JU Women's Basketball Snap Losing Streak Over Rival UNF

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The Jacksonville University women’s basketball team (8-17, 4-10 A-Sun) found their niche this weekend breaking their seven game losing streak at the expense of cross town rival, UNF (10-15, 6-8 A-Sun). This marks the first victory for the team against UNF in three years.

Freshman guard Queen Alford continued her stellar season, leading the Dolphin scorers for the afternoon with 20 points. Sophomore guard Britney Holiday was right behind her with 13 points.

The previous “first-half blues” were nowhere to be seen Saturday afternoon in the Swisher Gymnasium. Alford was able to shift the momentum early in the game with a steal, leading into a break where she was able to cash in with the basket and give the dolphins a 17-10 lead.

UNF scored on their next possession but Alford came through in the clutch to hit a jump shot and a three-pointer back to back. Senior forward Tracie Sneed shot two free throws in the final minutes of the first half to give JU a 33-26 advantage.

The Dolphins played strong through the second half, remaining ahead of the Ospreys. The contest got interesting with seven minutes left of play as UNF responded to a Holiday-Alford seven point run with a seven point stretch of their own, capped by a layup from UNF guard Jadhken Kerr that made the score 55-53 with 20 seconds left to play.

UNF cut the lead to a bucket again with a foul on UNF guard Fabiola Josil. She missed the free throw for the three-point play but UNF got the offensive board and allowed for a timeout. Following the timeout, senior guard Maggie Wilson blocked a three-point shot from UNF guard Ki Conner, leading to a foul on Dolphin forward Jade Cargill. Cargill missed both shots, but recovered the ball to seal the Dolphin victory.

The Dolphins made 18 of their 23 free throw attempts and scored 29 points off of turnovers. The Dolphins also shot 40 percent in the second half from three-point range and had a total of 29 rebounds.

With this victory, UNF leads JU in the SunTrust River City Rumble by one point. The Dolphins host East Tennessee State this Saturday at 1 p.m.

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