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Women’s basketball drops first home game


Jacksonville State’s women’s basketball team was seeking their sixth consecutive home victory Monday night when they played host to Morehead State.

Coach Rick Pietri’s squad is closing in a completing one of the best turnaround seasons in history. Following a one-win campaign a year ago, the Gamecocks, in Pietri’s first season, are now 11-16 and prior to Monday night were winners of seven of their last nine games.

JSU led 30-22 at the half fuel by Briana Benson and Destany McLin’s double-digit scoring in the first half. However, the Gamecocks
were ice cold offensively in the second half shooting just 3/27 from the field the entire final 20 minutes.

A nine-minute drought from 15:35 to 6:35 saw the Gamecocks fail to make a single bucket. Still, a strong defense resulted in JSU leading 40-39 with 3:31 remaining.

Morehead missed a free throw with 26 seconds to go that allowed JSU to rush down and score a tying layup, but in the return possession the Eagles hit a jumpshot with less than a second to play sealing a 45-43 victory over JSU.

Even with the disappointing loss, Jax State still sits in a strong position for a quality OVC Tournament seed, something that was likely considered out of the relm of possibility following a 1-27 campaign.

At 7-7 in conference play, JSU sits sixth currently, but it just a half-game out of fourth. The Gamecocks have two remaining games on the next two Saturdays first at Southeast Missouri State (4-8) and then closing the season at home vs East leading Belmont (9-4).

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