JMU women top American, 65-49
The Dukes got their first win after dropping three straight contests, while American saw its winning streak end at three games.
Freshman guard Precious Hall (Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay), in her first game as a starter, scored a career-high 16 points. She shared game scoring honors with senior guard Tarik Hislop (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch). Junior guard Kirby Burkholder (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) finished with her second double-double of the season with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
American was led sophomore forward Arron Zimmerman (Wayside, N.J./Saint John Vianney), who scored 13 points on 5-for-5 shooting, including 3-for-3 from 3-point range. Freshman forward Michelle Holmes (Toledo, Ohio/Notre Dame Academy) added 10 points, and senior center Stephanie Anya (Germantown, Md./Holy Cross) was AU’s leading rebounder with 10.
The Dukes used an 11-2 run to pull out to a 24-13 lead with 8:32 left in the opening half. Redshirt freshman guard Jazmon Gwathmey (Bealeton, Va./Liberty) scored the first and last basket of the stretch.
The Eagles, however, ran off 10 unanswered points, the first eight by Zimmerman, to close the margin to one, 24-23, with 4:32 left.
JMU scored the final five points of the half on a 3-pointer by Hall and a jumper by Hislop, and the Dukes opened the second half by outscoring AU 8-1. Hislop scored on a 15-foot jumper and Hall and Burkholder each knocked down 3’s to put JMU up 37-24 at 18:09.
AU got no closer than 11 (37-26 at 17:13) and JMU extended its lead to as many as 19 on four occasions.
JMU held a 53-34 rebounding advantage.