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JMU roundup: Hall sparks Dukes to victory

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HARRISONBURG -- Behind a career-high 23 points from freshman guard Precious Hall, the James Madison University women's basketball team posted a 77-61 win over Old Dominion in Colonial Athletic Association play Thursday night at the JMU Convocation Center.

The Dukes upped their overall record to 19-9 and their CAA record to 13-3. ODU, which entered the game riding a three-game winning streak, has a 19-10 overall record and a 10-6 CAA record.

With two games remaining, JMU remains tied with Drexel for second place in the league standings while Delaware (16-0) clinched first place and the top seed in the upcoming CAA Tournament with a win at Hofstra Thursday night.

JMU will be seeded second or third in the tournament, depending on the outcome of its home March 3 game vs. George Mason and its March 6 game at Drexel. Drexel plays at Delaware on March 3 before closing its season against the Dukes.

Hall was joined in double figures Thursday by senior guard Tarik Hislop with 18 points and redshirt freshman guard Jazmon Gwathmey, who turned in her first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. The game's top rebounder, however, was junior guard Kirby Burkholder with 13.

ODU was led by senior guard Jackie Cook with 13 points and sophomore forward Shae Kelley with 10.

In the opening half JMU led by as many as seven, 24-17 at 6:13, but ODU scored the game's next six points. That was the start of a 9-2 scoring run to ended with a 3-pointer by Cook that tied the game at 26 with 4:11 to play. The game was tied twice more before Hislop hit a short jumper with 4.7 seconds left to send JMU into halftime up 32-30.

The Dukes, however, opened the second period by outscoring the Monarchs 18-5 to build a 50-35 advantage with 13:58 on the clock. Hall scored seven points and Gwathmey tallied six during that stretch.

But ODU scored the game's next nine points, including seven points following JMU turnovers, to get within six, 50-44, with 11:24 remaining. Redshirt senior forward Mairi Buchan scored five of those points and Cook had the other four.

JMU responded with a 15-0 run in which sophomore forward/center Crystal Ross scored seven points. That gave the Dukes a 21-point (65-44) advantage with 7:42 to play, and ODU got no closer than 16 the rest of the way.

ODU shot slightly better than JMU, 45 percent (19-42) to 43 percent (29-67), but JMU had 25 more shots and out-rebounded the Monarchs 46-25, including 24-6 on the offensive boards.

FAIRFAX - Junior Kelsey Holmgaard became the first James Madison University swimmer to win the gold in the 200-yard individual medley since 1997 to highlight the action for JMU on day two of the Colonial Athletic Association swimming and diving Championships at the Jim McKay Natatorium in Fairfax on Thursday.

The Dukes fell one spot in the team standings into second place, trailing Towson by 5.5 points. Towson leads the eight-team field with 275 points, followed by JMU with 269.5. William & Mary is in third (191.5 points) with UNCW (151) in fourth, Delaware (115) in fifth, Northeastern (105) in sixth, Drexel (88) in seventh and George Mason (62) in eighth.

Holmgaard broke her own school record in the 200 IM, by becoming the first Madison swimmer to break the two minute mark in the event. She timed a 1:59.29 to earn 20 points for the Dukes. She is the fourth JMU swimmer all-time to win the 200-yard IM and the first since Beth Ellie in 1997.

Four other swimmers recorded points for JMU in the event led by junior Shannon Dubay who reached the podium in third. She recorded a new career-best time and the second-best time in school history at 2:01.67. Sophomore Sin Hye Won came in fifth (2:03.55), freshman Jackie Crawford claimed eighth (2:04.72) and junior Mary Gargula placed 14th (2:05.19).

Three swimmers recorded points for the Dukes in the 500-yard freestyle. Junior Morgan Johnson was the only Madison player to swim in the finals, finishing sixth with a time of 4:52.34. Sophomore Aimee Hooper turned in the second-best time in school history in the event, touching the wall at 4:52.04 in the consolation finals to finish ninth overall. Senior Anna Susko came in 12th. She had a career-best time of 4:54.78, good for fifth-best in Madison history.

The day's third individual event was the 50-yard freestyle where sophomore Susanne Gingher led the way with a fourth-place showing. Her time of 23.12 was the third-best time in school history. The only other person to record points for the Dukes was freshman Carli Molano in 12th. She timed a 23.81 in the prelims for the 10th-best time in JMU history. She tied for 12th to record 4.5 points for the Dukes.

The only relay contested on the day was the 200-yard freestyle relay where the Madison team of Gingher, Holmgaard and seniors Caroline Burns and Andrea Criscuolo finished third. The quartet timed the third-best time in JMU history at 1:32.52.

Day three of the CAA Championships gets underway from McKay Natatorium with preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m. Championships will be contested in the 400-yard IM, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, 1-meter diving, and the 400-yard medley relay.


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