Women's Basketball Rallies from 18 Down Before Falling 62-57 at Duquesne
PITTSBURGH, Dec. 16, 2012 -- Duquesne (9-1) held off James Madison (3-6) in the closing minutes and escaped with a 62-57 win Sunday afternoon at the Palumbo Center.
Duquesne led by as many as 18 points (34-16 at 0:23 of the 1st half), but had to withstand a furious JMU rally in the final minutes to pull out the win.
Duquesne, which is receiving votes in the Top 25, posted its eighth straight victory. JMU dropped its third straight game, a first for the program since the 2007-08 season.
JMU was down by double digits for most of the second half and trailed by 13, 60-47, after a jumper by Duquesne's Jocelyn Floyd with 3:14 left.
JMU scored the game's next 10 points in a span of 1:46 while Duquesne missed shots on four consecutive possessions and then turned the ball over while being pressured by JMU senior guard Tarik Hislop (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch).
The 10 points came from Hislop, who hit a 3-pointer and a foul shot, redshirt senior guard Jasmine Gill (Greensboro, N.C./Page), who was 4-for-4 at the foul line, and junior guard Kirby Burkholder (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby), who converted two free throws to close the margin to 60-57 with 44 seconds left.
After Duquesne's Wumi Agunbiade missed the front end of a 1+1 free throw with 25.2 seconds remaining, JMU got possession, but Hislop missed a contested 3-pointer with 15 seconds to go. With JMU forced to foul, April Robinson put the game away with two free throws with 8.8 on the clock.
Agunbiade led all players with 18 points and 15 rebounds and also had two assists, three blocked shots and a steal. She scored 10 of her points at the foul line, where she was 10-for-18. Robinson (14), Belma Nurkic (11) and Floyd (10) also scored in double figures.
JMU was led by Gill, who scored a season-high 16 points and hit a career-high 14 free throws. She was 14-for-16 at the foul line and grabbed six rebounds.
Burkholder added 15 points and team highs of eight rebounds and three steals, and Hislop finished with 13 points.
JMU senior forward Nikki Newman (Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby) played only seven minutes. She left the game at the 13:10 mark of the first half after taking a hard fall and apparently injuring her ankle.