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JSU Women fall to Belmont in the first round of OVC Tournament

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JSU Sportswire

The Jacksonville State Women’s Basketball team fell 55-45 to Belmont in the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Tournament on Thursday.

The Gamecocks finish with a 19-10 overall record and 9-6 in the Ohio Valley Conference. They finished 10-3 at home.

Destany McLin led the Gamecocks in scoring with 18 points followed by Candace Morton’s 13.

JSU shot 33 percent from the field and was 1-of-12 from three-point range. Belmont, on the other hand, shot 43 percent from the field and 46 percent from the three-point line. Belmont also shot 81 percent from the free-throw line, while JSU only had one free-throw attempt.

The Gamecocks jumped on the scoreboard first with a jumper by McLin for two points. Belmont responded with a three-pointer to take the lead and kept the lead for the remainder of the half.

Belmont would go on a 13-4 run to go up 16-6 at the 12 minute mark. However, the Gamecocks found themselves down by only four when Miranda Cantrell hit a two-point jumper to make the score 20-16. Belmont ended the half with a three-pointer to take the 23-16 lead in the half.

The second half was back-and-forth in scoring when Destiny James hit a three to bring the Gamecocks within three with 12:18 left to play in the second half.

JSU took the lead with 5:12 left in the game when Morton hit a three to finally put the Gamecocks back in the lead with a 41-40 score. Belmont bounced back with a three, while another JSU two-pointer tied the game at 43 with four minutes left.

Belmont would then take control when they went on a 6-0 run to go up 49-43 with 2:04 left to play in the game. James ended the run with a two-pointer, but that would be the last points the Gamecocks scored as Belmont held on to win and advanced to the next round.

Despite the first round loss, this Jacksonville State Gamecocks’ season was still one of the women’s best as they recorded 19 wins for the first time in the school history.

Marvel Robinson
Sports Editor

Gamecocks win in overtime to earn their 19th win for a program record

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JSU Sportswire

The JSU women secured their 19th win of the regular season, breaking the previous record of 18, with a hard-fought win against Morehead State in overtime 83-78.

The Gamecocks had already won 18 games this season. It matched the regular season wins from the 2003-2004 squad. Their 19th win secured them a No. 5 seed in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament that begins next week and moved them to 10-6 in OVC play.

Destany McLin led the Gamecocks in scoring with 23 total points. Veteran Candace Morton was behind her with 15. JSU was 13-of-19 for free throws on the night with Morton making all four of the ones she took.

It didn’t seem like the game would end in overtime as both teams never seemed willing to surrender their lead once they had it. The game would bounce back and forth between the two. With 24 lead changes and nine tie scores, it was a battle for both JSU and Morehead State.

The first half saw the Gamecocks jump out to score first, but quickly caught up to by MSU to tie it for the first time in the game at two. They would hold on to a lead until a three-pointer by Kelly Naughton at 13:52 put JSU ahead by one at 9-8. The game was tied again at 19 with 7:52 left in the half. Although the Gamecocks went up by three, it only took one shot from MSU’s Almesha Jones to tie the score again, this time at 22.

For the remainder of the half, the score would swap back and forth between the two teams with neither team being ahead by more than three points. McLin would send the Gamecocks into the locker room ahead by two on a good three-pointer.

The second half opened with the score being tied again at 34 after a quick shot from MSU. The game would suddenly turn to the Eagles’ favor as they took control of the score and kept it in their favor being ahead by as many as six twice. JSU would drive and come back into possession of the lead after Morton hit a layup and put the Gamecocks up by one.

At 10:48 the score was again tied, this time at 48. Again the score bounced back and forth between the two until the 23 second mark saw a Gretchen Morrison free throw tie the score for the final time in regulation at 68.

The Eagles scored the first points of overtime and went ahead of the Gamecocks by two. However, it would be the last time that the lead favored MSU. JSU went on a scoring spree and led by as many as seven, their highest lead of the night. The Eagles would manage to come within five, but the game would end with the Gamecocks in the lead 83-78

The Gamecocks open tournament play against Belmont March 5.

Rebekah Hawkins
Staff Writer

JSU Women gets another double-digit victory with win over Tennessee Tech

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The Jacksonville State women’s basketball team has won again, moving them up to 7-4 in the Ohio Valley Conference and 16-7 overall as they defeated Tennessee Tech 70-54 on the road Saturday evening.

Briana Benson dropped 20 points, energizing the Gamecocks as they ended the game with a total of 70 points. Senior Candace Morton dropped 12 points and senior Destany McLin scored 10.

JSU was quite successful in shooting from the field as they came out of the first half with 52 percent. However, Jacksonville State’s defense restricted Tennessee Tech to 11-of-29 from the field.

