Tag: Gretchen Morrison

Gamecocks can’t hang late with ‘Noles

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Gretchen Morrison (left) scored 20 points in JSU’s loss to No. 18 Florida State on Sunday. (Katy Nowak/JSU)

Grant Benefield, Chanty Sports Reporter

JSU women’s basketball faced their first of two Power-five opponents on the 2017-18 docket Sunday, and fell 75-51 to the visiting 18th ranked Florida State Seminoles.

Despite the loss, the Gamecocks (1-1) gave the ‘Noles (2-0) all they could handle in the first half of play, and even led FSU 17-13 after the first period.

Much of the Gamecocks’ first half success was thanks to a stellar shooting performance by guard Gretchen Morrison.

The senior from South Lake, Texas, hit six-of-seven from beyond the arc and added a two-point basket for 20 first half points.

The Seminoles won the second period of play, but led by just three going into halftime.

The Gamecock offense fell silent in the second half, failing to score in the third period and shooting just five-for-29 in the half.

And while JSU went cold, Florida State only got hotter in the second half, shooting 15-for-33 from the field to finish off the Gamecocks 75-51.

Senior forward and Sylacauga native Shakayla Thomas led Florida State with 23 points.

Seminoles’ Nicki Ekhomu and AJ Alix also reached double digits with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Outside of Morrison’s 20 points, no other Gamecocks reached double digits, with Rayven Pearson having the next most with 7.

Pearson led JSU on the boards with eight rebounds.

Tyler Phelion and Tasha Magruder followed with seven and five, respectively.

Phelion also dished four assists.

The Seminoles also led JSU in turnovers, with 11 to the Gamecocks’ 17.

JSU women’s basketball remains without a win against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent in the program’s history, but they will have another chance this season when the Gamecocks travel to Clemson on December 17.

The Gamecocks continue their homestand Wednesday at 7 p.m. as they host Stillman.

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

Women hoops win on Valentine’s Day

It was a sweet Valentine’s Day for the JSU women who stepped up and defeated Tennessee Tech 67-58 in front of the home crowd at Pete Mathews.

The Gamecocks were on fire with their free throws in the second half as they made 11-of-12. Candace Morton had four more in the second and Tyler Phelion had five. On the night, the team was 17-of-19 from the free throw line. Morton led the night in total points with 18 while Gretchen Morrison had 12 and Phelion had 11.

While JSU had more points in the first half with 34 to TTU’s 24, the Golden Eagles came back to give JSU a scare as they scored 34 to JSU’s 33 in the second half. It was not enough to contain the Gamecocks who left the first half in the lead and would not release it for the remainder of the game.

The first half opened with the first points belonging to Tennessee Tech. They would lead for around three minutes until JSU tied the game and stole the lead with a shot from Morton.

The score would be tied three more times during the first half and the lead changed from JSU to TTU and back again before the third tie settled it. JSU took the lead out of the half’s final tie at 10:29 and carried it for the remainder of the first.

When Tennessee Tech came within one, it took a three-pointer from Briana Benson to bump the lead back up to four. The Gamecocks led by as many as 12 with 15 seconds remaining before the Golden Eagles hit two free throws on a Benson foul to cut the lead to ten. The Gamecocks entered the half ahead of TTU 34-24.

The first half was productive on free throws for the Gamecocks as they hit 6-of-7 with four coming from veteran guard Morton.

The second half saw JSU in the lead early on. Despite TTU’s best efforts, the closest they got to the Gamecocks was four points. JSU had their highest lead of the second half with 11 at the 6:32 mark after a made three-pointer by Gretchen Morrison set their lead at 50-39.

The Gamecocks would keep their lead within seven until 2:42 when two free throws dropped their lead to six at 55-49. With the game coming to an end, TTU attempted to claw their way back to the lead, but never made it past the six points that they were down by. The Gamecocks made eight free throws in the final minute to seal their 67-58 victory and earn their hard fought 17th win.

The JSU women’s regular season draws to a close as they reach their final games of the season. They will play Eastern Kentucky on Feb. 18, weather permitting, in Richmond. Their final home game will be on Feb. 21 against Tennessee State.

Rebekah Hawkins
Staff Writer

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

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JSU Sportswire

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

Lady Gamecocks fall against UT Martin

After taking care of business against Southeast Missouri on Wednesday, the Gamecocks would take a 67-47 loss against reigning OVC Champs, UT Martin.

It was an evenly matched battle in scoring for most of the first half with 25 points on the Gamecocks end, and 28 for the Skyhawks of UTM. It was in the second half where UT Martin managed to pull away as they scored 39 to Jacksonville State’s 22 to put the game away.

After a quick first score, the Gamecocks appeared ready to play. They took the lead early and held on to it until UTM took it away by one with around 15:40 left in the first half.

UTM’s Haley Howard turned the ball over at 12:33, and then, Jacksonville Sate’s Gretchen Morrison took it for two back-to-back three-pointers. Kelly Naughton would then score again to push the Gamecocks’ lead out to seven.

The game would then go on to be tied three times before the end of the first half with JSU only having the lead once more before halftime. UTM would go into the locker room with a 28-25 lead over JSU.

The Gamecocks were 11 of 30 for field goals taken in the first half, which was nearly matched with UT Martin’s 12 of 31. There were also 14 3-pointers taken between the two teams and only three were made. Two of them came from the Gamecocks’ side.

It was the second half where the Skyhawks would put space between themselves and the Gamecocks. They were already ahead as they came out of the half and would not surrender that lead the entire second half.

While the Gamecocks did score, they could never come back from being down so low. UTM managed to stay ahead by at least 15 from the 13-minute mark until the end of the game.

After several last ditch efforts to make up some extra points by the Gamecocks the game ended and the final score read 67-47.

Despite the loss, the game proved effective for Destany McLin who scored a team high 12 points. Morrison also had her two successful three-point attempts that were a help in giving JSU the lead early on in the game.

The loss dropped the Gamecocks to 12-6 and 3-3 in conference play. They remain much improved from this time a year ago where they had only won six games. They sit just above their next opponent, Belmont, in the OVC standings. They will play the Bruins Jan. 21 in Nashville.

Rebekah Hawkins
Staff Writer