Tag: JSU Women

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.

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

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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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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 falls in overtime on Senior Day

Despite a second chance to win the game in overtime, the Gamecocks could not keep up with the offense of Tennessee State and fell 74-66.

It was a rough overtime period as the Gamecocks struggled to get anything together offensively. They went 1-of-9 in shooting despite perfection from free throw shots.

Candace Morton led the night in total points with 20, while Courtney Strain was right behind her with 10. Morton also led in free throws making 8-of-10. The Gamecocks were overall 13-of-19 for free throws on the night.

The game opened with TSU jumping out to a fast lead before a tie at 15:41 that put the score at an even four. It was then the Gamecocks’ chance to lead the game, which they did manage to even the score two more times.

A 3-pointer by TSU’s Jemilah Leonard at 6:56 put the Eagles in the lead with the score at 15-13. The lead that they gained by that shot was one that they would hold onto for the duration of the first half. They led by as many as eight twice in the final five minutes.

It was on a three-pointer by Strain with 3:01 left when the Gamecocks cut the Eagles’ lead to five and seemed to gain momentum. The Gamecocks fought hard and broke the Eagles down to only a two-point margin by the end of the half with the score sitting at 25-23 after Miranda Cantrell hit a layup with nine seconds left.

As the second half opened, it didn’t take long for the Gamecocks to tie the score at 25. It was the first of six ties in the second half. Before the second tie, the score bounced back and forth between the two teams always within one. The second tie brought the score to 28 before TSU went up by two. A layup by Cantrell brought the teams to their third tie at 30.

Less than a minute later it was tie number four at 32. This time Tennessee State would manage to pull away from their opponent and keep the score just out of their grasp for around three minutes. It was Tyler Phelion who helped the Gamecocks to their fifth tie at 41 with 11:17 left in the game.

It was JSU’s turn to pull away from TSU. The Gamecocks took their lead out all the way to the 2:02 mark when the Eagles hit a jumper to put them up by one. They couldn’t hold their lead and JSU would send it to overtime with a three-pointer at the buzzer by Morton.

Unfortunately the Gamecocks fell apart in overtime. After TSU went ahead, the Gamecocks were able to tie it once more before the Eagles took full control and never let it go. They would go on to win the game by eight.

The Gamecocks have one regular season game left after their win Monday against Eastern Kentucky. They will play Morehead State Feb. 28.

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