Women's Basketball Eases by Murray State 71-51
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HARRISONBURG, Va., Nov. 15, 2012 -- James Madison (1-2) pulled away from Murray State (0-3) midway through the
first half and went on to post a 71-51 win in women's basketball Thursday
evening at the JMU Convocation Center.
Senior guard Tarik Hislop (Silver
Spring, Md./Paint Branch) led JMU with 17 points, and redshirt senior guard Jasmine Gill (Greensboro, N.C./Page)
added 11 points. Sophomore
forward/center Crystal Ross
(Philadelphia, Pa./Smyrna, Del. H.S.) grabbed a game-high and career-high 11
rebounds, and junior guard Kirby
Burkholder (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) finished with nine rebounds.
Murray State was led by senior guard Mariah
Robinson (Beaver Dam, Ky./Ohio County) with 14 points and senior forward Kyra Watson (Aurora, Ill./Logan) with
13 points and a team-high six rebounds.
The Dukes broke open a close game with a 14-2 scoring run that brought JMU from
an 8-7 deficit to a 21-10 lead with 11:37 left in the opening half. Ross scored six of her career-high eight
points and Hislop added four points during the stretch.
JMU extended its lead to 23 points, 44-21, at halftime, and led by 20-plus
points the rest of the game.
The Dukes shot 43 percent (29-68) from the floor to only 27 percent (15-55) for
Murray State, and JMU outrebounded the Racers 48-40.
* Senior forward Nikki
Newman (Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby)tied her career high with three
3-pointers, all in the first half.
* Tarik Hislop moved from 17th into a tie for 14th place on JMU's career
scoring list. With 1,294 points, she's
tied with Vicki Harris (1987-91).
* Crystal Ross eclipsed her previous career rebounding high of five with a
game-high 11 rebounds. Her eight points
tied her single-game high, set at home vs. Georgia State, 1/26/12.
JMU Coach Kenny Brooks:
"The first two games [losses to Virginia and Quinnipiac] were not
indicative of the way we were capable of playing. We're still trying to figure things out. Today was a step in the right direction. We got contributions from a lot of