Dukes Dominate Cougars

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (JMU Athletics) James Madison dominated the College of Charleston 91-50 to pick up its fifth conference victory of the season. The 91 points scored by the Dukes were the most against a league foe since the 2016-17 season.

Kamiah Smalls opened the game with a three to tie 10th all-time in career three's made, she would finish the game tied for ninth in the stat. Smalls and Barrier combined for the first 11 points for James Madison (13-4, 5-1). Once the Dukes scored that first basket, they never looked back. Smalls led the Dukes with 10 of their 19 points at the end of the first quarter. Huff poured in five of the College of Charleston's (5-11, 1-4) 14 points in the frame.

The Dukes looked to senior guard Logan Reynolds in the first half as she broke her career swipes by stealing the ball six times, while also dishing the ball out five times. JMU went on a 9-0 roll in the frame for a 34-18 lead. The Cougars would continue to be led by Huff who finished the half with nine points. JMU ended the frame on a 6-0 run, four of the six points coming from the charity stripe to take a 43-22 lead at the half.

While JMU came out of the locker room with a fire, the Cougars were right on pace behind the shooting of Ford. Lexie Barrier scored 11 of her 15 points in the third quarter on 5-6 shooting in the frame, while Ford scored 16 of her 18 total points in the frame for the College of Charleston. The Dukes outscored the Cougars by just two, 24-20, but led 67-44 with one quarter to play.

Every single JMU player that entered the game scored a basket for the Dukes en route to their 41-point victory. The Dukes held the Cougars without a field goal for almost half of the final quarter and allowed just six points in total. JMU finished the game on a 13-2 run to cap off a 91-50 victory at the TD Arena.

GAME NOTES
Smalls is tied for 9th on the JMU career three-pointers made list with 100
Reynolds had a career-high six steals and tied her season-high of seven assists.
This was the third game this season JMU had at least four players in double-figure scoring
Devon Merritt tallied a career-high five blocks, she also added a career-high three assists
Kayla Cooper-Williams added four rejections. She is now three away from tying the school record
Tori Harris rejected a career-high two shots and helped the Dukes total a season-high 13 blocks
Madison Green grabbed a career-high five rebounds
The 41-points victory is the largest CAA win since a 45-point win over William & Mary last season
The 91 points scored in the most against a CAA opponent since scoring 93 against Hofstra on January 6, 2017
The Dukes had a season-low seven turnovers, their first time committing less than 10 this season
JMU caused a season-high 23 turnovers and have now held three CAA opponents to 20 or more turnovers.
James Madison has now beaten four CAA schools by at least 20 points, the most since 2015-16 when they did it eight times.

UP NEXT
The Dukes will return to the Convocation Center to host William & Mary on Friday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. for Scout Night where any Girl Scout or Boy Scout that wears their uniform gets FREE admission and a patch.