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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

JSU Women’s Basketball comeback a little too late as they suffer first home loss

The Jacksonville State Women’s Basketball team late rally falls short to Austin Peay 57-54.

JSU, who was undefeated at home, now has a 5-1 record at home. The Gamecocks are 10-5 overall and stand 1-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference.

For the last 13 minutes of the game, JSU held Austin Peay to only six points. JSU went on an 11-3 run to cut the lead down to 10 with 6:15 left in the game. Candace Morton scored seven of those 11.

Austin Peay continuously missed field goals and free throws which helped the Gamecocks stay alive. With 19 seconds left in the game, Morton brought JSU within four points with a layup and free throw due to an Austin Peay foul. Tyler Phelion hit a layup to bring JSU within two points with six seconds left. The Gamecocks had to either foul or steal the ball, so they fouled with six seconds still left. Austin Peay made one of the two free throws, so JSU was only down by three. Jacksonville State grabbed the rebound and drove down the court. Destiny James launched a three that was on target, but fell short.

The Gamecocks had three players in double-digits in points. Destany McLin and Morton both had 12 points while Miranda Cantrell scored 10.

Phelion pulled down 12 rebounds for the game high, but JSU was still out-rebounded 55-41 in the game and shot 29 percent from the field.

“We had the opportunities. So, while we defended well enough, we just couldn’t make any shots,” said head coach Rick Pietri in the post-game interview.

After scoring first and seeing two-tied scores, Austin Peay started to pull away from JSU. Austin Peay went on a 16-5 run during a six-minute span in the first half to go up 36-19 with 4:47 left. Jacksonville State still managed to finish strong with a 9-3 run to end the half and just be down 39-28 at halftime.

Austin Peay found their largest lead in the second half when they went up by 18 with 13:31 left in the game. JSU would then make their comeback, but only to come up short.

Despite the loss, JSU finished strong.

“We still kept the fight defensively and hung in there and found a way to make it a one-possession game,” said coach Pietri. “We fought to give ourselves a chance, unfortunately, we just didn’t make enough baskets to actually win it.”

The JSU Women will have another home game this Saturday where they will face Murray State at 2 p.m.

Marvel Robinson
Sports Editor

Five in a row for Women’s Basketball

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JSU Sportswire

JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville State women’s basketball team defeated Georgia Southern 78-52 to extend their win streak to five. With only one loss being the first game of the season to Texas Tech, the Gamecocks overall record is 5-1.

In their five-game winning streak, the JSU women have defeated Alabama, New Orleans, Wofford, Central Arkansas, and now Georgia Southern.

The win over Georgia Southern showed the balance of JSU as four Gamecocks scored in double digits. Courtney Strain led with a career-high 18 points and Candace Morton scored 14 points. Miranda Cantrell finished with 12 points and Briana Benson reached 11.

The Gamecocks defense was impressive as they forced 16 turnovers and 10 steals. Morton led with three steals, Tyler Phelion and Destany McLin both had two steals, and Destiny James, Leah Strain and Benson all recorded one steal.

Jacksonville State and Georgia Southern was in a tight game for most of the first half. Georgia Southern had a six-point lead with 13:24 in the first half. However, Georgia Southern would see the lead no more when Kelly Naughton hit a three-pointer to put the Gamecocks up two with 9:28 left in the first half. JSU would eventually pull away towards the end of the first half. Courtney Strain made a three-pointer to put the Gamecocks up 37-27 going into the half.

The second half was when JSU really pulled away. The Gamecocks went on an 11-0 run and then on another 16-2 run. The 16-2 run gave the Gamecocks their largest lead of the night at 30 with 2:21 left in the game. JSU eventually won by 26.

JSU women will have another home game on Dec. 5 where they will play Jackson State. The Gamecocks will be looking to keep their winning streak alive. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.

Marvel Robinson
Sports Editor

Season opener ends in loss for JSU Women

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JSU Sportswire

The Lady Gamecocks faced their first test of the season on Friday against Texas Tech where they lost 67-59.

The game was close through all four quarters as JSU pushed Texas Tech to their limit. JSU trailed by nine to start the game, but made a quick charge back as Gretchen Morrison made two consecutive three-point shots.

Still in the first half, JSU would trail by 11, which was the largest deficit of the half.

JSU would then go on a 10-2 run to bring the game within two points. The first half  would eventually end with a score of 37 for the Red Raiders and 34 for the Gamecocks.

The second half started with a pair of free throws for JSU as the lead was trimmed to one point. However, the Gamecocks fell behind once again as they trailed by double digits late in the second half.

Jacksonville State did not recover and the game ended 67-59 with the Red Raiders winning.

Jacksonville State out-rebounded Texas Tech on the night 39-35 with Tyler Phelion pulling down eight boards for a team high. Miranda Cantrell was close with seven rebounds of her own.

The Gamecocks had a rough night shooting as they only hit 35.6 % of their shots. Candace Morton led the team with 13 points while Phelion was right behind her with 12 points.

With this loss, JSU starts the season 0-1. The Gamecocks will look to get their first win when they play at Alabama on Nov. 18. Tip off is set for 6 p.m. Game information and live stats will be available online at www.jsugamecocksports.com.

Wesley Schultz
Staff Writer