DOVER, Del. – James Madison women’s basketball eclipsed the 100-point mark for the first time since 2015 with its 103-57 win over Delaware State on Tuesday night. This also marked the Dukes first 2-0 start to a season since the 2015-16 season.
It was a slow start for the Dukes (2-0) as Delaware State (0-2) led 6-5 just over midway through the opening frame. JMU then held the Hornets scoreless for its fourth quarter holding an opponent under 10 points this season. The Dukes steamrolled a 20-0 run to lead 25-6 after one quarter played as Jackie Benitez hit her second trey of the night at the buzzer.
The Hornets came back to play to begin the second quarter and the two teams went up and down the court exchanging baskets. JMU’s 22-point lead would be cut to 15, 32-17 midway through the second quarter. However, the Dukes went rolling to close out the frame and a floater by Benitez at the buzzer put the Purple and Gold up 25 leading 47-22 at the half.
The Dukes would not be stopped as they outscored the Hornets 28-14 in the third quarter, behind Kelly Koshuta’s 12 points in the frame. JMU hit five of its 18 three's in the third quarter to lead 75-36 with just a quarter to play. Delaware State came out strong in the final frame scoring 21 points, but the Dukes would hit six from behind the arc and again score 28 points to take the victory 103-57.
---JMU held Delaware State to under 10 points in the 1Q (six points allowed), its fourth quarter holding an opponent to under 10 points this season
---The Dukes shot 100-percent from the free throw line (9-9)
---The 103 points scored was the most since 107 scored against the College of Charleston on March 4, 2015
---JMU’s 18 three’s is a record for most in a game. The previous high was 12 which was set 5 separate times
---The Dukes are 2-0 for the first time since the 2015-16 season
---JMU out rebounded the Hornets 45-30, with 20 coming on the offensive end and the Dukes turning that into 21-second-chance points
JMU shot 58.1-percent from the three-point line going 18-31
---Tori Harris had herself a career night with 15 points. Her previous high was eight. Her seven rebounds also counted as a career-high as her previous most was four.
---Harris hit a game-high five three-pointers
---Madison Green filled out the stat line with 13 points, one rebound, four assists and two steals. The four assists were a game-high.
---Kelly Koshuta scored 15 points, with 12 coming in the third quarter
---In Jackie Benitez’s first game after sitting a season due to transfer rules, she hit three from behind the arc and tallied 11 points, two rebounds and one steal
James Madison returns home to host Georgetown on Friday, Nov. 16. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.