#23 JMU women’s basketball loses to #8 Maryland, 80-64


jmu logoDespite junior guard Precious Hall’s (Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay School) career-high seven 3-pointers, No. 23 James Madison women’s basketball fell 80-64 to No. 10/8 Maryland on the first day of the San Juan Shootout at the Mario Morales Coliseum on Friday.

JMU dropped to 4-1 on the season while Maryland improved to 6-0 on the year.

Hall led the day for both teams with 29 points, including all of the Dukes’ made 3-pointers. Senior forward Toia Giggetts (Norfolk, Va./Lake Taylor) dropped in a season-high 18 points.

JMU scored the first bucket of the day off a jumper by Giggetts, but Maryland posted a 7-0 run to take a 7-2 lead heading into the first media timeout. The Dukes closed the gap to one point at 11-10 with 13:08 left in the first half, but the Terps mounted an 11-0 run to push the lead out to the first double digit lead of the day.

Maryland went on to continue that run to a 20-5 mark and led by as many as 16 points with 6:23 to play in the first stanza. Madison settled in with a brief 6-1 run to close the gap, and the Terps held a 40-27 lead heading into halftime. JMU got as close as nine points twice in the second half, but were unable to get any closer.

The Dukes committed 13 turnovers to the Terps’ 10 in the first half, allowing Maryland to outscore JMU 18-5 off giveaways, but they settled in for the second half of play and committed just five compared to UM’s 12 and outscored them 13-5 in points off turnovers.

As a team, JMU shot 37.5 percent from the floor, including 42.4 percent in the second stanza. Maryland shot 52.9 percent overall with a 60.9 percent completion in the second half. The Terps also held an advantage in rebounds, 40-28, though the Dukes held the edge in offensive boards, 13-12.

JMU lead in percentage at the charity stripe, shooting 81.8 percent from the free throw line compared to UM’s 77.8 percent, but Maryland went to the line 27 times (21-27) off 21 JMU fouls while the Dukes went to the line just 11 times (9-11) off 11 Terrapins fouls.

The Dukes wrap up the San Juan Shootout on Saturday with Houston at 5 p.m. Eastern time before returning home for Richmond at the JMU Convocation Center.



uva basketball team of destiny

Team of Destiny: Inside UVA Basketball's improbable run

Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25.

The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Subscribe

Augusta Free Press content is available for free, as it has been since 2002, save for a disastrous one-month experiment at putting some content behind a pay wall back in 2009. (We won’t ever try that again. Almost killed us!) That said, it’s free to read, but it still costs us money to produce. The site is updated several times a day, every day, 365 days a year, 366 days on the leap year. (Stuff still happens on Christmas Day, is what we’re saying there.) AFP does well in drawing advertisers, but who couldn’t use an additional source of revenue? From time to time, readers ask us how they can support us, and we usually say, keep reading. Now we’re saying, you can drop us a few bucks, if you’re so inclined.