Nikki Newman had seven points, nine rebounds, four blocks, five steals and three assists.Courtesy: Cathy Kushner/JMU Athletics Communications
Women's Basketball Loses 67-50 to Drexel in CAA Semis
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From CAA Reports
UPPER MARLBORO, Md., March 10, 2012 - Senior guard Kamile Nacickaite posted a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds as third-seeded Drexel upset second-seeded James Madison 67-50, in Saturday afternoon's second semifinal of the 2012 Virginia 529 Colonial Athletic Association Women's Basketball Championship.
It marks only the second time since 2005 that the Dukes have not advanced to the championship game.
Junior guard Hollie Mershon added 15 points and senior forward Tyler Hale had 12 points for the Dragons (18-12), who advanced to its first CAA title game since winning the crown in 2009. Drexel will face top-seeded Delaware in Sunday's championship game at 12:30 p.m.
JMU (24-7) was led by junior forward Nikki Newman, who finished with seven points, nine rebounds, five steals, four blocked shots and three steals. Junior guard Tarik Hislop scored a team-high 14 points and sophomore guard Kirby Burkholder added 11 points and eight rebounds.
Drexel used an 8-1 scoring run to break open a 14-14 tie in the latter stages of the first half. Junior forward Taylor Wootton and sophomore guard Fiona Flanagan teamed up for Drexel to score the eight points, capped off by a Flanagan three-pointer to make the score 22-15 with 3:44 remaining in the first half. The Dragons entered intermission with a 30-22 advantage.
The Dragons came out smoking hot in the second half, using an 11-3 run to extend the lead to 41-25 with 15:18 left in the game. Nacickaite and Mershon scored seven points in the spurt. Drexel's shutout defense held JMU without a field goal for more than nine minutes in the second half and was a perfect 18-for-18 from the free throw line, icing away the game in the final minutes. That mark tied George Mason's CAA championship record, which was set in Thursday's quarterfinals.
Drexel shot 42.1% (22-51) from the floor and turned 14 JMU turnovers into 20 points. The Dragons also held a 39-31 rebounding advantage.
The Dukes shot just 33.3% (20-60) from the field and hit only 3-16 from three-point range.