Dukes extend winning streak to nine with blowout victory at Elon

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ELON, N.C. -- Five James Madison women’s basketball players scored in double-figures en route to the Dukes 74-46 regular-season sweep over two-time reigning CAA Champions Elon. The Dukes improved to 21-4, 13-1, while the Phoenix dropped to 8-16, 3-10.

The Dukes started out on a 6-0 run with three separate players adding to the scoring. JMU never let up in the opening frame going on a late 10-0 run to lead 20-5. The Dukes allowed just two field goals from the Phoenix in the first quarter, the fourth time this season allowing just two. JMU held a 25-9 lead after one quarter played.

Elon turned on the jets from downtown hitting four from behind the arc in the second quarter, but the Dukes kept up totaling six in the first half. Kamiah Smalls was shooting 100% from all aspects of the floor at the half with a game-high 16 points. JMU shot an impressive 56.8% (17-29) from the floor in the first half to take a 42-23 lead over the Phoenix.

The Phoenix came out on a 5-0 run to start the frame, but the Dukes rolled on an 8-0 run behind Lexie Barrier hitting four from the free throw line to stay ahead. Barrier finished with nine of her 11 points in the frame. The Dukes went 8-13 (61.5%) from the field to push their lead 63-34.

JMU continued to battle in the final frame to pick up its 13th conference victory despite a late comeback attempt from Elon. The Phoenix outscored the Dukes 12-11 in the final frame but JMU wrapped up the fourth regular season sweep of Elon 74-46 in the Schar Center.

JMU wraps up the weekend at William & Mary on Sunday. Feb. 24. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.