The James Madison women’s basketball squad dominated Alcorn State in an 87-42 win at the JMU Convocation Center on Sunday afternoon, moving to 4-0 on the season. The Braves dropped to 1-4 overall this year. This is the fourth time in the last five years the Dukes have started the season 4-0.
Overall, JMU shot 56.5 percent from the field including 43.8 percent from 3-point range. Sophomore guard Precious Hall (Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay School) led five Dukes in double-figure scoring with 17 points while sophomore forward Destiny Jones (Miramar, Fla./Archbishop McCarthy) tied her career-high with 12 points. Junior center Crystal Ross (Philadelphia, Pa./Smyrna (Del.)) finished one point shy of tying her career-high with 12 points.
Senior guard Kirby Burkholder (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) scored in double digits for the eighth straight game (11 pts). Junior forward Toia Giggetts (Norfolk, Va./Lake Taylor) dropped in 11 points and snagged a game-high eight rebounds.
Alcorn State shot 26.7 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. The Braves were led by Tierro Frost with a game-high 23 points. Angelic Wilson-Reid was second on the team with nine points.
The Dukes outscored the Braves 52-10 in the paint and 19-3 on second-chance shots. Madison also converted Alcorn State’s 29 turnovers into 36 points while only allowing seven points to come from its 11 turnovers.
JMU opened the game on a 31-7 run, including a 16-0 run over a 6:39 span to increase the lead from 15-7 to 31-7. The Dukes held a 54-16 lead heading into halftime with the Braves shooting just 15.4 percent from the field and 11.1 percent from 3-point range.
Madison next travels to Naples, Fla., for the three-day Gulf Coast Showcase. The Dukes open with UCLA on Friday, Nov. 29, at 8:30 p.m.