WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 13, 2011 - The James Madison women's basketball team defeated American 68-64 in double overtime Sunday afternoon at Bender Arena, giving 10th-year Head Coach Kenny Brooks his 200th career victory.
The Dukes upped their record to 2-0 with their second straight road win. American, the preseason favorite to win the Patriot League, has a 1-1 record.
Junior guard Tarik Hislop (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) notched a career-high 22 points, including the game's final five points to seal the win. She scored seven of the Dukes' 14 overtime points, hitting 2-for-3 from the floor and 3-for-4 from the foul line.
Sophomore guard Kirby Burkholder (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) notched her first career double-double with career-highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds as JMU got its second road win of the season. Burkholder drained a career-high five three-point field goals.
Redshirt junior guard Jasmine Gill (Greensboro, N.C./Page) also scored in double figures with 10 points, and redshirt senior forward Lauren Whitehurst (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) finished with nine points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
American was led by Lisa Strack with 13 points and eight rebounds and Stephanie Anya with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
"To have 200 wins under your belt, it means a lot," said coach Brooks. "It really speaks volumes about the kind of athletes you have and that have come through your program. It's taken a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to this point, but the team played hard all game to get this win."
"Twenty-two points, coach's 200th, that's all nice to have, but more importantly we got the win," said Hislop. "We feel like we have a lot to prove. There are a lot of people out there who doubt us and only look at what we've lost from last year. So every time we play we feel like we need to go out and show people that we can win. It was good to do that this trip," she said.
In a game that had 12 ties and 15 lead changes, the Dukes led by as many as nine (23-14 at 4:59) in the opening half but held just a 25-23 lead at intermission.
American opened the second period with a three-pointer by Ti'Asia McGeorge to regain the lead, and with 12:59 left the Eagles had built an eight-point (40-32) advantage.
The Dukes responded by outscoring AU 17-8 in just under eight minutes, with Burkholder leading the way during that stretch with eight points, including two threes. Her trey at 4:41 gave JMU its first lead of the half, 49-48.
The lead changed hands four times and there were two ties in the final 4:17 of regulation. With the game tied 53-53 after a Hislop jumper with 1:29 left, AU turned the ball over. On JMU's possession Burkholder missed a three and Hislop missed a layup, but Whitehurst rebounded both shots. Whitehurst was then fouled and made the second of two free throws to put JMU ahead 54-53 with 25 seconds remaining.
McGeorge missed a three but Anya was fouled and hit the second of two foul shots with eight seconds to go, tying the game and forcing overtime tied at 54.
The teams were tied at 60 after the first overtime but the Dukes outscored AU 8-4 in the second OT. A jumper by Hislop with 2:56 left gave JMU the lead for good, 65-64. Over the next 2:26 AU missed two layups and two foul shots while JMU was 0-for-4 from the floor.
AU's Sarah Kiely rebounded a JMU miss with 36 seconds left, but Dukes' junior guard/forward Nikki Newman (Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby) made a steal to give the Dukes the ball with 30 seconds to go. Hislop was fouled and converted both foul shots for a 67-64 JMU lead with 21 seconds on the clock, and after Strack missed a 3-pointer the Dukes gained possession of the rebound. Hislop scored the game's final point on a free throw with four seconds to play.
JMU out-rebounded AU 54-38.
The Dukes now head back to Harrisonburg where they will play their home-opener Thursday, Nov. 17, against Maryland-Eastern Shore at 7 p.m.