The Jacksonville State Women’s Basketball team fell 55-45 to Belmont in the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Tournament on Thursday.
The Gamecocks finish with a 19-10 overall record and 9-6 in the Ohio Valley Conference. They finished 10-3 at home.
Destany McLin led the Gamecocks in scoring with 18 points followed by Candace Morton’s 13.
JSU shot 33 percent from the field and was 1-of-12 from three-point range. Belmont, on the other hand, shot 43 percent from the field and 46 percent from the three-point line. Belmont also shot 81 percent from the free-throw line, while JSU only had one free-throw attempt.
The Gamecocks jumped on the scoreboard first with a jumper by McLin for two points. Belmont responded with a three-pointer to take the lead and kept the lead for the remainder of the half.
Belmont would go on a 13-4 run to go up 16-6 at the 12 minute mark. However, the Gamecocks found themselves down by only four when Miranda Cantrell hit a two-point jumper to make the score 20-16. Belmont ended the half with a three-pointer to take the 23-16 lead in the half.
The second half was back-and-forth in scoring when Destiny James hit a three to bring the Gamecocks within three with 12:18 left to play in the second half.
JSU took the lead with 5:12 left in the game when Morton hit a three to finally put the Gamecocks back in the lead with a 41-40 score. Belmont bounced back with a three, while another JSU two-pointer tied the game at 43 with four minutes left.
Belmont would then take control when they went on a 6-0 run to go up 49-43 with 2:04 left to play in the game. James ended the run with a two-pointer, but that would be the last points the Gamecocks scored as Belmont held on to win and advanced to the next round.
Despite the first round loss, this Jacksonville State Gamecocks’ season was still one of the women’s best as they recorded 19 wins for the first time in the school history.