Jacksonville Sports Day

JU: Dolphins Downed in Game Two by Lions, 57-47

It was a low-scoring affair at Swisher Gymnasium Sunday between the Jacksonville University women’s basketball team and the University of North Alabama.

For the second straight day, the third quarter proved to be the decider, as the Dolphins (2-7, 0-4) went cold and were to rally against the Lions (5-10, 4-2), falling by a final score of 57-47.

North Alabama opened the game with an 11-0 run before a DeShari Graham jumper at 7:35 got the Dolphins on the board. The Green and Gold would settle in after that, outscoring the Lions over the remainder of the quarter behind baskets from Erin Wilson and Khalela Hayes and free throws from Ashley Malone.

Jacksonville was able to keep things rolling in the second quarter, with Alexis Pierce leading the charge, scoring eight of her 11 points for the game as JU was able to get within three heading into halftime.

Coming out to start the third quarter, the Dolphins struggled to keep pace with the Lions for the second day in row, as they were unable to find their rhythm on offense in a period in which they scored just three points and trailed by 11 heading to the final period.

Despite a valiant effort and outscoring UNA in the final stanza, the Dolphins were unable to complete the comeback. Increased defensive pressure created more turnovers and extra possessions for the home team, but the shots didn’t fall when Jacksonville needed them most, as North Alabama held on to complete the weekend double with a win.

Graham finished the day with 10 points, three boards and three steals, while Hayes followed up her double-double performance Saturday with six points and nine rebounds, giving her a team-leading 59 for the season.

Hawai’I transfer MaKayla Edwards knocked down a season and career-high three three-pointers and finished the game with nine points. Four players finished in double figures for UNA, led by Jaida Bond and Sakyia White who each had 16.

It was a tightly officiated game, with both teams combining for 38 personal fouls and 48 free throw attempts over the course of the contest.

Up next for the Dolphins, a trip to Lynchburg, Virginia to take on the ASUN Conference leading Liberty Flames (10-3, 6-0). Tip-off Saturday is set for 2 PM.

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