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Lauren Whitehurst led JMU in scoring (14) and rebounding (8).Courtesy: Cathy Kushner/JMU Athletics Communications
Women's Basketball Drops 60-43 Decision to Drexel
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:01/12/2012

HARRISONBURG, Va., Jan. 12, 2012 -- Junior guard/forward Hollie Mershon (Malvern, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) scored a career-high 27 points to pace Drexel to a 60-43 win over James Madison in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball Thursday night at the JMU Convocation Center.

The Dragons trailed 25-17 at halftime and outscored JMU 43-18 in the second half.

The loss ended a JMU's home winning streak at 17 games.  The Dukes, who had won their last four games, dropped to 11-4 overall and 2-1 in league play.

Drexel evened its overall record at 7-7 and improved to 3-1 in CAA play.

"It was a combination of Drexel playing phenomenal, and we played bad," said JMU Head Coach Kenny Brooks.  "They played better.  Even when game was out of reach they were still scrapping and clawing.  They deserved to win."

Game Notes:

First Half

* JMU's Lauren Whitehurst led all players with 12 points (6-9 FG); she scored all 10 of JMU's points from 17:09 to 10:48.
* There were 11 lead changes and one tie in the opening 13:43.
* Trailing 15-12 at 9:24, JMU scored 13 straight points to build a 25-15 lead with 1:27 left.  Nikki Newman scored the first basket and ended the run with a three-pointer.
* Drexel was 0-for-9 from the floor and committed four turnovers in the final nine minutes; the Dragons' only points in that span came on two free throws by Hollie Mershon with 26.3 seconds left.
* JMU led 25-17 at intermission.

Second Half
* Drexel opened the a half by outscoring JMU 24-10 over the first 11:30 to lead 41-35 with 8:30 to go.  Mershon scored 13 of those points including seven in a row (capped by a three-pointer) that gave Drexel its first lead of the half, 36-33 at 10:51.  The Dragons never trailed after that.

And More
* JMU had its lowest-scoring game since losing 61-43 at Virginia Commonwealth on Feb. 15, 2009.
* It was Drexel's first regular-season win at JMU.  The Dragons' other win at JMU came in the 2009 CAA championship game (64-58).

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