Dukes take down Winthrop

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- James Madison women's basketball took down Winthrop 56-39 on Sunday afternoon. The Dukes 4-1 start to the season is the best since 2013-14 when they went 5-0.

After a slow start, James Madison (4-1) went on a 10-0 run to take a 12-5 lead. Winthrop (1-5) battled but the Dukes locked down on defense and held the Eagles to just 35 percent shooting to lead 23-12 after the first quarter.

It was a slow second quarter for both squads but the Dukes continued to play stubborn defense, holding the Eagles to just 29 percent shooting and allowing just 10 points in the quarter. The Dukes shot 33 percent to lead 35-22 at the half.

Winthrop opened the third quarter with a basket, which would be its only field goal of the frame. The Dukes allowed just five points from the Eagles, marking the sixth time this season they've held an opponent to 10 points or less in a quarter after doing the same in the second quarter. JMU started the frame hitting its first five field goals and went on to take a 48-26 lead with one quarter to play.

The Eagles outscored the Dukes 12-6 in the final frame but JMU would hold on to take the win 56-39.

JMU has held opponents to 10 points or under in six quarters this season through five games
The Dukes grabbed 50 rebounds as a team for the second straight game
JMU's 21 offensive boards were tied for a season high
Kamiah Smalls has put up 10-plus point performances in all five games this season
Smalls led the Dukes in scoring for the fourth time
JMU held the Eagles to just one three-pointer
Winthrop had no players in double-figure scoring
JMU's 17 assists tied the most this season

Smalls led the Dukes with 16 points, she started the game hitting her first four shots from the floor
Jackie Benitez added 14 points, hitting three from behind the arc
Kayla Cooper-Williams tallied a game-high 10 rebounds
Smalls' six assists were a game-high and tied her career-high
Tori Harris rejected one shot, tying a career-high

JMU will head to Lynchburg, Va. to take on in-state rival Liberty on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7p.m.