JMU roundup: Dukes’ win streak snapped at 13

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — James Madison University’s women’s basketball suffered its first loss in Colonial Athletic Association play, falling 85-78 to Charleston at TD Arena on Thursday morning.

The loss snapped the Dukes’ 13-game win streak.

JMU now sits at 23-5 overall and 13-1 in CAA action. The Cougars improved to 15-12, 8-6 in league play, and stretched their win streak to three games.

At halftime, JMU led Charleston 41-38 and was up by as many as nine points in the first half. The Dukes led by as many as seven points twice in the second half before a 7-0 run by the Cougars made it a 55-55 tie with 12:48 left on the clock, the fourth knotted score of the afternoon.

With 5:50 left on the clock, Charleston went on a 5-0 run over 1:31 to take a 72-70 lead, the Cougars’ first lead of the second half. Sophomore Precious Hall put up a jumper for the fifth tie of the game with 4:02 remaining, but an 8-0 run by Charleston secured the lead for good.

Senior Kirby Burkholder dropped a team-high 25 points and moved into sole possession of seventh place on JMU’s career scoring chart (1,521). Junior Toia Giggetts points, her 19th-straight double-figure performance, and three blocks while Hall added 13 points and snagged a season-high five steals on the afternoon. Redshirt sophomore Jazmon Gwathmey tied a season-high 10 rebounds

The Cougars were led by Alyssa Frye’s 26 points, including six from the free-throw line over the final 1:42, followed by Afreyea Tolbert’s 19 points. Mikaela Hopkins made it into double figures (12 points) with the first six points in Charleston’s 8-0 run for the lead.

Charleston shot 45.7 percent from the floor overall with a 51.6 shooting percentage in the second half. JMU shot 36.4 percent for the game. The Cougars held the advantage for points in the paint (38-30), points off turnovers (15-6) and second-chance points (18-11). Charleston also held the rebounding advantage 48-46, just the third time this season Madison has not won the battle of the boards.

Burkholder also moved into third on the career rebound chart (855) with seven rebounds for the game. Redshirt senior Nikki Newman also moved up the all-time rebounds chart, taking sole possession of fifth at 828 career boards. She also moved into a tie for most games played with Tarik Hislop (JMU ’13), having competed in 140 games in her career.

On Sunday, JMU faces William & Mary at 2 p.m. in the final home game of the season.

Swimming & Diving

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Senior Kelsey Holmgaard became the first James Madison swimmer to repeat as the 200-yard individual medley champion to highlight two event wins for the swimming and diving team on day two of the Colonial Athletic Association Championships at Eppley Recreation Center on Thursday.

Towson used a big-time performance in the 500-yard freestyle to move into first place in the team competition with 303 points. JMU is in second with 257 points followed by William & Mary in third (153 points), Delaware (148) in fourth, Northeastern (125) in fifth, UNCW (123) in sixth, College of Charleston (115) in seventh and Drexel (93) rounding out the field in eighth.

Holmgaard was part of a duo that placed first and second in the 200 IM. She completed the swim in a NCAA “B” cut time of 2:00.23 to earn her second consecutive gold in the event. Senior Shannon Dubay claimed second with a time of 2:00.32, also a NCAA “B” cut time.

Madison’s second gold on the day was in the 200-yard freestyle relay. It is the Dukes’ second relay title of the Championships. The quartet of Dubay, junior Susanne Gingher and sophomores Camilla Czulada and Carli Molano completed the event in a time of 1:30.99 to earn 40 points for JMU.

Gingher was the next top finisher on the evening for JMU by claiming third in the 50-yard freestyle. The junior touched the wall in a career-best time of 23.03 to put 16 points on the board. It is the second-fastest time in JMU history in the event. William & Mary’s Megan Howard won the event followed closely by Rachel Sears of UNCW. Czulada (23.25) and Molano (23.44) placed ninth and 10th, respectively. Czulada’s time is the fourth-fastest time in school history while Molano turned in the fifth-fastest time.

Towson placed the top five finishers in the 500-yard freestyle and had five of the eight qualifiers in the Championship final to earn 93 points in the swim. JMU junior Aimee Hooper was the top non-Towson finisher, placing sixth in a time of 4:52.26. Senior Morgan Johnson came in seventh with a time of 4:54.63, while sophomore Cameron Martin earned three points for the Dukes by placing 14th (4:57.10).

Day three of the CAA Championships continues on Friday with preliminaries starting at 10 a.m. Finals start at 6 p.m. with medals being handed out in the 400-yard individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, one-meter diving and the 400-yard medley relay.