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JMU roundup: Dukes top George Mason

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The James Madison University women's basketball team posted its fourth straight victory as the Dukes won easily, 71-55, at George Mason in Colonial Athletic Association play Thursday night at the Patriot Center.

The Dukes (11-7, 5-1) won for the eighth time in their last nine games. The Patriots (6-11, 1-5) lost for the sixth time in their last seven contests.

Four Dukes scored in double figures, with freshman guard Precious Hall and junior guard Kirby Burkholder each contributing 20. It was a career scoring high for Hall, who also had a career-high seven steals. Burkholder led JMU with seven rebounds, and Hall finished with six rebounds.

Senior guard Tarik Hislop scored 11 points and handed out a team-high six assists, and redshirt senior forward Kanita Shepherd was 5-for-7 from the field, scoring a season-high 10 points.

The Patriots were led by Rahneeka Saunders, who had team highs of 14 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

JMU was down 19-15 with 4:47 left in the first half. The Dukes, however, put the game away by outscoring Mason 37-9 over the final 3:48 of the first half and the opening 6:03 of the second half. That gave JMU its largest lead of the night, 52-28, with 13:57 to play. In that span of 9:51 JMU went 13-for-15 from the field, including 6-for-6 from 3-point range.


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