JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville women's basketball (11-10, 4-4 ASUN) played host to Stetson (10-11, 5-2 ASUN) Tuesday night, falling 69-56 to the hot shooting Hatters. The Dolphins battled back in the fourth quarter to take a lead, but were unable to stop an 8-0 scoring run in the final minutes that sealed their fate.
Stetson had no trouble sinking shots in the first quarter as they converted 8-of-13 and collected 19 points in the first 10 minutes. Meanwhile, Jacksonville shot just 25 percent from the floor, but managed to stay on the Hatters' heals thanks to a Jasmyn Brown 3-pointer and a a pair of perfect trips to the charity stripe.
In the second, Jacksonville began feeding Trudy Walker in the paint where the senior dominated throughout the game. Walker went 4-for-4 in the quarter, and contributed to a 7-0 run that gave Jacksonville their first lead of the night. Jacksonville matched Stetson with 20 points on 57.1 percent shooting for the quarter and entered the locker rooms trailing 39-35.
The Dolphins' defensive play ramped up during the third as they held Stetson to three made field goals for eight points. Then, with 5:42 left in the quarter Brown drained her third 3-pointer of the night to give the Dolphins a lead. It was also during the third that Walker notched her seventh double-double this season. Unable to gain serious separation, Jacksonville entered the fourth quarter tied 47-47 with the Hatters.
The final quarter featured three lead changes and Jacksonville sat in the driver's seat, up 53-52 with 6:32 remaining. However, an 8-0 scoring run and 50 percent shooting by the Hatters put the game out of reach for JU.
Walker's double-double came with 16 points and 16 rebounds in just 26 minutes of play. Brown came close to also earning a double-double with 17 points and eight rebounds. Hayes reached double-figures for a ninth time this season with 10 points to go along with six rebounds.
Next, the Dolphins travel south to Fort Myers, Fla. to take on the ASUN leading FGCU Eagles for a rematch of last season's ASUN Championship. That game is scheduled for Feb. 2 at 7 PM, and will be broadcast on ESPN+.