JSU began the second half with an eight point lead and was able to pick up 36 more points before the end of the game. Jacksonville State’s sturdy defense was able to keep Tennessee Tech back, so TTU was only able to score 28 more points in the second half. JSU was able to maintain a strong lead and soon reached the double-digits at the 9:43 mark after Courtney Strain scored a three-pointer.

Tennessee Tech tried to catch up quickly by giving JSU only a three point lead of 40-37, but JSU fought back by gaining 13 more points, giving the Gamecocks a 16 point lead.

Jacksonville State grew steady control of the game and eventually gained a 20 point lead after Morton made a pair of free-throws.

This will be the first double-digit win against Tennessee Tech for JSU since 2005. This is also the first time since the 2003-04 season that the women’s basketball team has recorded three double-digit wins in a row.

Tennessee Tech now falls to 2-9 in the OVC.

JSU finished the game with a shot percentage of almost 49 percent from the field. Tennessee Tech made only 35 percent.

The Jacksonville State women’s basketball team will play again on Feb. 11 in the Pete Mathews Coliseum at 5:30 pm against Belmont.

Lauryn Dawkins
Staff Writer

JSU Women reach 15th win of the season with victory over Tennessee State

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The JSU women won their 15th game of the year on Saturday with a 63-50 victory against OVC opponent Tennessee State.

The win gave the Gamecocks their first 15-win season since 2004-2005 and placed them at a generous 6-4 in the OVC standings. It also gives them a three-game win streak and snaps a road loss streak that goes back to Jan. 3 when the Gamecocks lost to Eastern Illinois. It places them fourth in the OVC standings just behind Morehead State.

Destany McLin led the way in scoring for the Gamecocks with 16 points. Candace Morton was behind her with 14. JSU was nearly perfect in free throws as they made 9-of-10.

The first half was well matched for both teams. While JSU went into the locker room with the lead, it was not an easy battle to get there.

JSU jumped out in the front first, but it wasn’t long before TSU had tied the score at four for the first of four times in the first half. JSU took the lead by two, but less than 20 seconds later, the Tigers had tied it again.

It would be nearly five minutes later, after a Morton turnover, that TSU would take the lead 8-6 for the first time. They went up by their highest lead of the game 13-6 before Gretchen Morrison would hit two back-to-back three-pointers that would bring TSU’s lead back down to one.

However, TSU would keep their lead within six until JSU managed to tie it at 22 with 6:26 remaining. They exchanged points and wound up tied again at 27 on a Morton free-throw with only 3:06 left in the half. Another two free-throws from Morton gave JSU their 30-27 lead and, after a three-pointer from both TSU and JSU, the first half came to a close with JSU in the lead 33-30.

JSU was perfect on free throws in the first half with six. They were also 11-of-29 for field goals made.

Morton led the way in the first half with 11 points scored on her own, nine of which came on three-pointers.

The second half opened with a quick shot by McLin to put JSU up by five fast. TSU reclaimed the lead at 16:17 for the last and final time in the game. JSU would tie it up again at 39 one-minute later, then reclaimed their lead by three before TSU tied it at 42.

After that, JSU would take the lead back and not release it for the remainder of the game. By the seven-minute mark, JSU had a lead by eight. As the final two minutes began to tick away, JSU had their 13-point lead that would eventually win the game, but TSU tried for two more 3-pointers that both fell short. The Gamecocks came away with the victory.

The Gamecocks look to continue their OVC win streak Saturday Feb. 7 against Tennessee Tech in Cookeville.

Rebekah Hawkins
Staff Writer

Women’s Basketball bounce back from losses with 72-64 win over Morehead State

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JSU Sportswire

The Jacksonville State Women’s Basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak with their 72-64 win over Morehead State Saturday afternoon at Pete Mathews Coliseum.

The win also broke an eight game losing skid to the Lady Eagles. Jacksonville State improved their record to 13-7 overall, 4-4 in conference play. The Lady Eagles fell to 8-12 overall, 4-3 in the OVC.

The Lady Eagles started the day off with a 5-0 run before Briana Benson hit a three to put Jacksonville State on the board at the 18:36 mark of the first half.

Both teams swapped baskets before the Lady Gamecocks took the lead. They would never trail the rest of the way. Jacksonville State ended the half on a 4-0 run where they went into the locker room with a 36-25 advantage.

The Lady Gamecocks opened the second half with a basket by Tyler Phelion to increase their lead to 38-25. From that point on, both teams shared baskets. Jacksonville State experienced their largest lead of the afternoon with 16:54 left in the game after Benson knocked down a three-pointer to push the lead to 16 points, 47-31.

Jacksonville State finished shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc.

Benson led all scorers with 17 points. Destany McLin had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

The Lady Gamecocks will try to increase their winning streak to two games when they host Eastern Kentucky Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

Chris Hubbard
Staff Writer