JMU roundup: Mickens wins CAA’s women’s hoops weekly honor

RICHMOND — James Madison University women’s basketball junior point guard Angela Mickens is the Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player of the Week, the league announced Monday morning. This is the first weekly award for Mickens.

Mickens averaged 11 points per game on 75 percent shooting (6-of-8) from the floor and 71.4 percent shooting (10-14) from the free-throw line this week. She also contributed 9.5 assists per game with 3.5 rebounds and three steals per contest as the Dukes pushed their winning streak to 13 games with victories at Towson (73-54) and over Delaware (94-64).

Recently named to the Lieberman Watch List, which highlights the top Division I point guard in the nation, Mickens is averaging 7.8 assists per game to rank third nationally in the category. She has assisted on 186 JMU baskets this season, which is third most in JMU history, and 378 baskets in her career, ninth most in JMU history.

For the season, Mickens is also contributing 7.9 points per game on 38.2 percent shooting with four rebounds and 2.2 steals per contest.

The Dukes are back on the road Feb. 19 at UNCW before returning to the JMU Convocation on Feb. 22 to take on Hofstra.

Women’s lacrosse

HARRISONBURG — With two victories last week, the James Madison women’s lacrosse team jumped into the Top 20 of the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Poll with 34 points. The poll was released Monday afternoon.

The Dukes have improved their standing in the poll each of the first three weeks it’s been released this season, as JMU did not receive any votes in the preseason edition of the poll before notching votes last week.

JMU has opened the 2015 season with a 2-1 mark. The Dukes picked up back-to-back wins over Virginia Tech and UConn in their last two contests after dropping a hard-fought game in their season-opener on Feb. 1 against No. 2 North Carolina.

Additionally, Madison has received votes in each of the first three editions of the Brine Media Poll this season. Released earlier Monday, JMU stood strong at No. 22 in the poll behind Southern California (USC). It marks the second week in a row the Dukes have been at No. 22 behind USC in the poll.

JMU returns to action Feb. 22 at University Park when it will host High Point. The contest, which is the first meeting all-time between the two programs, is set for 1 p.m.