Stifling Defense Secures 56-48 Win over Drexel, Stretches JMU's Win Streak to Five

Published: Jan. 7, 2018 at 7:28 PM EST
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Stifling defense down the stretch sealed the 56-48 victory for James Madison women's basketball (8-7, 4-0 CAA) over Drexel (10-4, 2-1 CAA) on Sunday afternoon.

A 15-0 run by the Dukes over the heart of the third quarter gave JMU an 11-point lead, its largest of the day, with just over 1:45 left in the frame. The Dragons, however, were able to counter with a 12-4 run of their own to cut that lead back to a single possession (41-39) with 6:35 left in regulation.

The Dukes answered by making five of their final six field-goal attempts while keeping the Dragons off the board on their final four attempts from the floor.

As a team, JMU shot 38.5 percent and kept Drexel to 33.9 percent shooting, including 27.8 percent from 3-point range. Senior Hailee Barron led the Dukes in scoring with 13 points off a 4-for-7 performance from beyond the arc, including seven points during the 15-0 run that put JMU out in front for good.