HEMPSTEAD, N.Y., Jan. 19, 2012 -- Three James Madison players scored 20 or more points as the Dukes downed league-leading Hofstra 81-68 Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball team Thursday night at Mack Sports Arena.
JMU improved to 13-4 overall and 4-2 in league play as the Dukes won for the sixth time in their last seven outings.
Hofstra, which saw its winning streak end at four games, has a 13-4 overall record and is 5-1 in CAA play.
Junior guard Tarik Hislop (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) led all players with a career-high 25 points, including 13 at the foul line, where she hit 13 of 15 attempts. Freshman forward Toia Giggetts (Norfolk, Va./Lake Taylor) turned in career-highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds; she was 7-for-10 from the floor and 7-for-9 at the foul line. Redshirt junior guard Jasmine Gill (Greensboro, N.C./Page) scored 21 points, 19 of which came in the second half.
JMU junior forward Nikki Newman (Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby) finished with a game- and career-high 16 rebounds, and sophomore guard Kirby Burkholder (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) matched her career-high with 12 rebounds.
The Dukes finished with a season-high 64 rebounds and out-rebounded Hofstra by 19.
* JMU scored eight straight points to start a 16-5 run that put the Dukes up by nine, 27-18, with 8:16 left
* Toia Giggetts scored 12 of the Dukes' 16 points and finished the half with a career-high 15 points (5-8 FGs, 5-7 FTs) and a career-tying and game-high of eight rebounds.
* JMU's Tarik Hislop scored 16 first-half points.
* The Dukes led 35-32 at halftime.
* Hofstra's Shante Evans scored on a put-back at 19:20 to cut the JMU lead to one, 35-34.
* With JMU still leading by only one (39-38 at 18:05), JMU scored six straight points (four by Gill, two by Hislop), to go ahead 45-38 at 16:31.
* Hofstra cut the lead to 45-41 at 15:52, but Gill and Newman hit the Dukes' first three-pointers of the night to start a 22-11 JMU run that put the Dukes up 67-52 with 8:07 to play. JMU finished off the run with 12 unanswered points, including three-pointers by Gill and Kirby Burkholder.
* Hofstra had its second-lowest scoring game and lowest-scoring home game of the season. (Lowest was 59 in a loss at Hartford on Dec. 7)