Women's Basketball Wins Third Straight, 65-49 at Georgia State
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ATLANTA, Jan. 20, 2013 -- James Madison
survived a second-half Georgia State rally
as the visiting Dukes posted a 65-49 win in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball Sunday afternoon.
The Dukes (10-7, 4-1) won their third straight game and posted their
seventh victory in their last eight games. The Panthers (9-7, 1-4) lost
for the fifth time in their last six contests.
JMU senior guard Tarik Hislop (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) scored a game-high 20
points, freshman guard Precious Hall (Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay) tallied a career-high
18 and junior guard Kirby Burkholder (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) added 17. Hall
also topped her career high with a game-high eight rebounds, and Burkholder finished with seven rebounds.
JMU outscored Georgia State 27-12 in the final 9:39 to secure the win.
Hislop (10 points), Hall (7) and Burkholder (6) combined to score 23 of
the Dukes' final 25 points.
The Panthers, who had trailed by 10 points at the 14:53 mark, had closed the gap to one, 38-37, with 10:50 to play. GSU's Kayla Nolan
scored the final six points in an 11-2 Panther run that got Nolan's team within a point of the Dukes.
JMU scored six unanswered points to go up 44-37 at 8:41. Then, leading
49-45 with 5:57 remaining, the Dukes converted three consecutive
three-point plays to build a 58-45 lead with 3:36 to play. Hislop had
two of those, one at 5:25 and the second at 4:42,
and Burkholder had the third, at 3:36.
Georgia State got no closer than 13 the rest of the way.
The Panthers' top scoreres were Nolan with 13 and Cody Paulk with 12.
Turnovers and low shooting percentage characterized the opening half.
The teams combined for 25 turnovers (13 by JMU, 12 by GSU), and each
team shot only 24 percent (JMU 6-25, GSU 7-29) from the floor in the
first period. JMU, however, was a perfect 10-for-10
at the foul line, where Burkholder (6-6) and Hall (4-4) provided all of
the Dukes' points.
JMU took an 18-6 lead after outscoring the Panthers 14-2 over a span of
7:17. The Dukes finished off the run with 10 unanswered points to build
their largest lead of the half.
Georgia State responded by scoring the game's next seven points to close
within five, 18-13, with 3:16 left but got no closer. The Panthers
trailed 23-17 at intermission.
* JMU converted 20 of 21 free throw attempts and scored on its first 18
free throw tries. That gave the Dukes a string of 23 consecutive made
three throws (including the last five in a Jan. 17 win over William and
Mary), one short of the school record. The
record of 24 was set at East Carolina on Feb. 11, 2000.
* Kirby Burkholder passed the 700-point career mark. She now has 705 career points.