HARRISONBURG, Va., Feb. 7, 2013 -- James Madison posted its eighth straight women's basketball win as the Dukes topped visiting North Carolina Wilmington 74-43 in Colonial Athletic Association action Thursday evening at the JMU Convocation Center.
JMU improved its overall record to 15-7 and its CAA mark to 9-1. The Dukes, who won for the 12th time in their
last 13 games, held on to second place in the league standings. JMU hosts #20/23-ranked and defending CAA
champion Delaware, which is in first place with a perfect 10-0 record, on
Sunday (Feb. 10).
UNCW dropped its eighth straight and fell to 2-19 overall and 1-9 in league
JMU senior guard Tarik Hislop
(Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) scored a game-high 19 points and in doing so
moved from sixth to fifth on the Dukes' career scoring list with 1,615
points. She's only two points away from
sole possession of fourth place.
Freshman guard Precious Hall
(Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay) scored 15 points and handed out a game-high four
assists, and junior guard Kirby
Burkholder (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) added 10 points.
Dukes redshirt freshman guard Jazmon
Gwathmey (Bealeton, Va./Liberty) led all players with nine rebounds, one
below her career high. Freshman forward Destiny Jones (Miramar, Fla./Archbishop
McCarthy) finished with eight points and six rebounds.
UNCW was led in scoring by freshman guard Dana
Brown (Willow Springs, N.C./Enloe) with nine. Senior forward Karneshia Garrett (Hoover, Ala./Hoover) scored eight points and had
a team-high six rebounds.
UNCW led for the first six minutes and was up 10-6 with 13:53 left in the
opening half. Redshirt junior guard Jessica Freeman (Charlotte, N.C./West
Charlotte) hit two 3-pointers to help the Seahawks get out to the early advantage.
But the Dukes ran off 13 straight points, with five players contributing, to
take a 17-10 lead with 11:17 on the clock.
JMU pushed its lead to 14 points, 33-19, at halftime, and the Seahawks
got no closer the rest of the way.
* Tarik Hislop (1,615 points)
passed Holly Rilinger (1,607, JMU '97) on the career scoring list. She moved from sixth to fifth place. Just ahead of Hislop is Lesley Dickinson
(1,616, JMU '07) with 1,616 points.
* Hislop tied the JMU record for career starts with 125. She shares the mark with Tamera Young ('08).
* Three-point ace Kirby Burkholder
was fouled shooting a 3-pointer and made all three of the ensuing free
throws. She's a perfect 18-18 from the
line when fouled shooting a 3.