JMU roundup: Dukes top Tribe in women’s basketball

Daily Staff Reports –

HARRISONBURG – James Madison women’s basketball team dominated William & Mary on the Dukes’ Senior Day, knocking off the Tribe 83-42 on Sunday afternoon in front of a record-breaking crowd of 6,590 at the Convocation Center.

JMU pushes their overall record to 24-5, 14-1 while William and Mary fell to 8-19, 5-10.

The Dukes jumped out to a 15-2 lead and never looked back. After a 24-6 run to close the half, they headed into the locker room with a 46-18 lead over William & Mary into half time, marking the eighth game this season they have limited an opponent to fewer than 20 points in the initial stanza.

Senior guard Kirby Burkholder led the first offensive wave with a personal 5-0 run to start her final home game. Burkholder finished the day with 18 points and five rebounds. Redshirt-senior forward Nikki Newman completed her final regular-season home game with five points, five rebounds and eight assists.

Overall, sophomore guard Precious Hall and junior forward Toia Giggetts powered the offense as Hall posted a game-high 20 points with five assists, and Giggetts dropped 19 points with six rebounds. Redshirt-junior guard Jazmon Gwathmey added 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds.

For the Tribe, Brooke Stewart scored a team-high 10 points over 20 minutes of action. Kaitlyn Mathieu grabbed a team-high six rebounds with eight points and an assist.

The Dukes shot 49.2 percent from the field overall, including 56.3 percent in the first half, while the Tribe shot 30.4 percent for the game and were held to 24.1 percent in the first half. Madison scored 44 points in the paint compared to William & Mary’s 20 from the lane, including 10 on fast-break opportunities.

JMU outrebounded William & Mary 50-27 for the game, leading to an 18-5 advantage in second-chance points. Six JMU players posted at least five rebounds and all nine players who saw action snagged at least one board.

Madison’s defense forced 17 turnovers by the Tribe, leading to 23 points for the purple and gold. William & Mary converted JMU’s 14 turnovers into just seven points.

The second half saw the Tribe get no closer than 28 points as the Dukes slowly pulled further and further ahead, pushing their lead to a peak of 41 points three times in the final half.

The Dukes travel to Boston on Wednesday to face Northeastern at 7 p.m. in their final regular-season game.


MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.- West Virginia starter John Means limited James Madison to one run in seven innings and the Mountaineers pounded out 14 hits in a 5-1 victory on Sunday on the final day of the Caravelle Resort Tournament at Field at Pelicans Stadium.

With the loss, JMU fell to 6-6 overall while WVU improved to 4-5.

Junior center fielder Kevin Husum and senior third baseman Ty McFarland each had multiple hits for the Dukes. Junior Chris Huffman worked seven innings allowing 13 of the 14 hits and all five runs with five strikeouts to take the loss.

John Means earned the win for WVU after limiting JMU to one run on six hits in seven innings on the hill with four strikeouts. Two relievers finished the game with a scoreless frame apiece.

Shortstop Taylor Munden, center fielder Bobby Boyd, second baseman Billy Fleming, left fielder Jacob Rice and catcher Cameron O’Brien each had multiple hits for the Mountaineers with Munden, Boyd and Rice each driving in a run.

WVU took the lead in the third on an RBI single by first baseman Ryan McBroom and added to it in the fourth with an RBI single from third baseman Michael Constantini and a double from Munden to make it 3-0.

The best threat for the Dukes came in the sixth when Husum and McFarland led off with singles. With one out, redshirt senior Matt Tenaglia singled through the right side to plate what proved to be the only JMU run. The Dukes still had two on with one out but two fly outs to left ended the inning. An RBI double by Boyd and a single by Rice in the seventh stretched the WVU lead to 5-1 to cap the scoring.

JMU will be on the road on Wednesday in non-conference play with a 4 p.m. game at VMI.

HARRISONBURG – Sophomore second baseman Hannah Hayes hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh inning as the James Madison softball team rallied from a two-run deficit to earn a 3-2 win over Dartmouth in the 2014 JMU Softball Invitational at Veterans Memorial Park, Sunday.

The Dukes’ second game of the day against Penn State got started, but rain started falling in the bottom of the first, forcing a rain-out.

JMU finished the weekend with a 2-1 record and is 10-8 on the season. Dartmouth went 2-2 over the weekend and fell to 2-7 on the year.

Three JMU players collected all-tournament honors led by sophomore catcher Erica Field who hit .556 (5-for-9) with three doubles, a home run, four RBIs and three runs scored. Freshman Taylor Newton and Hayes joined Field on the squad. Newton hit .556 (5-for-9) with a home run, a double and four RBIs while Hayes was 3-for-10 with a double, a home run and three runs scored.

Sophomore pitcher Jailyn Ford tossed a complete game to earn the win and improve to 6-4 on the season. She gave up two runs on nine hits in seven innings of works. The left-hander struck out four and walked none.

Morgan McCalmon took the loss for the Big Green, falling to 0-2 on the year. She gave up one run on three hits in 1 1/3 innings of relief. Left-hander Kristen Rumley drew the start and gave up two runs on five hits in the first five innings of the game. The left-hander struck out six and walked one.

Field, Hayes and Newton led the JMU offense on Sunday with two hits each. Field was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored and Hayes went 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI. Newton collected two hits and a RBI in three trips to the plate

The top-three hitters in the Dartmouth lineup combined for six hits in 12 at-bats led by right fielder Karen Chaw, going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Rumley added two hits, including a double in four trips to the plate while third baseman Kelsey Miller went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

The Big Green used three hits to open the scoring in the top of the fifth. Second baseman Kara Curosh initiated the rally with a one-out single to left-center and moved to second on a single to right-center by Miller. After a fly-out, Chaw lined a ball off the base of the fence in center for a two-run double.

