North Florida falls to Owls for sixth straight loss

Al Huffman

UNF women's basketball head coach Darrick Gibbs is 4-13 in his first season with the Ospreys. Photo by Al Huffman
UNF women’s basketball head coach Darrick Gibbs is 4-13 in his first season with the Ospreys. Photo by Al Huffman

The North Florida women’s basketball team (4-13 overall, 0-2 A-Sun) lost 70-55 to Kennesaw State (7-10 overall, 2-0 ASun) at the UNF Arena on Jan. 16.

After opening conference play on a very flat note, the Ospreys hoped to make a comeback against Atlantic Sun foe Kennesaw State. Unfortunately for the Ospreys they fell behind early 24 to 6 in the first quarter.

UNF opened up the game very cold on the shooting end. Their usual top scorers, sophomore guard Sierra Shepard and junior guard Claire Ioannidis, combined for 1-8 shooting in the opening quarter.

The Ospreys managed a better second quarter. However, outscoring the Owls 18-16 didn’t do much for the point difference and brought the game to a 40-24 potential blowout by halftime. UNF women’s head coach Darrick Gibbs sees improvement in his team.

“It’s part of the process,” Gibbs said. “It shows us getting better. We emphasize a lot with not allowing them beat us in the paint and kicking it out and we did a decent job of doing that. It’s something we’ve been stressing.”

Opening the second half was more of the same story. The Owls only managed to outscore North Florida 18-16 in the third quarter. However the Owls could afford to coast with their 18 point lead and they rode it to the end to give the Ospreys their sixth straight loss 70-55.

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