Furious Comeback Comes Up Just Short for Women's Basketball at Lipscomb

Furious Comeback Comes Up Just Short for Women's Basketball at Lipscomb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Jacksonville University women's basketball team (12-12, 5-6 ASUN) staged a furious second half comeback at Lipscomb (3-20, 1-9 ASUN) but came up just one shot short in the end and had to settle for hard-fought loss, 61-58.

Jasmyn Brown led the Dolphins in scoring with 16 points, most of which came in the second half, followed by Trudy Walker who dropped in 15 on 6-8 shooting to go with 15 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season.

The first half posed some challenges for the Dolphins as their appeared to be a lid on the bucket for much of it, all while Lipscomb heated up from the floor. The Bisons knocked in five triples and shot 50 percent from the floor while hold JU to just 24 percent shooting to build a lead as large as 19 with 40 seconds to play in the second quarter.

With the clock winding down in the second, Amber Bender put up a jumper in the lane that did not find its mark, but Kiara Meeks came flying in for the offensive rebound and put back. The Dolphin defense then came up with a big stop on the other end to take the momentum into the locker room despite trailing, 37-20.

The deficit grew back to 19 on the first possession of the second half but the Dolphins began the comeback effort right then and there. By the 1:08 mark in the third, Jasmyn Brown was stepping into a jumper that put this one inside of single digits.

In the fourth, Jacksonville was forcing turnovers with ease, talking Lipscomb out its game and playing to JU's strength in transition. The Dolphins forced 16 turnovers in the second half alone during the comeback.

JU trailed by as many as 13 with 7:37 to play in the game. Brown stepped into a jumper in the lane to kick start a quick 5-0 Dolphin run that brought her team within eight with 6:48 to go. After some trading, Rolanda Hayes knocked in a free throw to get her team within five and moments later, Walker converted inside to make this a one-possession ball game with 3:03 to play.

Lipscomb did its best to keep JU at an arms-length however. The Dolphins never had the ball with a chance to tie until the very last possession of the game. With just north of 10 seconds the play, the Dolphins drew up a play that went awry in the closing moments, resulting in a long three ball try from Brown that did not find its mark. Lipscomb was able to escape with the victory.

Next up for JU will be a trip to Stetson on Feb. 12. That matchup is set to tip at 7 p.m. live from Deland, Fla. After that will be round two of the "River City Rumble" when North Florida visits Swisher Gymnasium on Feb. 19.