JMU roundup: Former Dukes making pro impact

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HARRISONBURG — Following the program’s 2012-13 Colonial Athletic Association championship, the four seniors integral to the achievement plus another recent graduate have each moved on to represent James Madison University among the professional basketball ranks with several seeing early success.

CAA Championship Most Outstanding Player A.J. Davis was drafted by the NBA Developmental League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce in the D-League Draft on Nov. 1. On Thursday, he was officially listed on the opening day roster for the Skyforce heading into Friday night’s season opener against the Reno Bighorns. Davis is one of three rookies listed among the 10 active players on the roster. He led JMU with 12.2 points per game last year, including 20.7 points in the Dukes’ three games in the CAA Championship.

On Nov. 7, Rayshawn Goins made his professional debut with Regatas Lima, a squad based in Peru’s capital city. JMU’s second-leading scorer with 12.1 points per game a year ago picked up where he left off with 28 points and nine rebounds in 22 minutes in his first official game. He broke through with 34 points and 14-for-18 shooting from the field as recently as Thursday, lifting his five-game average to 25 points and 10 rebounds.

Devon Moore is currently playing basketball in Hungary for BC Kormend. Through seven games in the Hungarian League, Moore has started each game and played an average of 30.4 minutes. In his most recent game on Nov. 16, Devon scored a season high 19 points, going a perfect 9-for-9 from the free-throw line, with five assists. On average, Moore has 11.1 points, 3.0 assists, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.0 steal per game. Moore also plays on Kormend’s EuroChallenge squad, which competes trans-nationally as organized by FIBA Europe. He posted a professional career-high of 21 points in a 103-99 win on Tuesday. Moore set JMU’s all-time assists record with 502 while also averaging 11.1 points as a senior.

Alioune Diouf is currently playing for Terres Froides Basket in France as the squad’s starting shooting guard. He averaged 4.9 points and 3.5 rebounds while starting 30 of the 35 games he played as a senior with the Dukes.

Recent JMU graduate James Millen, who never had the opportunity to suit up for the Dukes, made the final cut for the London Lightning basketball team of the National Basketball League of Canada in Ontario. Millen has averaged 13.8 minutes per game through six games with two starts. He is shooting 31 percent from the field, 33 percent from beyond the arc, and averages 1.5 rebounds per game. The London Lightning (3-3) have won the past two league championships under former NBA star Michael Ray Richardson.

CHARLESTON, S.C., Nov. 22, 2013 – Sophomore libero MacKenzie Kleespies had a team-high 10 digs and junior middle blocker Lizzy Briones had five kills and three blocks, but the James Madison volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Hofstra in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship quarterfinals, Friday.

Fifth-seeded Hofstra won by set scores of 25-10, 25-22, 25-17 to advance to the CAA Semifinals on Saturday. It faces top-seeded Charleston at 1 p.m. at the North Charleston Convention Center in Charleston, S.C. The fourth-seeded Dukes finish their season with a 13-15 record.

JMU was held to a .000 attack percentage as it finished with 21 kills and 21 errors in 108 attack attempts. Briones led the team with her five kills on .074 hitting while freshman right side hitter Janey Goodman had four kills, two digs and a block. Freshman middle blocker Hanna Radhi, sophomore outside hitter Meghan Niski and freshman outside hitter Kate Whitmire added three kills each for Madison.

Redshirt junior setter Kristi Richardson had 15 assists and five digs and defensive specialists junior Martha Stewart and sophomore Jaclyn Placha combined for 10 digs and two kills.

Hofstra was led by outside hitter Kelsie Wills with 15 kills and 12 digs for a double-double. Middle blocker Nuria Lopez-da Silva hit .700 for the match with 14 kills and no errors in 20 attack attempts to go with five blocks and a service ace. Kaitlyn Krause hit .500 for the Pride with five kills in 10 attempts, to go with 17 assists, nine digs and two blocks. Corrina Delgadillo led all players with 15 digs.

After being limited to a negative attack percentage in their meeting with JMU last Sunday, Hofstra hit .221 on the day. They out-blocked the Dukes six to three and had four service aces to Madison’s one.

The Dukes struggled to find their footing in set one, falling behind 6-3 early on. Briones then helped fuel a 3-0 Madison run with a kill and a block to even the score at 6-6, but HU responded by winning the next three points and 13 of the next 14 to build a 19-7 lead. A kill by Whitmire ended the 10-point surge, but Hofstra stayed hot by winning six of the final eight points.

JMU came out much stronger in set two, building a quick 6-1 lead. Madison built the lead to as many as six at 18-12, but HU responded to a timeout by ratting off a 9-2 run to build a 21-20 advantage. A timeout by the Dukes could not stall the momentum as the Pride went on to win four of the final five points.

Hofstra put the pressure of JMU early in set three by constructing a 11-6 lead early on. The Dukes were unable to overcome the early deficit, despite a couple of three-point runs, dropping the final set 25-17.

Swimming and diving
ATLANTA, Ga. – James Madison swimming and diving placed six individuals in the “A” finals and finished second in both relay events to complete a solid first day at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, Ga., Friday.

JMU sits in fourth place after six events with 219 points. Tennessee leads the nine-team field with 328 points followed by Florida Gulf Coast (326) in second and Georgia Tech (265) in third. Trailing Madison in fourth is Vanderbilt (165) in fifth, Miami (115) in sixth, Florida Atlantic (102) in seventh, Clemson (39) in eighth with the College of Charleston (2) rounding out the field.

The Dukes started the opening session by tying for second in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team of seniors Kelsey Holmgaard and Shannon Dubay, junior Susanne Gingher and sophomore Carli Molano timed the third-fastest time in school history by completing the sprint in 1:32.07 to claim 45 points.

JMU matched that result in the final swim of the Friday evening session by claiming second in the 400-yard medley. This time Gingher and Holmgaard teamed up with junior Sin Hye Won and sophomore Kacy Edsall timing the third-fastest time in school-history by touching the wall at 3:42.33.

Gingher fueled the Dukes in the individual events by placing third in the 50-yard freestyle. The junior turned in a career-best and the third-fastest time in school history by completing the swim in 23.09 seconds. Molano added 12 points to JMU’s score by placing ninth with a career-best time of 23.74. That is the 10th-best time in school history.

Junior Aimee Hooper continued to lead the Dukes in the distance events, claiming fourth in the 500-yard freestyle. She timed a 4:52.52, just missing her career-best to score 21 points.

The final individual swim of the opening day was the 200-yard individual medley where Holmgaard picked up 16 points with a ninth-place showing. She finished in a time of 2:10.25.

On the diving boards, Madison placed three players into the finals of the one-meter dive led by redshirt freshman Taryn McLaughlin. McLaughlin claimed fifth with a score of 272.55. Sophomore Carly Alexander placed seventh with a score of 247.70 while freshman Olivia Lehman 10th, accumulating 212.10 points.

Junior Alex Savage made her season debut in the event, totaling 193.10 points to place 17th.

The Georgia Tech Invitational resumes on Saturday with preliminaries during the day before a finals session in the evening.