The Dukes came back to tie the score in the bottom of the sixth. Ford was hit by a pitch to start the inning and moved to third on a single by Field. After a ground-out, Newton singled through the left side to cut the Big Green lead in half before senior first baseman Cassidy Clayton tied the score with a sacrifice fly to deep center field.

Madison walked off with the win in the bottom of the seventh on Hayes’ game-winning double. Freshman left fielder Mimi Morris led off the stanza by beating out an infield single. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and came in to score when Hayes lined a ball into the gap in right-center.

JMU ventures to Honolulu, Hawai’i next weekend as it embarks on a two-tournament, 10-game road trip in the Aloha State. Madison first plays in the 2014 Hawai’i Spring Fling, March 7-9 before playing in the 2014 Pepsi Rainbow Wahine Classic at the University of Hawai’i, March 12-15.

Women’s tennis
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va.- The doubles point proved to be the decisive point in James Madison women’s tennis’ 4-3 victory over Cincinnati at The Greenbrier on Sunday morning.

The Dukes picked up two out of three doubles matches to secure the point before splitting singles action with the Bearcats. JMU improved to 5-2 on the year while Cincinnati fell to 4-8 on the year.

Seniors Jacqueline Palmucci and Ruxandra Andriescu rolled to an 8-1 victory over Katya Bure and Carly Wilson at No. 1 doubles before junior Taylor Pinchoff and freshman Alex Huie finished off Caitlin O’Gara and Kelly Poggensee-Wei 8-5 at No. 1 doubles.

Palmucci earned a 6-1, 6-0 win over Hannah Wille at No. 6 singles to go 2-0 on the day. At No. 5 singles, Andriescu was leading Lauren Bellinger 6-2, 2-1 when Bellinger retired, giving Andriescu the match win and point.

Freshman Rachel Nelson scored her sixth straight singles point for the Dukes with a two-set win (6-0, 6-3) over Bure at No. 4 singles.

Pinchoff fell behind Poggensee-Wei 7-5 in set one of No. 1 singles before dropping set two 6-1. Huie fell to Ashleigh Witte 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles.

Sophomore Cara Wirth and redshirt junior Sarah Khan fell 8-1 to Bellinger and Witte at No. 2 doubles. Freshman Emily Bradshaw lost in two sets (6-3, 6-2) to O’Gara at No. 3 singles.

JMU hosts Longwood on Thursday, March 6 in its first home match of the 2014 spring dual season. Match play begins at 2:30 p.m.

Men’s basketball

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Freshman guard Jamall Robinson posted a career-high 22 points and Hofstra held James Madison to one field goal in the final eight and a half minutes for an 82-71 win in the Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball regular season finale for both teams on Saturday evening at the Mack Sports Complex.

JMU finished the regular season at 11-19 overall and 6-10 in the CAA to finish in a tie for sixth with the College of Charleston. The Dukes will be the No. 7 seed in the CAA Championship and will face No. 2 Towson at 6 p.m. on Saturday in the Baltimore Arena. HU improved to 9-22 overall and 5-11 in the CAA.

Graduate forward Andrey Semenov led four players in double figures with 17 for James Madison. Sophomore guards Ron Curry and Charles Cooke added 15 points apiece with Curry adding four assists and four rebounds while Cooke chipped in five boards. Freshman guard Jackson Kent added 10 points.

Robinson’s 22-point night included 8-for-11 at the free throw line while helping Hofstra maintain the lead in the closing minutes. Zeke Upshaw contributed 18 points while Dion Nesmith added 12 and five assists.

JMU shot 61 percent in the first half, including 6-for-12 from the arc, and used a Cooke 3-pointer at the first-half buzzer to take a 41-39 lead into the break. However, the Dukes went cold in the second half to shoot just 24 percent overall and 25 percent from the arc while connecting on just one field goal in the final eight and a half minutes of play.

Hofstra grabbed its first second-half lead on a Nesmith jumper two and a half minutes into the period for the first of seven lead changes over the next seven minutes. A three-point play by Kent pushed JMU in front 56-55 at the 11-minute mark before the Pride took the lead for good on a Darren Payen dunk and a Nesmith 3-pointer to make it 60-56 midway through the half.

A Curry trifecta cut it to 62-61 with 8:45 remaining before the Pride stretched it to their largest lead of the game at 69-62 at the 5:17 mark by scoring seven of the next eight points in the game. The Curry three was the last field goal for the Dukes aside form a layup by Curry with 45 seconds to go as Hofstra hit all 10 free throws in the final minute of play to pull ahead for the 82-71 win, its largest lead of the game.

Hofstra hit four of its first five shot attempts to grab a 9-4 lead out of the gate. Trailing 11-6, Kent, Curry and Cooke connected on three straight 3-pointers for a quick 9-0 run and a 15-11 lead. Another three from Semenov at the 12-minute mark put JMU ahead 20-14 with early 4-for-6 shooting from the arc from four different players.

JMU again built the lead to six points at 35-29 on a pair of free throws from freshman forward Ivan Lukic, but Hofstra countered with an 8-0 surge started by a Robinson 3-pointer and capped by a basket from Upshaw. Two free throws from Stephen Nwaukoni put the Pride ahead 39-38 but Curry drove and kicked to Cooke for a 3-pointer from the left wing with one second remaining for a 41-39 lead at the half.

Cooke had 12 points for the Dukes in the first half with Curry adding eight and Semenov contributing seven. Upshaw led Hofstra with 11 while Nwaukoni added nine and Robinson seven. JMU shot 61 percent overall and 60 percent (6-for-12) from the arc in the half. HU shot 50 percent overall and 30 percent from downtown.