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JMU women knock off ODU

Junior guard Tarik Hislop’s (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) driving shot off the glass dropped in the basket with 3.7 seconds left to lift James Madison to a 57-55 win at Old Dominion in Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball Wednesday night at the Constant Convocation Center.

The Dukes rallied from 14 points down in the second half for the win, which improved JMU’s overall record to 16-5 and its CAA record to 7-3.  ODU dropped to 7-15 overall and 4-6 in league play.

JMU sophomore guard Kirby Burkholder (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) scored a game-high 20 points and tied her career-high with six 3-pointers; she also had four assists and three steals.  Redshirt junior guard Jasmine Gill (Greensboro, N.C./Page) added 14 points, and redshirt senior forward Lauren Whitehurst (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) led the Dukes with nine rebounds.

Hislop, the Dukes’ leading scorer, was only 2-of-19 from the field but had a game-high six assists.

ODU was led by Tia Lewis with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Mairi Buchan scored 10 points and had nine rebounds.  Jackie Cooke scored nine points and had 10 rebounds.

ODU led 36-26 at halftime and opened the second half with a 6-2 run to open up its biggest lead, 14 points, 42-28 at 17:54.  JMU then outscored ODU 18-3, including 13 unanswered points, to lead 46-45 on a layup by freshman forward/center Crystal Ross (Philadelphia, Pa./Smyrna, Del. H.S.) with 10:00 to play.

The Dukes held held the lead until Tia Lewis scored on a layup with 45.6 seconds left to tie the game at 55-55.

On JMU’s next possession Hislop drove the length of the court, but ODU freshman Ashley Betz-White stole the ball with 37 seconds remaining.  However, ODU’s Jackie Cooke turned the ball over on a bad pass, giving the Dukes the ball and setting up Hislop’s game-winning basket.

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