JMU women’s basketball secures 79-64 win at William & Mary

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Published: Jan. 29, 2017 at 5:51 PM EST
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A school record 18-for-18 performance from the free-throw line helped James Madison women’s basketball finish out a 79-64 win at William & Mary on Sunday afternoon.

The Dukes (14-6, 7-2 CAA) edged out a free-throw shooting-percentage record that had stood since Feb. 17, 1986 when JMU went 17-for-17 from the charity stripe against Richmond. Seven of those makes came from redshirt senior guard Precious Hall, who finished the day with a game-high 27 points.

Junior guard Hailee Barron had a season-high 14 points on a 4-for-6 performance from beyond the arc. Redshirt junior forward Amber Porter rounded out the Dukes in double figures at 12 points, going 6-for-8 from the floor

William & Mary finished the contest shooting 48.2 percent (27-56), helped along by three quarters shooting 50 percent or better. The Dukes, however, limited the Tribe to just one 3-pointer on the afternoon, well below their average of 5.1 makes from range.

FREE-THROW PERFECTION

JMU went 18-18 from the free-throw line, the best 100-percent showing in program history. Precious Hall’s 7-for-7 led the team, her first perfect performance from the charity stripe of five attempts or more since a 6-for-6 showing against Hofstra on Jan. 7.

GETTING CLOSER

Precious Hall scored in double figures for the 20th consecutive game and 98th time in her career. She now has 1,984 career points.

Hall’s eight made field goals also pushed her into fourth all-time in JMU history, as she now has 667 makes for her career (261 are made 3-pointers). She surpassed Tarik Hislop’s mark of 660.

CALL HER EFFICIENT

Sophomore guard Logan Reynolds dropped in seven points on 3-for-4 shooting over 21 minutes played. She finishes the weekend with 15 points on 6-for-10 shooting, including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.

UP NEXT

JMU continues its three-game stretch on the road and treks north for the Hofstra-Northeastern swing. The Dukes face the Pride on Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in the first of three Play 4Kay games on the JMU docket, then travel to face the Huskies on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m.