Sophomore Briana Morrow registered her second double-double of the season and her seventh of her career with 15 points and 18 rebounds in the setback.
It marked the Nashville, Tenn.-native’s second double digit rebounding effort as she pulled down a career-high 19 at Georgia State earlier this season. In the last four games, Morrow has averaged 11.5 rebounds.
After a slow start in which the Dolphins of JU opened the game with a 14-3 scoring run in the first five minutes of the contest. The Red and White began to settle into the contest and claw its way back into the game with a 15-2 run over a five minute, 47 second scoring run to take its first lead of the game at 18-16 on a Morrow bucket. JSU built is largest lead of the game at 30-26 after Marikate Gardler drilled a three-pointer with 3:13 left before halftime.
JU completed the first half with a 9-0 scoring run to take a five-point, 35-30, lead into the dressing room. JU’s Stephanie Edwards sparked the run by scoring six of the nine points during the final stretch of the half. Edwards would finish the game with eight points.
The second half was a back and forth affair with four lead changes and six ties in the final period. JSU erased the halftime deficit four minutes deep into the half and eventually matched its largest lead of the game at 42-38 near the 14 minute-mark on a Morrow lay up. With the game all knotted at 50 with 8:46 left in the game, the Dolphins stormed out to a ten point, 66-56, lead at the 3:10 mark after stringing together a 16-6 scoring run over the next five minutes.
The Gamecocks would trim the deficit down to three points on two occasions, but could not get stops down the stretch as JU knocked down critical free throws down the stretch to pick up the road win.
The Dolphins finished the game shooting 43 percent from the field and 19-of-25 from the free throw line. JSU turned in a 35 percent shooting effort in the loss and posted a 10-for-11 free throw shooting output in the second half. Jax State continued it streak to five consecutive games in which it out-rebounds the opposition. JSU had a plus-two advantage on the boards at 45-43.
Senior Amanda McCarthy had her second double figure scoring game of the season with 11 points in 17 minutes of action.
The Boston, Mass.-product was 3-of-8 shooting, including a late three pointer in the game. She was also a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.
Freshman Destany McLin had her best outing of her young Gamecock career with 11 points and nine rebounds. McLin, from Athens, Ala., also had two assists and a steal in 22 minutes off the bench. Sophomore Miranda Cantrell continues to spark the JSU offense off the bench with her second consecutive double figure game with ten points. Cantrell led JSU in its loss versus Samford with 12 points. Gardler added nine points in the contest.
Queen Alfred led all JSU scorers with 13 points off the bench. JU’s leading scorer, Jade Cargill, finished with ten points.
JSU will host its second Atlantic Sun foe on Wednesday as Kennesaw State will visit the Pete Mathews Coliseum for a 7 p.m. contest. After the KSU match up, the Gamecocks will have an eight-day break before hosting Reinhardt College on Friday, Dec. 7. Tickets are available by calling the JSU Athletic Ticket Office at 256-782-8499 or online at JSUGamecockSports.com.