WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Senior guard Jazmon Gwathmey scored a game-high 25 points with five rebounds and five assists as James Madison extended its winning streak to 14 straight games with a 77-41 victory over UNCW in a Colonial Athletic Association game at Trask Coliseum on Friday night.
The Dukes, who secured the CAA regular season title and top seed in the CAA Tournament, improved to 21-5 overall and 14-1 in league play. Meanwhile, the Seahawks dropped to 7-20 overall with a 3-13 mark in CAA games.
One of four JMU players to score in double figures, Gwathmey scored 17 of her 25 points in the first half as the Dukes surged out to a 35-25 lead at the intermission. She made 9 of 16 shots from the floor, including a 3-for-4 effort from beyond the arc, and converted all four of her free throw attempts.
Senior guard Angela Mickens and senior forward Destiny Jones each added 14 points while sophomore guard Hailee Barron came off the bench to contributed 12 points. Jones also posted a game-high 11 rebounds in the victory.
Senior guard Shatia Cole and sophomore guard Madison Raque each tallied 10 points to lead UNCW. Cole also added four rebounds while Raque contributed two rebounds with a steal and a blocked shot.
How It Happened: After battling to a 15-14 lead in the first quarter, the Dukes outscored UNCW by a 20-11 count in the second quarter for a 35-25 lead they did not relinquish. James Madison pulled away in the second half by outscoring the Seahawks, 42-16.
#SeahawkStats: James Madison has won 12 straight games over the Seahawks and has a commanding 58-9 advantage in the all-time series … UNCW dropped its fifth straight game, marking a season high … The Dukes outrebounded UNCW by a 55-28 margin, including a 25-6 edge on the offensive end … Cole scored in double figures for the 13th time in the last 15 games … Junior guard Jasmine Steele had a streak of nine consecutive games with 10 or more points snapped after being limited to six points … Sophomore center Rebekah Banks posted a career-high five blocked shots in addition to five rebounds … Raque reached the 10-point mark for the fourth time in the last seven games.
What’s Ahead for the Seahawks:
Sunday, Feb. 28 vs. Delaware • 2 p.m. • Trask Coliseum, Wilmington, N.C.
Wednesday, Mar. 2 at College of Charleston • 6:30 p.m. • TD Arena, Charleston, S.C.
Mar. 9-12 at CAA Championships • Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, Md.