Jacksonville Sports Day

JU: Graham Leads Late Push As Dolphins Down Saints

JACKSONVILLE – It was a low-scoring affair for most of the night Monday at Swisher Gymnasium between the Jacksonville University women’s basketball team and Flagler College, but a big fourth quarter push led by DeShari Graham saw the Dolphins (2-3) come out on top of the Saints (1-1) 59-5

Both teams struggled to shoot the ball early in the contest and that theme continued throughout most of the evening. After the first media timeout of the night with the score at 5-3 in favor of Flagler, JU would outscore the Saints 13-7 over the final 4:41 to lead 16-12 going into the second quarter.

It was the Jada Perry show early and often to begin the night. The senior scored 10 points in the opening period and went 4-5 from the charity stripe and nearly compiled a double-double in the first half. The Saints had no answer for her 13 points and nine rebounds in the first 20 minutes of play to lead Jacksonville to a 26-19 lead going into the intermission.

Coming out of the half, a big third quarter from the Saints and poor shooting from the Dolphins allowed the opposition to take the lead 41-35 heading into the final 10 minutes of play.

Down by six and in need of a comeback, Graham took control of the game and scored 12 of Jacksonville’s 24 to end the night. In the final three minutes alone, she scored seven points, including a clutch three-pointer from Kasey Stevens with 47 seconds left to make it an eight-point game and all but seal the second win of the season.

Perry and Graham accounted for 44 of Jacksonville’s 59 points in the game, with the former posting a new season-high 25 points to go with three rebounds, three assists and four steals, and the latter posting her second-straight double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds while also collecting three crucial blocks. Khalela Hayes, coming off her second-straight ASUN Freshman of the Week honors, only had five points but pulled down seven big rebounds, including six on the offensive end. Second chance points were a major factor in the ballgame, as the Dolphins held a 25-8 advantage in that department.

Kasey Stevens, one of the five players recently added to roster from the Jacksonville women’s lacrosse team, made her Swisher debut tonight, playing 32 minutes and collecting four rebounds to go with three assists and a steal.

The Dolphins contest scheduled for Thursday against Thomas (GA) has been postponed and will attempt to be rescheduled. T

The Dolphins next contest will be Dec. 21 on the road against Alabama. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 P.M. ET.

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