Women's Basketball Tops American 65-49
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HARRISONBURG, Va., Dec. 21, 2012 -- The James Madison women's basketball team (4-6) took an early lead
and pulled away to a 65-49 win over American
(5-5) Friday evening at the JMU Convocation Center.
The Dukes got their first win after dropping three straight contests, while American
saw its winning streak end at three games.
Freshman guard Precious Hall
(Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay), in her first game as a starter, scored a
career-high 16 points. She shared game
scoring honors with senior guard Tarik
Hislop (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch).
Junior guard Kirby Burkholder
(Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) finished with her second double-double of the
season with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
American was led sophomore forward Arron
Zimmerman (Wayside, N.J./Saint John Vianney), who scored a career-high 13 points on
5-for-5 shooting, including 3-for-3 from 3-point range. Freshman forward Michelle Holmes (Toledo, Ohio/Notre Dame Academy) added a season-high 10 points,
and senior center Stephanie Anya (Germantown, Md./Holy Cross) was AU's
leading rebounder with 10 and had a game-high five blocked shots.
The Dukes used an 11-2 run to pull out to a 24-13 lead with 8:32 left in the
opening half. Redshirt freshman guard Jazmon Gwathmey (Bealeton, Va./Liberty)
scored the first and last basket of the stretch.
The Eagles, however, ran off 10 unanswered points, the first eight by
Zimmerman, to close the margin to one, 24-23, with 4:32 left.
JMU scored the final five points of the half on a 3-pointer by Hall and a
jumper by Hislop, and the Dukes opened the second half by outscoring AU
8-1. Hislop scored on a 15-foot jumper
and Hall and Burkholder each knocked down 3's to put JMU up 37-24 at 18:09.
AU got no closer than 11 (37-26 at 17:13) and JMU extended its lead to as many
as 19 on four occasions.
JMU held a 53-34 rebounding advantage.