JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Kelsey Jacobson’s 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left capped a nine-point Florida Gulf Coast rally in the final four minutes to lift the Eagles to a 68-67 win over JU.
With a win over Campbell next week the Eagles will grab, at least, a share of the A-Sun Regular Season Championship. If the Eagles defeat the Camels and ETSU loses one of their final games, the Eagles will win the Regular Season Championship outright.
The Dolphins (16-11, 12-6 A-Sun) never trailed in the game until the final second, watching the Eagles (23-4, 16-3) finish the game on a 13-3 run.
Jacobson’s (Barnesville, Minn.) heroic shot, her third 3-pointer of the game, gave her 10 points – one of our four Eagles in double figures. The FGCU rally ruined the Senior Day outing for the Regina Omoite, Virginia Gregoire, and DaVina Hamilton. The Dolphins had turned a two-point halftime lead into 13 less than five minutes into the second half – with Lynsey Paschal’s putback capping a 13-2 run to give JU a 47-34 lead.
Despite trailing by 10 with nine minutes to go, the Eagles started slowly cutting into the lead, cutting the deficit to five before two straight baskets by JU pushed the lead back to nine, 64-55, with four minutes left in regulation.
The Eagles rally started with a layup by Adrianne McNally (Howell, Mich.) and after Ashanti Williams made 1-of-2 free throws for JU, Jacobson hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to five, 65-60, with 2:33 left in the game.
After the two teams traded baskets, McNally went to work – making a layup with 1:15 left to cut the deficit to three, 67-64.
Omiote came down and missed a 3-pointer and fouled on the rebound, with Brittany Brown (Flint, Mich.) hitting 1-of-2 to cut the JU lead to two, 67-65, with just 53 seconds left in the game.
Crystal Grable missed a jumper in the lane that could have iced the game and the Eagles worked the clock, using their final three timeouts, drawing up Jacobson’s catch-and-shoot 3-pointer that gave Florida Gulf Coast its first lead of the day.
Jacksonville called a timeout, but the Dolphins inbound pass was picked off and the Eagles held on for the win.
The Dolphins hit 15-of-33 in the second half, but went ice cold in the final four minutes – hitting just 1-of-5 from the floor.
McNally scored a game-high 19 points and pulled nine rebounds to lead the Eagles. Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio) and Chelsea Lyles (Colorado Springs, Col.) each had 13 for FGCU.
The Dolphins got 12 from Courtney Jackson and 11 from Richardson off the bench.
The Eagles return to the hardwood on Thursday as they face Campbell in Buies Creek, N.C. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. (EST).