HARRISONBURG, Va., Feb. 21, 2013 -- James Madison stayed in second place in the Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball standings with a 79-45 win over Towson Thursday evening at the JMU Convocation Center.
JMU upped its overall record to 18-8 and its CAA record to 12-2. Towson dropped to 9-17 overall and 3-12 in league play.
Dukes redshirt freshman guard Jazmon Gwathmey (Bealeton, Va./Liberty) and senior guard Tarik Hislop (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) tied for game scoring honors with 17 points apiece. It was a career-high for Gwathmey, who was a perfect 8-for-8 from the field and also had nine rebounds.
JMU junior guard Kirby Burkholder (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) got her sixth double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and freshman guard Precious Hall (Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay) also scored 14.
Towson got 10 points each from junior guard Tanisha McTiller (Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park) and redshirt junior forward Nyree Williams (Ellicott City, Md./Howard). McTiller and freshman guard Alliyah Berger (Landover, Md./Archbishop Carroll) shared team rebounding honors with seven apiece.
With the score tied at 11 at 9:52, the Dukes scored nine unanswered points to start a 13-2 scoring run that put JMU ahead 24-13 with 2:17 remaining.
The Dukes led 26-16 at the half and held a double-digit lead for all except a brief period in the opening minute of the second period when Towson got within eight.
JMU shot 68 percent (21-31) in the second period and 49 percent (32-66) for the game. Towson connected on only 36 percent (18-50) from the field.
The Dukes won for the 15th time in their last 17 games, while Towson saw its winning streak end at two games.
* Tarik Hislop tied the JMU record with her 130th career game played. She shares the record with Courtney Hamner ('11).
* Kirby Burkholder hit four 3-pointers and increased her career total to 161. That moved her past Sarah Williams (158, '10) and into third place on JMU's career list. She's only 10 away from second place, shared by Allyson Keener ('02) and Holly Rilinger ('97) with 171.
* Jazmon Gwathmey's 8-for-8 shooting from the field was just short of the JMU and Convocation Center records. Vicki Harris was 9-for-9 at William and Mary (3/4/89) to set the school record, and George Mason's Nickie Hilton was 9-for-9 vs. JMU (2/26/92) to set the Convocation Center record.