JMU women beat Drexel in OT

James Madison junior guard Tarik Hislop (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) scored 10 of the Dukes’ final 15 points to lead JMU to a 56-51 overtime win at Drexel in Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball Thursday night at the Daskalaskis Center.

The Dukes, who won their third straight, improved their overall record to 18-5 and their CAA record to 10-3.  With Hofstra’s loss at Virginia Commonwealth Thursday night, JMU claimed sole possession of second place in the league standings.

Drexel’s record is now 11-11 overall and 7-5 in CAA play.  The Dragons lost their third straight home game.

Hislop, who led all players with 22 points, hit a 17-foot jumper with 1:18 left in regulation to tie the game at 43 and force overtime.

JMU opened overtime play with four straight points to start a 10-2 run that put the Dukes up 53-45 with 1:06 remaining.  Hislop scored the last six points of the run, including four at the foul line where she twice hit both ends of 1+1s.

Drexel pulled within three, 54-51, with 15.1 seconds remaining, but Hislop’s two free throws with 12.7 seconds on the clock sealed the Dukes’ win.

Also scoring in double figures for JMU were sophomore guard Kirby Burkholder (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby), who scored 12 and grabbed nine rebounds, and redshirt senior forward Lauren Whitehurst (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River), who had 10 points and nine rebounds.  Junior forward Nikki Newman (Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby) led all players with 10 rebounds.

Drexel was led by junior guard/forward Hollie Mershon (Malvern, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) with 17 points.  Senior forward Kamile Nacickaite (Siauliai, Lithuania/Regis Jesuit, Colo.) added 12 and senior forward Tyler Hale (Baltimore, Md./Towson Catholic) scored 11 and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.


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