Women's Basketball Secures #2 CAA Tourney Seed with 62-53 Win at Drexel
March 6, 2013 -- James Madison led for the game's final 30 minutes and secured the
number two seed in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament with a 62-53
win at Drexel Wednesday evening at the
The Dukes completed regular-season play with a 21-9 overall record and a 15-3
CAA mark. Drexel is 20-9 overall and
13-5 in the CAA.
JMU sophomore forward Toia Giggetts
(Norfolk, Va./Lake Taylor) led the Dukes with a season-high 19 points in a game
in which she was 7-for-8 from the field and 5-for-7 from the foul line and
grabbed eight rebounds.
Dukes junior guard Kirby Burkholder
(Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) added 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for
her ninth double-double of the season and third in the last four games.
Senior guard Tarik Hislop (Silver
Spring, Md./Paint Branch) added 11 points as she scored in double figures for the
17th game in a row. Redshirt freshman
guard Jazmon Gwathmey (Bealeton,
Va./Liberty) finished the game with eight points, six rebounds and two blocked
Game scoring honors went to Drexel senior guard/forward Hollie Mershon (Malvern, Pa./Archbishop Carroll), who hit four
3-pointers en route to a 27-point performance. Senior forward Taylor Wootton (Rutherford, N.J./Rutherford) was the only other
Dragon in double figures with 12.
There were four ties and two lead changes in the early going, but the Dukes
broke an 18-18 tie (10:50) with a 14-4 scoring run. Five JMU players scored in the spurt, which
put JMU up 32-22 with 1:54 left in the half.
JMU held a 12-point (40-28) lead at the 15:51 mark of the second half, when the
Dragons scored six unanswered points to close the gap to 40-34 at 13:32.
That, however, was as close as Drexel would get. JMU outscored the Dragons 11-4 over the next
six minutes, with Burkholder scoring the first seven Dukes points and Hislop
tallying the last four. It was Hislop's
layup off a steal with 7:19 to play that put JMU up by 13, 51-38.
Drexel got as close as seven (60-53 with 27 seconds left) but no closer.
* After Wednesday's CAA games the tournament seeds are set:
March 14 First Round: #8 George Mason vs. #9 North Carolina
March 15 Quarterfinals: #1 Delaware vs. #8/9 winner
#2 JMU vs. #7 Towson
#3 Drexel vs. #6 William and Mary
#4 Northeastern vs. #5 Hofstra