JMU roundup: Dukes top Virginia in women’s basketball

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HARRISONBURG – Senior guard Kirby Burkholder scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds while leading the James Madison women’s basketball team to a 63-46 win over the University of Virginia at the JMU Convocation Center, Friday evening.

The Dukes improved to 8-3 in season openers under Head Coach Kenny Brooks, starting the season at 1-0. Virginia dropped to 0-1 with the loss, snapping the Cavaliers’ eight straight wins in season openers.

Burkholder’s 24 points came on 5-of-15 shooting including four three-pointers and 10 free throws. She became the 26th player in program history to surpass 1,000 career points with a free throw at the 6:46 mark of the first half. She finished the game with 1,019 career points. She also pulled down seven offensive rebounds and nine defensive boards, adding a block and a steal in 38 minutes played.

Virginia scored the first 10 points of the game, running out to a 10-0 lead by the 16:51 mark of the first half, but JMU responded by scoring 12 of the next 14 points to tie the game at 12-12. The Dukes took the lead for good with a pair of free throws by Burkholder at the 7:25 mark. They stretched the lead out to as many as 17 points and never let the Cavaliers get closer than six points the entire second half.

Joining Burkholder in double figures was sophomore guard Precious Hall with 12 points while junior forward Toia Giggetts added eight points and nine rebounds. Sophomore point guard Angela Mickens came off the bench to play 38 minutes, supplying six points, eight assists, two steals and two rebounds.

Virginia was led by guard Faith Randolph with 18 points, four rebounds and three assists. Guard Reshaun Gaffney supplied eight points off the bench while forward Sarah Imovbioh scored seven points and grabbed three rebounds.

The Dukes outscored the Cavaliers 26-8 in the paint, and the JMU bench contributed 20 points compared to Virginia’s 10.

JMU dominated the boards in the game, out-rebounding UVA 49-26, including 23 offensive rebounds. The Dukes held the Cavaliers to a 28.3 shooting percentage while shooting 33.9 percent themselves and had two blocks to UVA’s none. Both teams stole the ball nine times with JMu finishing with 19 turnovers to UVA’s 17.

Madison won for the eighth time in the series history against Virginia, including for the fourth time in the last six meetings. Virginia leads the all-time series 15-8.

Men’s basketball
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Virginia used a 17-1 first-half run to take command and received 13 points from Anthony Gill to lead a balanced scoring effort to defeat James Madison 61-41 on the opening night of the 2013-14 college basketball season on Friday night at John Paul Jones Arena.

JMU dropped its season opener to a Top 25 team for the fifth time in six seasons. UVA entered the season ranked 24th in the Associated Press Top 25 and 25th in the ESPN/USAToday Coaches Poll.

Holding a 13-10 lead nine minutes into the game, Virginia’s defense limited JMU to one point over a 12-minute stretch to take command with a 17-1 run. The Dukes missed 11 straight field goal attempts during the run as the Cavaliers built a 32-14 lead at the break and maintained a margin of at least 16 points for the remainder of the contest.

In his collegiate debut, freshman Tom Vodanovich connected on his first two shot attempts, both threes, and finished with a team-high 11 points to go with four rebounds and two assists.

Sophomore guards Ron Curry and Charles Cooke each posted nine points for JMU with Curry adding four boards, four assists and three steals. Graduate student Andrey Semenov tallied eight points, five rebounds and two steals.

Gill went 5-for-5 from the field to take team scoring honors with 13 points. Mike Tobey was also in double figures with 10 points.

Virginia shot 44 percent in the first half while limiting JMU to 20 percent to open up its 18-point margin at the break. The Cavaliers finished the night shooting 42 percent while JMU improved to 44 percent in the second period for an overall mark of 31 percent.

The Cavaliers controlled the paint with a 45-27 advantage on the glass, leading to margins of 10-0 on second-chance points and 38-14 on points in the paint. Both teams struggled from deep with UVA going 4-for-18 (22 percent) from the arc and JMU going 6-for-25 (24 percent).

JMU will be on the road next weekend with a three-game trip to the NIU Invitational in DeKalb, Ill. The Dukes open against host Northern Illinois on Friday at 9 p.m. EST. Competition continues with neutral games against Milwaukee on Saturday at 6:30 and San Jose State on Sunday at 2 p.m.


WILLIAMSBURG- Redshirt junior setter Kristi Richardson came off the bench to supply 42 assists, a career-high 23 digs, seven blocks and two kills to help lead the James Madison volleyball team to a 3-2, come-from-behind victory over William & Mary at Kaplan Arena, Friday evening.

JMU won by set scores of 13-15, 19-25, 25-15, 25-20, 15-10 to pick up its second win in its last three matches. It improved to 11-14 overall and 6-6 in the Colonial Athletic Association while clinching a spot in the upcoming CAA Championship. William & Mary had its four-match winning streak snapped, falling to 11-18 and 6-6 in the league.

Richardson was one of five Dukes with four or more Dukes, joining junior middle blocker Lizzy Briones and freshman Janey Goodman, Hanna Radhi and Kate Whitmire to help JMU tie its season high with 17.5 blocks. Briones led all players with seven rejections, followed by Radhi with six, Whitmire with five and Goodman with four. Briones added a team-best 16 kills on .378 hitting and nine digs while Whitmire contributed 11 kills and six digs.

Sophomore outside hitter Meghan Niski finished with a double-double with 10 kills and tied her career-high with 18 digs while sophomore libero MacKenzie Kleespies led all players with 24 digs.

The Tribe was paced by outside hitter Dessi Koleva with 18 kills on .239 hitting. She added 22 digs, two blocks, two assists and a service ace. Outside hitter Mallory Brickerd supplied 17 kills on.180 hitting while middle blocker Monika Stanciauskas had five kills, four blocks and four digs. Setter Gabrielle Pe had a double-double with 27 assists and 17 digs with libero Celine Alasomuka contributing a team-best 23 digs. Secondary setter Stephanie Paul had a double-double with 14 assists and 10 digs.

JMU outhit W&M .175 to .126 on the night and won the battle at the nets with 17.5 blocks to the Tribe’s six. The Dukes finished with over 100 digs for the first time since collecting 103 against Georgia State on Oct. 26, 2007, knocking up 103 of them to W&M’s 98. The Tribe picked up the only two service aces in the match.

JMU is now 5-2 in five-set matches, including a 2-0 mark against William & Mary.

William & Mary used a 3-0 run early in the decisive fifth set to grab a 7-4 lead and force Madison to use its first timeout. Following the strategy session, the Dukes embarked on a 6-2 run to regain the lead at 10-9. After a timeout by William & Mary, the Tribe tied the score at 10-10 on a kill by outside hitter Paulette Grand Pre before giving up a 5-0 run by the Dukes to close out the match. Goodman collected three of her 10 kills in the set, hitting .600 in the final stanza.

The Dukes return to the court next weekend as they close out the regular season with trips to Northeastern and Hofstra. The Dukes play at the Huskies at 7 p.m. on Nov. 15 before finishing the regular season on Sunday, Nov. 17 at the Pride.