UNCW Press Release
HARRISBONBURG, Virginia –Senior guard Tarik Hislop poured in a game-high 19 points to lead James Madison to a 74-43 victory over UNCW in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball action Thursday at the JMU Convocation Center.
The Dukes improved to 16-8 overall and 9-1 in CAA play as they won their eighth straight contest. The Seahawks, meanwhile, slipped to 2-19 and 1-9 as they suffered their eighth straight setback.
Hislop was one of three JMU players to reach double figures as freshman Precious Hall added 15 and junior Kirby Burkholder pitched in 10. Freshman Jazmon Gwathmey pulled down a game-high nine rebounds as the Dukes held a 41-31 advantage on the glass.
Freshman Dana Brown tallied nine points and senior Karneshia Garrett pitched in eight for UNCW, who was limited to just 32.8 percent (15-of-46) shooting for the game, including a 6-for-24 effort from the floor in the first half.
Trailing 10-6 early, a 3-pointer from Hislop at the 13:37 mark sparked a 16-2 spurt that lasted 5:37 and gave the Dukes a 22-12 advantage.
A pair of free throws by Garrett at the 6:46 mark ended the JMU run and started a 7-2 UNCW spurt that pulled the Seahawks within five, 24-19, only to see Hislop spark another JMU run as her 3-pointer with 4:49 on the first-half clock set in motion an 18-0 spurt that lasted more than eight minutes and put the Dukes in front, 42-19, with 16:35 remaining.
JMU would maintain a comfortable margin the rest of the way, taking advantage of a 22-5 later in the frame to build its largest lead of the evening, 70-35, with 2:22 on the clock. The Seahawks would tally eight of the final 12 points to determine the final 31-point margin.
JMU returns to action Sunday as it hosts No. 20 Delaware in a 2 p.m. start. UNCW's contest at Northeastern, scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m., has been postponed due to inclement weather expected in the Northeast this weekend. A makeup date has not yet been determined.