JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (judolphins.com) – An impressive offensive effort that saw seven players score 10 or more points, coupled with its signature stifling defense, led the Jacksonville University women's basketball team to a 79-point victory over Johnson (FL), 114-35, Saturday afternoon at Historic Swisher Gymnasium.
The Dolphins shot 53 percent from the flop with 20 or more points in all four quarters – including a season-high 35 in the second – and held the Suns to just 11 points in the second half for the win.
"We got our act together defensively in the second half and that's something we will always hang our hats on – defending. We have a lot of really good pieces on this squad; when we unite and play for each other with consistency is when we are at our best," noted head coach Darnell Haney following the game. "Now we prepare for Tuesday."
Senior Mariah Batz led all scorers with 18 points and chipped in four rebounds and four assists to earn Hodges Mazda Player of the Game honors. Additionally, junior Jada Perry notched a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds to go along with five assists and two steals, while sophomore Destiny Marshall contributed 12 points and eight rebounds.
The Dolphins led by as many as 15 in the opening quarter before they held a 29-14 advantage at the first break. With a 15-4 run to open the second, Jacksonville quickly put the game out of reach as the Dolphins saw three-pointers from sophomore Johne Stewart (9:02), Batz (7:55), and senior Alexis Pierce (7:55) to surge ahead, 44-17, with 6:56 to go before halftime. As the final minutes ticked off the clock, the Dolphins closed the half with a 7-0 run for a substantial 40-point lead at halftime, 64-24. Stewart (10 points) and Pierce (14 points, 5 rebounds) finished the day with a combined 24 points.
Opening the third quarter right where they left off, JU used an 8-0 run with layups from redshirt-senior Shalonda Neely (9:35), redshirt-senior Shakayla Nevitt (8:35), and two from senior Alexis Burns (9:18 and 8:15) before the Suns found an answer. Neely (8 points), Nevitt (11 points, 4 assists, 3 steals), and Burns (3 points) all played key roles for the Dolphins from the tip off. With all 10 of her points coming in the final 3:33 of the third quarter, freshman Suzan Morshed made a notable appearance off the bench as the Dolphins held a 92-30 advantage with 10 minutes to play.
With 8:02 left to play, freshman Da'Nasia Shaw connected with redshirt-freshman Erin Wilson for a three-pointer and the first of Wilson's seven points of the day. At the final buzzer, all 15 Dolphins had recorded points for the all-around team victory, 114-35. Shaw finished the day with five points and two assists.
With 11 points each, Bailey Ansbaugh and Destiny Coakley led Johnson offensively, while Diamond Davis pulled down six rebounds on the opposite end of the floor.
The Dolphins return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 19 when they welcome former ASUN Conference foe USC Upstate to Historic Swisher Gymnasium at 11 a.m.
ABOUT THE ASUN
The ASUN Conference is an NCAA Division I league with nine member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement through a true balance between student and athlete. Six ASUN schools reside in Nielsen Top 50 national media markets, and all nine are in top 80 markets. The ASUN includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Lipscomb University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Alabama, University of North Florida and Stetson University. Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., joins the ASUN for the 2020-21 academic year.