HARRISONBURG, Va. (JMU Athletics) -- Behind 45 points from Lexie Barrier and Kamiah Smalls, James Madison women's basketball dominated Northeastern 84-49 on Sunday afternoon. The Dukes and Towson remain as the only two undefeated teams in league play.
James Madison (12-3, 4-0) started off with the first basket of the game by Devon Merritt and never looked back. Lexie Barrier rattled off 13 of the Dukes' 29 points in the first quarter hitting three of three from behind the arc. The 29 points were the most for JMU in any quarter this season to lead 29-23.
Barrier set a new season-high in points in the second quarter to continue to push the Dukes lead. Northeastern (12-3, 2-2) scored just 10 points in the frame. The Dukes tied the school record for three's scored in a first half with eight. JMU ended the quarter on a 13-1 run which gave the Dukes a 54-33 lead at halftime. This marked the most points scored in the first half for JMU this season.
JMU continued to hold off the Huskies in the second half rolling on a 10-0 run for a 67-37 lead after the frame. The Dukes held Northeastern to just four points in the fame; tying the fewest points allowed by an opponent this season in a quarter
The Dukes never wavered in the victory capping off a fourth quarter outscoring Northeastern 17-12. JMU recorded their largest victory over a conference opponent since beating William & Mary 86-41 (2/2/18). JMU came away with the victory 84-49.
JMU had two players score 20 or more points in the same game for the first time since March 8, 2018 (v. Charleston)
35-point victory is the most since William & Mary (3/2/18)
Sixth-straight game win 10-plus rebounds by Kayla Cooper-Williams
17th consecutive double-digit point performance by Kamiah Smalls who finished with 21 points
Eight threes' in the first half ties the school record for most made in the first half
JMU had a season-low one turnover in the first half
This marked the 20th consecutive home victory; fourth longest in program history
JMU had defeated all four CAA opponents by double-digits and three by 20 or more
The Dukes are 11-1 when leading at halftime.
Cooper-Williams recorded four blocks, all in the third quarter
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
What has helped me is the consistent encouragement from those closest to me. Even when I'm down on myself and it was just a good feeling today"- Lexie Barrier
"We're in a good spot, but we have a long way to go and it'll only get harder from here...I think this is very big win though and we're not even playing our best game and we're beating people by 20" – Kamiah Smalls
"Right now, we're playing well so our focus is just going into each practice that the next game is the biggest game of the season" – Jackie Benitez
"I don't know if she's [Lexie] going to go 10-18 I doubt anyone will get a win against us. Kamiah has been that consistent for us but she's getting 15,16 a game, but Lexie is that X factor. I was impressed with how she came out...she's worked hard for a game like this so I'm glad she got one. If we're making 13 threes, we're going to be extremely tough to beat" – Coach Sean O'Regan
"It's a glimpse of how good we can be. I still don't think we played a perfect game, but it's a glimpse." – Coach O'Regan
JMU will head back on the road to take on UNCW on Friday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m.