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HARRISONBURG -- James Madison stayed in second place in the Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball standings with a 79-45 win over Towson on Thursday evening at the JMU Convocation Center.
JMU upped its overall record to 18-8 and its CAA record to 12-2. Towson dropped to 9-17 overall and 3-12 in league play.
Dukes redshirt freshman guard Jazmon Gwathmey and senior guard Tarik Hislop tied for game scoring honors with 17 points apiece. It was a career-high for Gwathmey, who was a perfect 8-for-8 from the field and also had nine rebounds.
JMU junior guard Kirby Burkholder got her sixth double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and freshman guard Precious Hall also scored 14.
Towson got 10 points each from junior guard Tanisha McTiller and redshirt junior forward Nyree Williams. McTiller and freshman guard Alliyah Berger shared team rebounding honors with seven apiece.
With the score tied at 11 at 9:52, the Dukes scored nine unanswered points to start a 13-2 scoring run that put JMU ahead 24-13 with 2:17 remaining.
The Dukes led 26-16 at the half and held a double-digit lead for all except a brief period in the opening minute of the second period when Towson got within eight.
JMU shot 68 percent (21-31) in the second period and 49 percent (32-66) for the game. Towson connected on only 36 percent (18-50) from the field.
The Dukes won for the 15th time in their last 17 games, while Towson saw its winning streak end at two games.
James Madison 11, California 5
HARRISONBURG -- James Madison outscored California 8-3 in the second half to pull away to an 11-5 win in the season-opening women's lacrosse game for both teams Thursday evening at University Park.
Redshirt senior Casey Ancarrow and sophomore Steph Finley each scored four goals for the Dukes, who never trailed in the match.
Ancarrow scored the game's first two goals and tallied the Dukes' first three scores. Her goal with 2:03 left in the first half sent JMU into halftime leading 3-2. Finley then scored twice in a 4-0 JMU scoring run to open the second period and give the Dukes an insurmountable 7-2 lead.
Cal got not closer than four goals (the last time 9-5 at 4:00) the rest of the way.
Ancarrow and senior Nicole Stiles controlled three draws to lead JMU in that category, and sophomore Lexi Cross finished with game highs of five ground balls and three caused turnovers. Finley and senior Amanda Mathews each had three ground balls.