Hall's 39 not enough as Tennessee beats JMU in opener

Published: Nov. 12, 2016 at 12:49 AM EST
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James Madison women's basketball dropped a back-and-forth game to No. 13/14 Tennessee, 81-69, at the Convocation Center on Friday night. Redshirt senior guard Precious Hall dropped a career-high 39 points, the second-highest single-game total in JMU history.

The Dukes led by as many as eight points in the first quarter and kept the game within a 10-point margin for most of the game. A three-pointer by Hall tied the game at 62-62 early in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Vols countered with a 12-1 run, hitting five of six field goals to take a 74-63 lead going into the final media timeout.

Freshman guard Kamiah Smalls filled the stat sheet in her collegiate debut, scoring 15 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and notching three steals and an assist. This is the second consecutive year a JMU freshman has recorded a double-double in a season-opening debut, as Savannah Felgemacher completed the feat last year.

JMU hit 40.3 percent (27-67) of their field goals and 37.5 percent (9-24) on three-pointers. The Dukes, however, knocked down just 37.5 percent (6-16) of their free throws compared to Tennessee's 75.8 percent (25-33) showing at the line.

Tennessee was led by Jaime Nared who totaled 19 points and eight rebounds. Mercedes Russell added a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds.

The Dukes return to competition on Sunday, Nov. 13 against St. Francis (NY) at 4:30 p.m. The game is the second of a basketball doubleheader at the JMU Convocation Center, tipping off at 2 p.m. as the men's team hosts Rice.