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Nikki Newman's 3-pointer with 6.6 seconds left forced overtime.Courtesy: Photography/JMU Athletics Communications
Women's Basketball Beats Wake 84-76 in OT in WNIT
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:03/18/2012

HARRISONBURG, Va., March 18, 2012 -- James Madison outscored Wake Forest 14-6 in overtime to post an 84-76 come-from-behind win in National Women's Invitation Tournament second-round basketball action Sunday afternoon at the JMU Convocation Center.

JMU advances to a round of 16 against South Florida, to be played Friday, March 23, at the JMU Convocation Center (7 p.m.)

JMU improved to 26-7 while Wake Forest finished its season with a 20-14 record.

Wake led by as many as 17 points in the opening half, and it took a 3-pointer by JMU junior forward Nikki Newman (Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby) with 6.6 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 70 and force overtime.

Freshman forward Toia Giggetts (Norfolk, Va./Lake Taylor) scored six of JMU's 14 overtime points when she personally outscored Wake 6-2 in a span of 1:01.  Her 16-foot jumper with 1:38 to play put the Dukes up 78-76, and following a Wake Forest turnover she drove for a layup at 1:09 for an 80-76 JMU lead.  Wake missed three field-goal tries in the final 32 seconds, while junior guard Tarik Hislop (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) and sophomore guard Kirby Burkholder (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) each converted two foul shots to ice the game.

Burkholder scored a career-high 26 points and was 10-for-10 at the foul line.  She hit four 3-pointers and twice was fouled on 3-point attempts and converted all six of those free throws.  Redshirt senior forward Lauren Whitehurst (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) added 17 points, and Hislop scored 13.  Giggetts hit 3-of-4 from the field and 5-of-8 from the foul line for 11 points.

Newman led JMU in rebounds with nine and Whitehurst had eight.

Wake junior center Sandra Garcia (Miami, Fla./Plantation American Heritage) came off the bench to lead the Demon Deacons with 19 points, and senior forward Secily Ray (Thomasville, N.C./Thomasville) added 17 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.  Junior guard Lakevia Boykin (Raleigh, N.C./Southeast Raleigh) scored 10 points.

Game Notes:
First Half

* Wake Forest hit seven straight field goals and led 16-4 at 15:30 before JMU scored its first field goal.
* Eight of those 16 points were scored after JMU turnovers.
* Wake led by as many as 17 on two occasions, the last time 32-15 at 7:36.
* In the final 7:21 Wake was 0-for 10 from the field, committed four turnovers and scored its only two points from the foul line.
* In that span of 7:21 JMU was 6-for-10 from the field, outscored Wake 12-2 and trailed 34-29 at intermission.

Second Half
* JMU outscored Wake 13-8 in the first 3:31 to tie the game at 42 after Kirby Burkholder knocked down a 3-pointer at 17:08 and scored on a layup at 16:29.
* There were 10 lead changes and seven ties in the final 16:29.

And More
* The comeback from 17 points down was the biggest for the Dukes in 10 seasons under coach Kenny Brooks.  It marked the 12th time in Brooks' career and the fourth time this season that JMU had trailed by 10 points or more and won.  Four times in Brooks' career his teams have been behind by 16 points and won.

Tickets for the WNIT Third Round game at the Convocation Center on Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m., against South Florida can be purchased online immediately.

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