JSU Women Basketball Showcase: The Jacksonville State women’s basketball team fought hard in a Monday night matchup against UAB, leading most of the fourth quarter but ultimately falling short in an 85-78 overtime loss.
JSU showed resilience, maintaining the lead for a significant portion of the quarter, with an eight-point advantage when Samiya Steele nailed a 3-pointer with 6:31 remaining. However, UAB steadily narrowed the gap until Mia Moore’s two foul shots leveled the score at 70-70 with 1:47 left.
A jumper by Jade Weathersby gave UAB a 72-70 lead, but JSU responded, tying it 72-72 with Krystol Ayson’s paint jumper four seconds before the buzzer. The game went into overtime.
In the extra period, JSU briefly held a lead at 75-74 after Elsie Harris scored a basket on a fast break, drew a foul, and converted the free throw. However, UAB regained control with two free throws by Denim DeShields, securing the victory.
Elsie Harris emerged as a standout performer for JSU, contributing 23 points off the bench, along with eight rebounds and three assists.
Despite the loss, JSU head coach Rick Pietri acknowledged the team’s competitive spirit and highlighted missed opportunities at the end of regulation. Pietri expressed optimism, stating, “The encouraging thing is that while they were steamrolling us on the offensive end (in the second half), we were at least competing and making plays to balance it out on our offensive end.”
Other notable performances for JSU included:
– Krystol Ayson: 15 points and five rebounds in 32 minutes.
– Brooklyn McDaniel (Cleburne County graduate): 13 points and three rebounds.
– Asia Barclay (Anniston High graduate): Five points and a team-high nine rebounds.
For UAB, Mia Moore led with an impressive 27 points and 14 rebounds, while Denim DeShields contributed 24 points and four steals.
Coach Pietri praised Elsie Harris’ crucial contributions to the game, acknowledging her significant role in keeping JSU competitive. Looking ahead to the next matchup against Alabama State, Pietri acknowledged the challenges of playing in their home environment, emphasizing the need for the team to counteract the high level of energy.
JSU (2-4) will continue their road journey with upcoming games against Alabama State on Thursday, Samford on Sunday, and College of Charleston on December 11.
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