Spiders junior guard Kristina King (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton) scored a career-high 29 points, and junior guard Becca Wann (Chesterfield, Va./Cosby) came off the bench to contribute career highs of 21 points and 15 rebounds.
JMU was led by senior guard Tarik Hislop (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) with 22 points. Junior guard Kirby Burkholder (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) scored 14, and freshman guard Precious Hall (Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay) came off the bench for a career-high 11 points. The Dukes' top rebounder was sophomore forward/center Crystal Ross (Philadelphia, Pa./Smyrna, Del. H.S.) with 10, one below her career high.
Richmond scored 11 unanswered points, seven of them from King, to build an eight-point lead (23-15 at 6:42) in the first half. The Spiders led by as many as eight (38-30 at 17:28) in the second half, but the Dukes kept hanging on until a late 14-6 JMU scoring run gave the home team a 61-60 lead with 2:44 remaining.
Hislop and freshman guard Angela Mickens (Staunton, Va./Lee) scored all of JMU's 14 points during that stretch, with Hislop scoring eight and Mickens six. The scoring spurt began with a Mickens three-point play at 7:11.
But Richmond redshirt senior guard Rachael Bilney Mill Valley, Calif./The Branson School) knocked down a 3-pointer at 2:26 to give the Spiders the lead for good, 63-61.
JMU missed its next seven field-goal tries, and the Spiders began a series of trips to the foul line, where they converted seven of eight free throws in the final 57 seconds. King was four-for-four and freshman guard Lauren Tolson (Frederick, Md./Frederick) hit three of four tries. Meanwhile, the Dukes' only points came on two foul shots by Hislop with 17.6 seconds left and a 3-pointer by Hall with 5.1 seconds to play.
* Richmond has won its last three meetings with JMU (2008-09, 2011-12, 2012-13).
* JMU senior forward Nikki Newman (Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby) blocked two shots, increasing her career total to 120 and moving into second place on JMU's career list. Newman also had seven rebounds and moved into 15th place on that career list with 665.
* JMU's Tarik Hislop's 22 points gave her 1,390 for her career, moving her into 10th place on JMU's career list.