Smalls taking control for Dukes

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Junior guard Kamiah Smalls has led the James Madison women's basketball team to a 4-0 start in Colonial Athletic Association play.

Smalls and the Dukes have won six straight games, improving to 12-3 overall.

The junior from Philadelphia, PA was named as the CAA Preseason Player of the Year and she's been JMU's best player this season and perhaps the top player in the conference to this point.

Smalls is averaging a team-best 18.1 points per game which ranks fourth overall in the CAA. She has scored in double figures in every game during the 2018-2019 season while dropping 43 combined points in JMU's recent home wins over Hofstra and Northeastern.

Smalls' impact on the game goes beyond scoring. She is grabbing 5.5 rebounds per game while also taking control of tempo, especially when the Dukes are on offense.

"That's the biggest key to the game, that's how you win basketball games," said Smalls. "You have to be in control of the game to win game...I think that I have come a long way since my freshman year with taking control and seeing everything in a much slower motion on the floor."

Smalls and the Dukes hit the road for a pair of games this weekend. JMU visits UNCW for a 7 p.m. tip-off Friday before a 2 p.m. start Sunday at College of Charleston.