JMU Women’s Basketball Falls 54-51 at Towson, Snaps Five-Game Win Streak
James Madison women’s basketball fell 54-51 at Towson on Sunday afternoon, snapping a five-game win streak.
The Dukes (9-5, 2-1 CAA) and Tigers (8-6, 1-2 CAA) were tied at 47-all with just over five minutes left in the fourth quarter before a 5-0 Towson spurt put the Tigers ahead for good. JMU cut the lead to one with 15 seconds left on the clock, but a pair of Tiger free throws and a jump ball in Towson’s favor sealed the game.
Redshirt senior guard Precious Hall led the way at 15 points, 11 of which came in the first half. Redshirt junior forward Amber Porter and freshman guard Kamiah Smalls each reached 10 points as JMU finished shooting 30.0 percent (18-60). Towson had three in double figures, all at 11 points apiece, and shot 32.3 percent (21-65) for the game.
Porter finished with a double-double by adding 11 rebounds, aiding JMU's edge in boards at 50-45.
JMU turned the ball over 20 times compared to Towson’s 13 giveaways, which the Tigers converted for a 17-8 advantage in points off turnovers.
JMU’s 21 first-half points are the fewest of any half this season. This marked only the third time this season the Dukes failed to reach 30 points in the first half.
JMU turned the ball over eight times in the first quarter, but calmed down in the second and gave the ball away just three times over the second 10-minute frame.
Coming into today, JMU had won 22 straight Colonial Athletic Association contests. The Dukes had also defeated the Tigers in 11 straight meetings.
JMU travels to Newark, Del., for a Friday night clash with Delaware on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.