Jacksonville Sports Day

JU: Buie, Gordon Reach 1,000 as Dolphins Down Lipscomb

JACKSONVILLE – Making history – that’s what Brandi Buie and Kayla Gordon did Saturday afternoon as the senior duo both hit the 1,000-point mark en route to a 70-48 victory against Lipscomb at Swisher Gym to remain undefeated in ASUN Conference action.

The pair join just six other Dolphins to reach the 1,000-point milestone in program history.

“I was super proud of our team. We’re a work in progress, so any time we can come out with a win, I’m excited about that,” state Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. “Collectively, we did a great job defensively holding them to 48 points. Once we continue to hone our identity, we’ll have success.

“Kudos to Kayla and Brandi, they’ve been so much a part of this success – they’ve been part of our championship team and I’m just happy they were able to get that accomplishment today.”

Buie’s milestone came at 5:31 in the second quarter on a layup in traffic to push the Dolphins ahead 24-14. Her day came an added bonus – her first career double-double – as she finished with 17 points, 10 reounds, and six assists.

Gordon’s 1,000th point came in the middle of the fourth quarter as Shakayla Nevitt found Gordon in transition under the basket to give the Dolphins a 17-point surge, 59-42, with 5:00 remaining. Gordon finished the game with seven points, seven rebounds, and two steals.

Added McCuin, “I just think that’s awesome. When Coach Haney and I recruited them, we asked them to come help us build something. A championship and an at-large bid later, here we are with them doing it. It’s really special to me, personally, and I know to everybody.”

Jasmyn Brown’s 11 fourth-quarter points propelled a 25-point outburst by the Dolphins (12-5, 2-0 ASUN) to put the game out of reach in the waning minutes. Jasmyn Brown led all scorers with 22 points behind four three-pointers, while Nevitt added a double-digit performance with 10 points.

Seven first-quarter points from Jasmyn Brown accounted for nearly half of the Dolphins’ 15 points as Jacksonville led 15-10 midway through the first half.

Jacksonville’s trademark scrappy defense, aided by a 6-0 run to close out the quarter, allowed the Dolphins to double up the Bisons at halftime, 30-16.

Showing fight in the third quarter, Lipscomb (5-12, 1-1 ASUN) outscored the Dolphins 17-15, but it proved to be the spark needed to ignite a 25-point fourth quarter from Jacksonville to put the game out of reach.

Jacksonville held ASUN-leading scorer Loren Cagle to single-digits, and only Emily Kmec reached double figures for the Bisons as the pair finished with nine and 10 points, respectively.

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