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Jasmine Gill scored 14 to lead a balanced scoring effort by the Dukes.Courtesy: JMUSports.com
Women's Basketball Wins 62-50 at Georgia State
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:01/08/2012
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ATLANTA, Jan. 8, 2012 -- James Madison won its fourth straight game Sunday afternoon as the Dukes beat Georgia State 62-50 in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball at the GSU Sports Arena.

The Dukes, who held an opponent to 50 or fewer points for the fourth game in a row, improved to 11-3 overall and 2-1 in league play.

Georgia State dropped to 6-8 overall and 0-3 in the CAA with its second straight loss.

JMU never trailed in the game and led by as many as 16, 28-12, with 5:08 left in the first half.  The Dukes were up 34-25 at intermission and extended their lead to as many as 20 on two occasions in the second half (the last time 60-40 at 5:22).

Three Dukes finished in double figures, led by 14 points by redshirt junior guard Jasmine Gill (Greensboro, N.C./Page).  Sophomore guard Kirby Burkholder (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) added 13 on 4-for-6 shooting from the field and 3-for-4 shooting at the foul line, and junior guard Tarik Hislop (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) added 12 points.

JMU redshirt senior forward Lauren Whitehurst (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, Gill had eight rebounds, and junior forward Nikki Newman (Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby) finished with seven rebounds.

Georgia State was led by Miranda Smith with 10 points.

Game Notes:

First Half

* JMU never trailed, and there was one tie (4-4 at 16:50)
* JMU outscored GSU 19-4 from 16:14 to 10:13 to lead by 15, 23-8
* The Dukes' largest lead was 16, 28-12 with 5:08 left
* GSU outscored JMU 13-6 in final 4:57 to cut the lead to nine, 34-25, at half... seven of those 13 points came at the foul line, where the Panthers hit 7-of-8
* GSU scored 11 of its last 17 points at the foul line
* GSU shot only 27 percent (7-26) from the field
Second Half
* The Dukes led by as many as 20 points on two occasions, the last time 60-40 with 5:22 left.



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