Women's Basketball Pummels South Florida 72-45 in WNIT Round of 16
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Va., March 23, 2012 -- James Madison
held South Florida to 12 first-half
points and went on to beat the Bulls 72-45 in National Women's Invitation
Tournament round of 16 basketball action Friday night at the JMU Convocation
JMU now hosts Virginia Sunday, March 25, in a quarterfinal-round game at 2 p.m.
at the JMU Convocation Center.
The JMU Athletics Ticket Office will be open from 1 -5 p.m. on Saturday, March
24. The ticket office can be reached by
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The Dukes improved its record to 27-7, while South Florida ended its season at
JMU trailed only at the opening basket of the game and outscored USF 13-3 in
the final 5:39 of the first half to expand a two-point (11-9) lead to 24-12 at
USF opened the second half with an 8-3 run to cut the margin to seven, 27-20,
at 16:40. The Dukes responded by
outscoring the Bulls 12-5 in under three minutes to stretch the lead to 14,
39-25, at 13:22.
Freshman forward Toia Giggetts (Norfolk,
Va./Lake Taylor) scored four points and junior forward Nikki Newman (Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby) and sophomore guard Kirby Burkholder (Bridgewater, Va./Turner
Ashby) each hit 3-pointers during the run.
After that point, USF got no closer than 12 the rest of the game.
JMU junior guard Tarik Hislop (Silver
Spring, Md./Paint Branch) led all scorers with 17 points and was 7-for-8 at the
foul line. Burkholder scored 15 (8-10
FTs) and redshirt junior guard Jasmine
Gill (Greensboro, N.C./Page) added 11 points, nine of which came at the
foul line where she was 9-for 11.
Newman finished with nine points, all on three-pointers, and had nine rebounds.
Redshirt senior forward Lauren Whitehurst (Chesapeake, Va./Indian
River) was the game's leading rebounder with 11.
USF was led in scoring by junior guard Inga
Orekhova (Sevastapol, Ukraine) with 11 and senior guard Jasmine Wynne (Jacksonville, Fla./University
Christian) with 10.
USF hit only 21.7 percent (13-60) from the field, a JMU opponent-low this
In a game in which a combined 48 fouls were called, the teams combined to shoot
69 foul shots. JMU had season highs of
32 free throws and 43 free throw attempts.
The Dukes out-rebounded USF 62-33.