Dukes defeat Hofstra behind 22 points from Smalls

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison women's basketball went on a 32-14 run between the second and third quarters to rout Hofstra 77-54. The Dukes are one of two teams who have started the conference season 3-0 (Towson).

After JMU (11-3, 3-0) started off with a trey from Kamiah Smalls, Hofstra (6-9, 0-3) rattled off six points to take a 6-3 lead. The Dukes then rattled seven points of their own to lead 13-8, a lead they would never relinquish. The Dukes shot 50-percent from the floor (6-12) in the first quarter to lead 17-12.

The Dukes went on a 15-0 run in the middle of the second quarter, where they caused nine Hofstra turnovers in that time. JMU held its opponent to under 10 points in a frame for the 17th time this season as the Pride scored just five points. The Dukes 23 points scored in the quarter stands as the most scored in the second quarter this season. In the first half, JMU shot 55.6-percent from floor and 50-percent from behind the arc to lead 40-17 at the half.

Hofstra outscored the Dukes 17-15 in the third quarter following an 11-0 run. The Dukes still remained in front, 55-34, with one quarter to play. JMU continued to hold off the Pride in the Convocation Center, rattling off 22 points in the final quarter. The Dukes would shoot 47 percent from the floor on the game, marking their third highest percentage this season to seal the victory at 77-54.