JMU roundup: Dukes roll past Tigers in CAA women’s tournament
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — Top-seeded James Madison University’s women’s basketball team overpowered eighth-seeded Towson 64-49 in the quarterfinal round of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament on Friday, earning a trip to the Saturday’s semifinals at the Show Place Arena.
JMU improved to 27-3 and will face fifth-seeded Elon at 1 p.m. Saturday. Towson fell to 11-21 overall and was eliminated from the tournament.
The Dukes led wire-to-wire and bolted out to a 16-2 lead in the first 4:36. JMU started with a 7-0 run to open play that was capped by a steal and drive by junior point guard Angela Mickens, causing Towson to call its first timeout of the game. While the Tigers scored on the ensuing possession, the Dukes put together another 7-0 run compliments of a 5-of-5 headed into the first media timeout.
Towson pulled within a single possession after its own 11-2 run, cutting the JMU lead to two points at 24-22 with 5:28 to play, and the teams headed to the locker room with the Dukes ahead by five (33-28). Though the Tigers pulled to within four (34-30) with 18:25 to play, JMU used a 9-0 run to pull back to a double-digit lead (43-30) with 14:49 left on the clock. Towson never got closer than nine points the rest of the contest.
The largest lead of the game for JMU was 17 points (59-42), which the Dukes reached on a pair of junior guard Precious Hall’s free throws with 4:32 left in the game. Hall led the day with 19 points, 12 of which came in the second half, for her 29th double-digit scoring performance of the season. Three of Hall’s baskets were assisted by Mickens, who dished out five helpers on the day to set a single-season record for assists (226).
Mickens also added 10 points, five rebounds and two steals in the contest. Redshirt-senior center Lauren Okafor dropped 14 points and junior guard Ashley Perez scored 11 points to round out the JMU double-figure scorers.
As a team, JMU shot 38.7 percent (24-62) from the floor while limiting Towson to a 29.6 shot percentage (16-54). The Dukes doubled up the Tigers off points in the paint 32-16 and capitalized on 17 Towson turnovers for 20 points. Towson scored just four points off eight JMU giveaways.
Redshirt-junior guard Jazmon Gwathmey led the team in both assists (6) and rebounds (9), adding six points and a steal over 34 minutes of play.
RICHMOND — Redshirt-sophomore first baseman Brett Johnson blasted his first career home run, a three-run shot, over the left field wall to cap off a five-run bottom of the ninth as the James Madison baseball team came all the way back to earn a 9-7 walk-off win over Minnesota on Friday afternoon at the PK5 Classic, hosted by VCU at The Diamond.
The Dukes surrendered three runs in the top of the ninth to put themselves in a 7-4 hole, but notched four straight base hits on just six pitches to cut the lead to one before Johnson connected on a 2-1 pitch to lift JMU to a 9-5 record in 2015. Minnesota fell to 5-8 on the year with the win.
Junior third baseman Kyle Weston went 4-for-5 at the plate, scoring a run and stealing a base while senior right fielder Kevin Husum put together a much-needed 3-for-4 performance with a run scored.
Redshirt-junior shortstop Chad Carroll went 2-for-5 with a run and two RBI to reach base for the 15th consecutive game dating back to the 2014 season while sophomore designated hitter Ky Parrott was 2-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and two runs.
Junior left-hander Aaron Hoover threw five quality innings in his fourth start of the year in allowing three runs and striking out three, but sophomore Michael Evans moved to 2-0 with the win after four innings of relief for the Dukes. Brian Glowicki, who entered with one out in the eighth, took the loss for Minnesota to drop to 1-1.
JMU will be back in action on Saturday when they face host VCU in a contest scheduled to get started at 2:30 p.m. Currently, first pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., but weather predicted for the Richmond area could cause changes in the schedule.
ORLANDO, Fla. — James Madison opened play at the UCF Spring Fling Tournament with a pair of victories, claiming a 6-1 triumph against UIC before downing Fairfield 8-2 on Friday at the UCF Softball Complex.
The Dukes improved to 14-6 on the season after winning their fourth and fifth straight outings. Junior Hannah Hayes led the Dukes with a .667 batting average, going 4-for-6 from the plate with two RBIs and three runs. Two other JMU players hit at least .500 as freshman Megan Good was .625 on 5-for-8 batting with two RBIs and a run while sophomore Taylor Newton hit .500 on 3-for-6 with one home run, a team-high four RBIs and a run.
Good and junior Jailyn Ford picked up victories on the day as the duo combined to pitch 10.2 innings, allowing four combined hits, one unearned run and 13 strikeouts.
The Dukes return to action twice Saturday when they take on Monmouth at 9 a.m. and Butler at 1:30 p.m.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — James Madison women’s tennis wrapped up its swing through Florida with another 6-1 win, this time taking care of Evansville at Star Island in Kissimmee, Fla., on Friday.
A 2-1 showing in doubles for the opening point and a 5-1 showing in singles pushed the Dukes to an overall 8-3 record while the Purple Aces fell to 8-4.
Freshman Kimmy Herrock and sophomore Rebecca Harris rolled Marina Moreno and Kennedy Craig 8-1 at No. 2 doubles to start the day for JMU. An 8-4 win by sophomores Rachel Nelson and Emily Bradshaw at No. 3 doubles over Mina Milovic and Gaby Fifer sealed the point for the Dukes.
Sophomore Alex Huie started singles play with a two-set win (6-0, 6-2) over Moreno at the No. 3 position before freshman Dylan Owens dropped Craig in two sets (6-3, 6-2) at the No. 4 position, pushing the Dukes to a 3-0 lead.
Harris earned match point for JMU, defeating Andjela Brguljan 6-1, 6-3 at No. 6 singles.
Senior Taylor Pinchoff posted her second consecutive come-from-behind victory on Friday, taking down Marketa Trousilova at No. 1 singles. Pinchoff fell 6-2 in set one before rallying for the 6-4 victory in set two. The senior took the tiebreaker 10-5 for the point.
Herrock rounded out the points for JMU with a two-set win at No. 5 singles, overtaking Milovic 6-2, 7-6(6).
JMU returns to league action on March 21 with an 11 a.m. match at Elon. The Dukes won their first Colonial Athletic Association contest of the season, posting a 5-2 victory over Towson in their spring dual opener.