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Sophomore Crystal Ross Courtesy: Photography/JMU Athletics Communications
Women's Basketball Dominates Alcorn State 87-42 at Home
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:11/24/2013

HARRISONBURG, Va., Nov. 24, 2013 – The James Madison women’s basketball squad dominated Alcorn State in an 87-42 win at the JMU Convocation Center on Sunday afternoon, moving to 4-0 on the season.  The Braves dropped to 1-4 overall this year. This is the fourth time in the last seven years the Dukes have started the season 4-0.

Overall, JMU shot 56.5 percent from the field including 43.8 percent from 3-point range.  Sophomore guard Precious Hall (Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay School) led five Dukes in double-figure scoring with 17 points while sophomore forward Destiny Jones (Miramar, Fla./Archbishop McCarthy) tied her career-high with 12 points.  Junior center Crystal Ross (Philadelphia, Pa./Smyrna (Del.)) finished one point shy of tying her career-high with 12 points. 

Senior guard Kirby Burkholder (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) scored in double digits for the eighth straight game (11 pts).  Junior forward Toia Giggetts (Norfolk, Va./Lake Taylor) dropped in 11 points and snagged a game-high eight rebounds. 

Alcorn State shot 26.7 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc.  The Braves were led by Tierro Frost with a game-high 23 points.  Angelic Wilson-Reid was second on the team with nine points.

The Dukes outscored the Braves 52-10 in the paint and 19-3 on second-chance shots.  Madison also converted Alcorn State’s 29 turnovers into 36 points while only allowing seven points to come from its 11 turnovers.

JMU opened the game on a 31-7 run, including a 16-0 run over a 6:39 span to increase the lead from 15-7 to 31-7.  The Dukes held a 54-16 lead heading into halftime with the Braves shooting just 15.4 percent from the field and 11.1 percent from 3-point range.

Madison next travels to Naples, Fla., for the three-day Gulf Coast Showcase.  The Dukes open with UCLA on Friday, Nov. 29, at 8:30 p.m.


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