First-Half Blues Plague the Lady Dolphins

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The Jacksonville University women’s basketball team struggled through another pair of games this past weekend, losing to the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles (17-5, 11-0 A-Sun) Saturday afternoon and the Stetson Hatters (16-6 9-2 A-Sun) Monday afternoon.

The Lady Dolphins have lost the five of their  last six encounters, due to not putting points on the board in the first half of play.

In Saturday’s game against the Eagles, doom was spelled out early for the Lady Dolphins, as the Eagles scored 42 points in the first half to set up their eleventh straight win. FGCU guard Jamie Gluesing accounted for half of the three-point buckets made by the Eagles and led her team with 20 points on the night.

The Eagles opened the first half with an 8-0 run on the Dolphins, interrupted by a shot from freshman forward Briona Brown. The Eagles responded with a crushing 18-4 run to give them a 26-6 advantage with eight minutes left in the first half. Freshman guard Queen Alford lead a 7-0 run for JU at the end of the first, but FGCU capped off the half with a three-pointer to  leave the score 42-19.

Alford had 18 points and eight boards on the night and senior forward Tracie Sneed rounded off the major scorers with 12 points and 8 boards.

The Dolphins hoped to break their losing streak Monday against Stetson, but to no avail, losing 72-51 in the Swisher Gymnasium.

The ladies seemed to shake off their first half blues, leading the Hatters by 12 with six minutes left at the end of the first. A quick 8-2 run on the Dolphins would put Stetson back in the game, setting the score at 28-24 with 3:55 left. Sophomore guard Britney Holiday scored her second three-pointer of the half to put JU up by 7, but Stetson responded with a 9-0 stretch to end the half 35-30 in the Hatters favor.

The Hatters opened the second half with a 10-2 run and stayed ahead by double digits for the remainder of the game, effectively putting an end to the Dolphins’ hopes of snapping their slump.

Alford led the Dolphins again with 18 points and another 8 boards to her name. Senior guard Maggie Wilson and Holiday had 10 and 8 points on the night, respectively.

The Dolphins (7-15, 3-8 A-Sun) hope to rally and soar past their previous performances this weekend, as they start an A-Sun weekend playing Kennesaw State in Kennesaw, Ga., Saturday at noon.

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