Despite five three-pointers and a team-high 23 points from Shanasa Sanders, the Stetson women’s basketball team fell 56-52 to host UNF in an Atlantic Sun Conference game Saturday afternoon at the UNF Arena.
The Hatters (15-6, 8-2 A-Sun) led by six at halftime and by as many as 10 in the second half, but a late 16-4 run allowed the Ospreys (10-11, 6-4) to steal the victory.
Raneisha Lamar led UNF with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
“Give UNF credit, they made plays, they got stops, they did what they needed to and we didn’t,” Stetson head coach Lynn Bria said. “I thought the game came down to getting stops. Both teams struggled to score, but we didn’t guard Lamar very well in the post. To their credit they guarded very well, and they executed very well. However, I also know we can play better than we did, we just didn’t get the stops we needed to down the stretch.”
Sanders went 8-for-13 from the field and finished one shy of her season high point total (24 vs. Hofstra). She hit three three-pointers in a row during a first half run that put Stetson in front 14-11.
“I came into the game just telling myself to relax on three-point line,” Sanders said. “I was rushing my shots earlier in the season so I just tried to relax and shoot the ball.”
McGowan added 16 points and six rebounds, and C.J. Coddington contributed five points off the bench.
Stetson shot just 36 percent from the floor for the game and outrebounded UNF 31-29. The teams split the two-game season series.
With Mercer’s victory over Kennesaw State, the Hatters dropped into a tie for second place with the Bears. Both teams sit at 8-2 in the A-Sun standings.
“That just means we have to be ready to beat Jacksonville on Monday,” Bria said. “We are all playing for three games in March, and you want to get as high a seed as you can get. We just have to take it one game at a time.”
Stetson will continue its three-game road swing at 7 p.m. Monday night at Jacksonville. The game will be broadcast on ASun.TV, HatterVision, and WSBB.
Notes: Janelle Mills played in her 118th career game, tied for second-most in school history. She is one game away from tying the school record … McGowan moved up to sixth all-time in school history in points scored (1364) … Jama Sharp has 24 steals in her last six games … Shanasa Sanders has recorded five or more rebounds in 11 consecutive games. She is also eight points shy of 1000 for her career … Stetson had won its last 29 straight games when holding opponents to under 58 points.