24-point fourth quarter helps Dukes pull away for win over Georgetown

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- After leading by just one in the fourth quarter, James Madison women's basketball went on a roll to defeat Georgetown 69-57. The Dukes are 3-0 for the first time since the 2014-15 season.

Kamiah Smalls rattled off the first five points of the game to give the Dukes (3-0) their first lead of the game. It was a lead they would not hold on to for long as Georgetown (3-1) came right back into it and tied it up just under the five-minute mark in the first quarter. The two teams would go back and forth to end the quarter as the Hoyas took a 10-9 lead.

Just as they did to end the first quarter, the two teams would go up and down the court looking for the outright lead. After Georgetown took a 17-16 lead midway through the frame, JMU rattled off five points to take the lead 21-17. The Dukes never trailed for the remainder of the half and went into the locker room up 30-25.

Georgetown opened the third quarter on a 5-0 run to tie the game for the sixth time. It would be a hard-fought battle for the two squads, but the Dukes remained in the lead 45-44 with one quarter to play.

The Dukes went on a 6-0 run behind five points from Jackie Benitez to take a seven-point lead, 51-46. JMU would not quit during its run against the Hoyas and held them scoreless for the final two minutes to take the win 69-57.

GAME NOTES
---This was the fifth time this season holding an opponent to 10 points or under in a quarter as the Hoyas had 10 in the first
---Benitez hit four from behind the arc to lead the team with 17 points
---JMU is 3-0 for the first time since the 2014-15 season
---Lexie Barrier was one board shy of a double-double as she had 13 points and nine rebounds
---Kayla Cooper-Williams was one rejection shy of a double-double as she had 11 rebounds and program-record nine blocks
---JMU outrebounded the Hoyas 47-37
---The Dukes grabbed a season-high 47 rebounds and 21 offensive boards
---Kamiah Smalls added 16 points for the Dukes, while Devon Merritt and Cooper-Williams both added eight
---Logan Reynolds dished the ball out six times for a season-high

BLOCK PARTY
Kayla Cooper-Williams set a career-record, JMU individual game record and Convocation Center record with her nine rejections on the night

UP NEXT
JMU heads back on the road to take on Hampton on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.