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Ospreys down the Tigers in a team effort


Video by Ronnie Rodgers

After finishing finals week, North Florida passed the Edward Waters College Tigers 70-50, coasting to a win on Saturday at UNF Arena.

Every Osprey that saw minutes on the court had at least four points and two rebounds.

“Going in we knew that we’d have to battle and compete, and the young ladies did a really good job doing that,” said Head coach Darrick Gibbs.

The Tigers (10-5) jumped out to an early 4-0 lead over the Ospreys (6-4). After regrouping, UNF did not let up and they lead by as much as 20 points enroute to their win.  

The Ospreys did not let EWC score more than 14 points in a quarter.

This win was definitely a team effort. Both Tesh Hanson and Simone Brown had double figures in scoring.

Hanson scored a game-high 13 points in addition to a game-high nine rebounds. She spoke on her breakout season.

“I didn’t really know what to expect [coming into the season], because it has been so long [since I played], but it’s positive,” said Hanson.

Brown had 10 points, snatched five rebounds and assisted four buckets.

Sierra Shepherd, Karrah Johnson, and Maiya Rumph all had nine points each.

Rumph had a great all-around game. She had five rebounds in addition to a team-high three steals. The junior played so well that you wouldn’t have known that she’d been suffering from a fever and missed practice prior to the game.

“Her consistency with her energy and effort is something that is really a staple on this team,”said Gibbs.    

The Ospreys’ bench played a big role in the win. North Florida’s bench combined for 25 points on the game.

“We had good balance, it was good to see our freshmen play well,” said Gibbs.

Forward Kristen Clement had a great game in her own regard. The freshman scored eight points and had six rebounds.

Freshman guard Adrienne Jackson made her Osprey debut. Jackson scored four points and grabbed six rebounds during her first game.

They Ospreys remain undefeated against the Tigers with an 11-0 lead during the squads meetings.

Next UNF will face Morehead State on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the UNF Arena during Faith Night.  


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