JMU Women battle to 64-57 win at Towson for fifth straight victory

Published: Jan. 22, 2016 at 10:39 PM EST
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James Madison women’s basketball powered to a 64-57 win at Towson on Friday afternoon, pushing its win streak to five games. JMU is 5-1 in Colonial Athletic Association action and 12-5 overall. Towson is 5-12 overall with a 2-4 mark in CAA games.

The Dukes led by as many as 16 points, but the Tigers chipped the lead back to a single possession with less than a minute to play (60-57). With the ball in Towson’s hands, senior guard Angela Mickens made a big defensive stop in the left corner to regain possession for the Dukes, and both redshirt senior guard Jazmon Gwathmey and sophomore guard Hailee Barron sank a pair of free throws to clinch the win.

Gwathmey finished with a game-high 28 points, her fifth consecutive performance of 20 points or more. Barron posted a career-high 17 points, including 15 points from a career-best five makes from beyond the arc. JMU and Towson were on par in shooting percentage at 32.2 percent and 32.8 percent, respectively, but JMU won the 3-point battle 32.0 percent to 23.8 percent. The Dukes almost made 19 more trips to the charity stripe, securing 18 points at the line (18-29) compared to the Tigers’ eight makes (8-10).

Mickens dished out eight assists on the afternoon to surpass Dawn Evans’ mark of 562 and take over third place on the JMU all-time assists chart at 570. The all-time leader in career assists is Jess Cichowicz, who tallied 670 for the purple and gold.

On the defensive end, junior guard Da’Lishia Griffin secured a career-high 21 rebounds. Freshman center Kayla Cooper-Williams made it four straight games in double-digit rebounds with 10 boards. As a team, the Dukes outrebounded the Tigers 51-39.

The Dukes have tallied double-digit blocks in back-to-back games, notching 10 today after doing the same against Northeastern last Sunday. Cooper-Williams led the JMU block party, stuffing five Towson attempts to bring her season total to 36. She is just one blocked shot away from equaling the JMU freshman record of 37, set by Hollee Franklin in 1998-99.