HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- On Sunday afternoon, the James Madison Dukes (15-4, 7-1) defeated the Elon Phoenix (7-11, 2-5) 82-30 inside of the Convocation Center. Kayla Cooper-Williams finished the afternoon with her third double-double of the season, scoring 10 points and collecting 16 rebounds in the process. The 52-point margin of victory is the largest since the 2015-2016 season
The Dukes began the game on a 14-0, before Elon was able to get on the scoresheet with a free-throw by Jaylin Powell at the 6:31 mark. The Phoenix failed to record a field goal until the 4:14 mark in the first quarter. JMU held Elon 11.1% from the field and Kamiah Smalls finished the period with 18 points and the Dukes shot 60% from the field.
Jackie Benitez opened up the second quarter with a three from the corner to spark another JMU run and extend the Dukes lead. Elon failed to score a point until the 7:13 mark in the second period. Benitez continued her hot second quarter, hitting 3 three's and guiding the Dukes on an 8-0 run. The 7 threes' in the first half was just shy of tying the James Madison record for three's in a first half (8).
At the break the Dukes led 48-8, breaking the fewest points scored by an opponent in the first half in JMU history. The 52-point victory was the first since back-to-back victories in 2015-2016, when the Dukes defeated Longwood 88-30, on November 15, 2015 and Morgan State 92-31, on November 17, 2015. The eight points in the first half sets a Convocation Center record for fewest points allowed in a half. The previous record was 9 against Coppin State on November 29, 1993.
In the second half it was all JMU as the Dukes extended their lead to 67-21, outscoring Elon 19-13 in the third quarter. James Madison would continue to roll finishing the game on a 7-0 run, defeating the Phoenix 82-30.
Smalls led the Dukes for the 14th game with 26 points. Her 21st consecutive game tallying at least 10 points
Cooper-Williams notched her third double-double of the season to tie Devon Merritt for most on the team
The last time JMU held an opponent to 30 or below was UNCW 52-27 on the CAA championship 2017
First 50+ point win 2015-2016 season with back-to-back Longwood 88-30, 11-15-15, Morgan State 92-31, 11-17-15
The 8 points sets a Convo record of fewest point allowed in a half the previous record was 9 against Coppin State 11-29-1993 and program record 9 point 2nd half at Towson 2-10-2002, bested fewest points in first half in which the dukes gave up 10 on three separate occasions.
Eleanore Marciszewski went 2-3 from behind the arc for eight points while also adding a block in 13 minutes played
Smalls, Cooper-Williams, Barrier and Benitez all scored in double figures to lead the Dukes to victory
Logan Reynolds added two blocks to her stat sheet while dishing out two of JMU's 15 assists.
JMU extended their home win streak to 22 games which stands as the third longest in program history
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"Honestly it always comes down to the last time we met. We always preach JMU Basketball and it's us, not the opponent but when you have that chip on your shoulder it's nice to come out with a win" - Smalls
"Just being a defensive presence and on the board. I honestly don't really focus on offense I just make sure I'm there in the paint." – Kayla Cooper-Williams
"I think it means a lot, we take a lot of pride winning at home and playing for the fans. Thanks to them because this is what we're doing it for" – Lexie Barrier
"I was really impressed with our effort from start to finish. One of the more fun games overall. I'm proud of our team for not settling and not taking their foot off the pedal and just continuing to play. Focusing on ourselves and the next play so that was a fun afternoon" – Coach Sean O'Regan
JMU will host CAA top-runner Towson on Sunday, February 3 at 2 p.m.