DeLand, Fla. - The Stetson women's basketball team (17-12, 13-7 Atlantic Sun) wrapped up its most successful regular season in a decade with its sixth win in its last seven games, downing visiting Jacksonville (13-16, 8-12 A-Sun) 69-51 at the Edmunds Center on Saturday. Senior guard Tierra Brown (Orlando, Fla.) tied her season scoring high with 22 points and four assists to lead the Hatters, who will go into the A-Sun tournament next week as the #2 seed and play seventh-seeded Kennesaw State at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The Hatters were sharp from long range early, making their first four three-point attempts and knocking down five of seven from long range to open up an 18-point lead with 7:19 left in the first half. Halftime arrived with Stetson ahead 41-28. A 17-4 Hatter scoring surge in a four-minute stretch early in the game gave the Hatters a double-digit lead that would never truly be threatened.
Jacksonville came within 11 points at 45-34 on a Crystal Bell layup three and a half minutes into the second period, but Stetson salted matters away with an 8-0 run thereafter, punctuated by a three-pointer from freshman forward Sasha Sims (Fayetteville, Ga.) with 13:17 to play. The Hatters would lead by as many as 25 points late before Bell scored the game's last seven points for the final margin.
Brown hit four three-pointers to finish with 22 points, four rebounds, four assists and a steal. Senior center Natasha Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio) had 13 points, six rebounds, three blocks, two assists and two steals while Sims and sophomore guard Victoria McGowan (Inkster, Mich.) contributed 10 points apiece.
Taneskei Richardson collected a 17-point, 14-rebound double-double to lead the Dolphins with Bell adding 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals. JU had already assured itself of the #5 seed in the A-Sun tournament prior to its regular season finale.
The General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Conference Championships begin Wednesday when the Hatters face seventh-seeded Kennesaw State at 6:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals. ASun.TV's free broadcast will feature Stetson color analyst and former head coach Dee Romine; Live Stats links will also be available at GoHatters.com. For all information on the A-Sun Tournament, visit www.atlanticsun.org.
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