HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (unfospreys.com) - North Florida women's basketball overcame a slow start and powered past Alabama A&M, 73-64, Wednesday to win back-to-back road games for the first time since 2014.
Ospreys of the Game
- Janesha Green | Career-high 21 pts, 10 reb, 3 stl
- Adrienne Jackson | 11 pts, 10 reb
- Jazz Bond | 15 points
- Dasha Eremeeva | 10 points, 6 reb, 2 blk
North Florida (3-2) went on a 15-3 run from the third to fourth quarter where it took the lead and never looked back. During the stretch, Green had six points and Dasha Eremeeva picked up four. The Ospreys held Alabama A&M (1-3) to just one basket and forced three turnovers.
SWOOP of the Game
Eremeeva capped an 11-2 run with an and-one to give the Ospreys their biggest lead of the game in the fourth quarter, 64-47.
INSIDE THE GAME
- It was a tale of two quarters as North Florida was held to one point for more than three minutes before closing the gap, 11-7 on a triple from Victoria Patrick.
- Alabama A&M kept its distance though and held UNF to just three total baskets in the opening frame and owned a 20-12 lead after one.
- North Florida opened the second on a 9-3 run on an Adrienne Jackson layup to trail just 23-21 at 6:42.
- The Bulldogs pushed their lead back to seven before UNF outscored the hosts 8-4 down the stretch to close to within 32-31 at the half.
- Out of the break, the teams knotted the score twice, the final at 42-42 before Eremeeva hit a basket to put UNF up.
- The Ospreys then went on a 24-5 run that last into the fourth quarter to pull away, but the Bulldogs were not going down without a fight.
- AAM then jumped on an 11-2 stretch to come within eight and eventually got within six, but the hosts missed on three straight baskets and UNF went 3-for-4 from the line to secure the win.
Osprey Fast Breaks
- North Florida shot a season-high 48.9 percent against Division I opponents.
- The Bulldogs forced 23 turnovers leading to 25 points.
- UNF was just four free-throw attempts shy of the school record as it went 26-for-38 from the line.
- Tiffany Tolbert dished out a game-high five assists.
- Victoria Patrick had a season-high seven points.
THOUGHTS FROM THE TOP
"Our process is ongoing and this was a solid step in the right direction for this group. We responded well to their quick start and executed on both ends at key moments in the game to take control. I am really pleased wih tthe response and finding a way to get another road win!" - Head Coach Darrick Gibbs
North Florida heads back to the Sunshine State as it plays in the inaugural ASUN/MAAC Challenge. The Ospreys take on Marist Friday and Rider Saturday. Both teams are in the mid-major top 25 poll.
ABOUT THE ASUN
The ASUN Conference is an NCAA Division I league with nine member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement through a true balance between student and athlete. Six ASUN schools reside in Nielsen Top 50 national media markets, and all nine are in top 80 markets. The ASUN includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Lipscomb University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Alabama, University of North Florida and Stetson University. Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., joins the ASUN for the 2020-21 academic year.