Ospreys fly past Royals in home opener

Zach Yearwood, Sports Reporter

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The UNF Women’s Basketball team breezed past the Warner Royals in their home opener for a 110-46 win. 

The Ospreys appeared unstoppable in the first quarter, taking a commanding 29-8 lead. The team’s defense made a statement. On top of allowing only eight points on 25 percent shooting, they forced the Royals to commit seven turnovers in the quarter.

Adrienne Jackson led the team with 12 points and five rebounds. 

North Florida’s dominance continued in the second quarter, featuring a run of 23 unanswered points. The Ospreys forced another 12 turnovers and went into the halftime break, leading 59-20. Rhetta Moore dropped ten points in the quarter and also swiped two steals.

UNF Women’s Basketball Head Coach Darrick Gibbs spoke about the team’s defensive effort in Sunday’s game. 

“We talk about dictating and disrupting all the time. Taking people out of what they want to do, getting into passing lane leads to easy points for us,” he said.

The second half produced a similar result to the first. The Ospreys outscored the Royals 51-26 throughout the half. UNF also held Warner to 9-30 (.300) shooting in the half, while shooting a solid 19-42 (.452).

For Jackson, this was the first home game of her final season, recording 16 points and 12 rebounds, a double-double. The senior distributed the ball well by racking up five assists.

“Honestly, I feel great. Personally, I wanted to get everyone involved,” Jackson said about her solid game passing the ball.

With the win, North Florida moves to 1-1 on the season. The Ospreys will travel down to Miami to take on the Hurricanes on Thursday, November 13.

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