JMU roundup: Curry lands CAA honor
RICHMOND — James Madison University junior guard Ron Curry produced a pair of 20-point games during the final week of the regular season to be named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
Curry averaged 21.5 points, six assists and 3.5 rebounds in JMU’s split last week to help the Dukes (19-12, 12-6 CAA) win a share of the CAA regular-season title for the first time in 15 years. He shot 52 percent on 13-for-25 shooting, including a tremendous 76.9 percent clip from 3-point range on 10-for-13 shooting. He knocked down five treys in each game, which tied his previous single-game career high.
In Wednesday’s game at North Carolina-Wilmington, Curry scored a game-high 23 points after going 8-for-16 from the floor, including 5-for-7 from beyond the arc.
In the regular-season finale versus Hofstra, Curry scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half, marking the eighth time this year he scored at least 20 points. He converted 5 of his 6 3-point attempts while dishing out a career-high 11 assists for his first career double-double. He also grabbed five rebounds while holding the CAA’s second-best 3-point shooting team to only 26.7 percent from long range.
This was the third CAA Player of the Week award for Curry in 2014-15, as he was also honored on Jan. 25 and Feb. 9.
The fourth-seeded Dukes will open play at the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. when they battle No. 5 Hofstra at Royal Farms Arena.
HARRISONBURG — Winners of four games in a row, the James Madison women’s lacrosse team jumped into Inside Lacrosse’s Brine Media Poll on Monday at No. 17 in the nation and moved up four spots to No. 15 in the country in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll.
The Dukes also broke into the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Division I women’s Top 20 poll, checking in at No. 16 in the country.
JMU enters the Brine Media Poll and moves up in the IWLCA poll after posting an 11-10, overtime win over Loyola (Md.), who was tied for 15th in the nation in last week’s poll, on Saturday evening and after picking up a 16-8 win last Monday afternoon against High Point. This week, the Greyhounds checked in at No. 17 in the new IWLCA poll and No. 18 in the Brine poll following the loss. HPU is not ranked.
Last week, JMU was No. 19 in the IWLCA poll and receiving votes at in the Brine poll, checking in at 23rd in the nation.
The Dukes needed a comeback to dispatch Loyola, as JMU trailed 8-5 early in the second half after the Greyhounds went on a 3-0 run to open the frame. With less than five minutes to play in regulation, senior midfielder Alison Curwin gave the Dukes a 9-8 lead, but Loyola sent the game to overtime with the equalizer coming with less than one minute to play. In overtime, senior attacker Stephanie Finley scored with 2.8 seconds to play to give the Dukes the victory.
JMU returns to action Friday night when it takes on Richmond. First draw is set for 6 p.m. at Robins Stadium in the state capital.
HARRISONBURG — After losing multiple contests to winter weather early in the season, the James Madison baseball team has added a mid-week contest against Maryland-Baltimore County, scheduled for Wednesday at Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The Dukes are coming off of their first home weekend of the season, where they split a four-game series with visiting Quinnipiac. JMU won the opener 7-2 on Friday evening on the strength of an eight-inning, two-hit performance from left-hander Aaron Hoover, then won the series finale 9-6 on Sunday after sophomore Ky Parrott and freshman Kyle McPherson launched their first career home runs.
UMBC has faced weather difficulties as well, having lost six games to snow and ice so far. The Retrievers currently sit at 1-2, having lost to Richmond and split a pair of contests with Lafayette, all in Goose Creek, S.C. this past weekend.