JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Even with another impressive night from sophomore guard Kristina Wells, the Kennesaw State women's basketball team couldn't overcome stellar shooting from the Jacksonville University Dolphins, taking an Atlantic Sun Conference loss, 64-52, in historic Swisher Gymnasium.
Wells was good for 15 points and nine rebounds while tying a career high with six steals as the Owls fall to 4-13 on the year and 0-5 in the A-Sun.
The Owls led Jacksonville (7-10, 3-3 A-Sun) by as many as three points in the opening period with freshman Chelsea Mason (Bellevue, Neb./Bellevue West HS) drilling a three from the wing to make it 7-4 Owls in the early goings. But back-to-back baskets from the Dolphins, who shot 46-percent from the field, put the home team up for good shortly thereafter.
Kennesaw State did bring the momentum into the half, taking what was an eight point lead for JU down to just three after a Wells (Douglasville, Ga./Douglas County HS) steal and fast break layup followed by a Bria Young (Suwanee, Ga./Collins Hill HS) three-pointer just before time expired to put the score at 32-29.
Out of the locker rooms it was Chantel Kennedy (Brooklyn, N.Y./Colorado St.) that cut the lead to just one with a layup from a Wells assist, but 10-0 run from the Dolphins then put the game out of reach as the Owls took the loss, 64-52.
"We played a lot better than we did against North Florida," said Kennesaw State head coach Nitra Perry. "Jacksonville is a very good team. We're still trying to get everybody on the same page on the floor and we definitely needed Gideon in a big way. When she gets going against this team she can do some big things but unfortunately she got in foul trouble early on."
Gideon (Madison, Ala./Bob Jones HS) fell just short of earning her fourth straight double-double with eight points and nine rebounds despite missing the majority of the first half after picking up her third foul just seven minutes into the ballgame.
Ashley Holliday (Greenville, S.C./J.L. Mann Academy) also ended the night in double-figures, putting in 11 points with four assists, tying with teammate Wells for the game high in that category.
"Wells had a great night playing" said Perry. "She's playing real good basketball right now so we're going to keep drawing up plays for her. She brought us great energy tonight and that's what we ask of her."
As a team, the Owls connected on five three-pointers during the game, all coming in the first half, with two of those coming from Nicole Adams (New Port Richey, Fla./Gulf HS) and one each from Holliday and Mason.
KSU also forced 18 JU turnovers during the game, turning them directly into 15 points on the other end.
The Owls will be back home at the KSU Convocation Center this Saturday, Jan. 19, at 5:30 p.m. as the black and gold host East Tennessee State.
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