HAMPTON, Va. – James Madison women’s basketball suffered its first loss of the early season with a 72-65 defeat at Hampton. Devon Merritt and Kamiah Smalls both tallied double-doubles in the contest.
JMU (3-1) opened the game with two quick buckets but Hampton (2-1) quickly jumped in and went on a roll of its own to take the lead. The Dukes trailed 13-9 after one quarter played.
The Dukes then went on an 8-0 run to open the second quarter to take a 17-13 lead. JMU continued to roll through the second quarter and led 26-24 at the half. JMU continued its momentum from the second quarter into the third and took a 39-28 lead following a 14-4 run. James Madison did not allow the Lady Pirates to make a second-half field goal until just under five minutes to play in the third frame and saw its largest lead come at the 3:11 mark, with the Dukes up 46-31.
JMU remained in control midway through the final frame, but saw its lead get trimmed, as it led the Lady Pirates 57-56 with 5:34 to play. The Lady Pirates would rattle off 16 points in the final five minutes of play while holding the Dukes to just eight. Hampton outscored the Dukes 31-16 in the final frame to take the 72-65 win.
---Jackie Benitez dished the ball out a season-high five times; her first assists in her JMU career
---Kamiah Smalls tallied her first double-double of the season and fifth of her career with 22 points and 13 rebounds.
---Smalls' 22 points were one shy of her career high
---Devon Merritt notched her second career double-double and first of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds
---JMU had at least three players in double-figure scoring for the third straight game
---Smalls led the Dukes with two steals, her first two swipes of the season
---Benitez has recorded a steal in her three games played
---Aneah Young set a new career-high with three blocks
---Hampton’s Coach Six earned his 200th career win in the contest
---The Lady Pirates went to the free-throw line 38 times connecting on 25, while the Dukes went just 18 times and hit 13
---JMU outrebounded Hampton 50-33
---Smalls led the Dukes with 22 points and 13 rebounds. The 13 boards were a game-high
---Smalls hit a game-high four buckets from behind the arc and snagged two steals
---Kayla Cooper-Williams went a perfect 4-4 from the free-throw line. One of three who was perfect from the charity stripe (Smalls (2-2) and Logan Reynolds (2-2))
---Benitez had a game-high five assists
---Young tallied a game-high three blocks
JMU will host Winthrop at the Convocation Center on Sunday, Nov. 25. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.