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JMU roundup: Dukes pick up OT win in Cancun

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Senior guard Tarik Hislop scored a career-high 32 points to lead the James Madison women's basketball team (2-2) to an 89-86 overtime win over Wisconsin-Green Bay (2-1) in the Cancun Challenge at Moon Palace Resort.

Hislop scored seven of JMU's 10 points in the overtime period, when she hit two jumpers and connected on three of four foul shots.

The loss was the first of the season for Green Bay, which is receiving votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today Top 25 polls and is ranked number one in the CollegeInsider.com mid-major poll. JMU is ranked number 20 in the mid-major poll.

The Dukes forced overtime after trailing by four points, 77-73, with 14.7 seconds left in regulation. JMU junior guard Kirby Burkholder was fouled on a 3-point try with 8.8 seconds remaining, and she converted all three foul shots to close the gap to 77-76.

After Green Bay took a 79-76 lead on two Adrian Ritchie free throws with 7.5 seconds to go, Hislop hit a 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left to tie the game at 79 and send the contest to an extra five minutes.

The lead changed hands five times in overtime, but it was a Burkholder 3-pointer with 24.7 seconds that gave the Dukes the lead for good at 87-86.

Green Bay's Stephanie Sension missed twice from close range on her team's next possession, and Hislop got the rebound on the second miss and was fouled. Her free throws with seven-tenths of a second remaining gave JMU the final 89-86 margin.

Four JMU players scored in double figures, including Burkholder, who added 16 points along with eight rebounds. Sophomore forward/center Crystal Ross scored a career-high 13 points and grabbed a team-leading nine rebounds. Redshirt freshman guard Jazmon Gwathmey had career highs of 13 points and six rebounds.

All five Green Bay starters scored in double figures, led by Ritchie with 26. Sension scored 19 and finished with a game-high 10 rebounds. Sarah Eichler scored 16, Megan Lukan added 13 and Lydia Bauer scored 10.

JMU shot a season-high 50 percent (33-66) from the field, and Green Bay shot 47 percent (31-66) from the floor. The Dukes held a 41-34 rebounding advantage.

The Dukes face Minnesota in the second round of the Cancun Challenge on Nov. 23 at 3:30 p.m. ET. The Gophers lost 58-46 to Richmond on Thursday.


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