on them behind 4-of-6 shooting and came away with the 85-75 win. Jasmyn Brown led all scorers with 26 points and two steals. Rolanda Hayes and Kiara Meeks also reached double-figures, while Trudy Walker notched her sixth double-double of the season.
Next, Jacksonville hosts Stetson at Swisher Gymnasium on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7 PM. That game will be broadcast on ESPN+.