HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Redshirt junior Kayla Cooper-Williams had a record-shattering night as James Madison women's basketball (14-4, 6-1) defeated William & Mary (10-7, 3-3) 65-48 in the Convocation Center on Friday night.
The Dukes started the game on a 10-2 run thanks to Jackie Benitez and Kamiah Smalls both hitting three-pointers to increase the JMU lead. JMU added another six points in the first to end the quarter up 17-6.
The Dukes extended their lead at the start of the second, pushing the lead to 22-6. JMU held William and Mary scoreless from the 4:01 mark in the first quarter until the 4:55 mark in the second quarter.
Coming out of half William and Mary outscored the Dukes 21-18 but the Dukes were able to maintain the lead 50-36. In the third ,the Purple and Gold shot 58.3 percent from the floor, but the Tribe made all 10 shots from the charity stripe in the frame.
Kayla Cooper-Williams nearly collected a double-double scoring 9 points and grabbing 9 rebounds. In the fourth quarter, Cooper-Williams became the all-time blocks leader at JMU with 187. The Dukes closed out the victory and will now host Elon at the Convocation Center on Sunday, January 27 at 2 p.m.
---Friday's win ties the third longest win streak in program history with 21 wins
---William & Mary's 15 points were the fewest allowed by the Dukes this season
---Three Dukes scored in double figures
---JMU out-rebounded William & Mary 46-30 and was lead by Cooper-Williams with nine boards
---JMU tied their third-longest home win streak with 21-games
---Kamiah Smalls led the Dukes in scoring for the 13th game this season
---Cooper-Williams was one rebound and one-point shy of a double-double
---Devon Merritt poured in 10 points for the fifth time this season
---Lexie Barrier notched her third consecutive game with 10-plus points
---Cooper-Williams led the Dukes with four blocks while Merritt and Barrier added two