Cooper-Williams anchoring JMU frontcourt

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison redshirt junior Kayla Cooper-Williams is the anchor of the Dukes frontcourt.

Cooper-Williams ranks among the top rebounders and shot-blockers in the Colonial Athletic Association. Her 25 blocks are #1 in the conference and her 9.4 rebounds per game ranks second in the CAA.

While Cooper-Williams averages only 5.2 points per game, she is one of the most important players on a JMU team that's been picked to win the CAA in 2018-2019.

"I take a lot of pride in it to make sure that I do a good job protecting the basket," said Cooper-Williams.

Her head coach has nothing but praise when describing how the center has helped the Dukes to an 8-3 start to the season.

"She's been what I had always hoped she would be," said head coach Sean O'Regan. "I think she is really coming into her comfort level of being the beast that I think she is so it's been awesome to watch her."

JMU opens CAA play Friday night at Delaware. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Newark.