JMU's Season Ends at JPJ

By: HANK KURZ Jr. - AP Sports Writer
By: HANK KURZ Jr. - AP Sports Writer

Whitney Hand scored 24 points and Oklahoma squandered much of a 19-point second-half lead before holding on to beat James Madison 86-72 in the first round of the women's NCAA tournament Sunday.

Danielle Robinson added 19 points for the Sooners (22-11), who are trying to make their third consecutive run to the Final Four. Oklahoma will play Miami in the second round Tuesday.

Dawn Evans, the nation's No. 3 scorer with a 23.2 average, led the Dukes with 20 points, but hit just seven of 27 shots. James Madison (26-8) fell short in its bid for its first NCAA tournament victory since the 1991 team beat top-ranked Penn State in the second round in State College, Pennsylvania.

The Dukes had no answer for the speed, quickness and size of the Sooners until late.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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