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Seahawks Defeated By Dukes In Finale

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Release: 03/02/2011
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Freshman Alisha Andrews scored 19 points as she became the program's single-season leader in three-point field goals made during the team's contest at James Madison Wednesday
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Freshman Alisha Andrews scored 19 points as she became the program's single-season leader in three-point field goals made during the team's contest at James Madison Wednesday

HARRISONBURG, Virginia -Senior forward Lauren Jimenez scored 25 of her career-high 31 points in the second half to lead James Madison to a 79-77 victory over UNC Wilmington in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball action Wednesday at the JMU Convocation Center.

The regular season finale for both schools, The Dukes improved to 23-7 overall and 16-2 in league play as they claimed the regular season title and secured the top seed for the upcoming Virginia 529 College Savings Plan Colonial Athletic Association Women's Basketball Championship, scheduled for March 10-13 at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md. The Seahawks closed out the regular season at 22-7 and 14-4 as they finished the regular season in a tie for second place with Old Dominion. The Seahawks will be the third seed in the championship and will face the winner of the Drexel/Towson contest in the tournament quarterfinals.

Jimenez was 7-of-8 from the floor and 11-of-12 at the charity stripe in the second half to power a JMU attack that shot 55.2 percent from the floor and 78.9 percent at the free-throw line in the final frame to overcome a four-point halftime deficit. Senior Dawn Evans added 18 points as she became the league's all-time leading scorer during the contest while sophomore Tarik Hislop chipped in 15 and senior Courtney Hamner added 12.

Junior Kristen Hanzer and freshman Alisha Andrews scored 19 points apiece for UNCW, who shot 53.4 percent for the contest, including 17-of-27 in the game's final 20 minutes. Andrews, the reigning CAA Rookie-of-the-Week, also added a career-high nine rebounds as she became the program's single-season leader in three-point field goals made with five made three-pointers in the contest.

Senior Brittany Blackwell added 16 points and senior Treasure Johnson pitched in 12 points off the bench, all of which came in the first half.

In a back-and-forth contest that featured a total of 14 ties and 11 lead changes, Jimenez scored six straight points to spark a 9-2 run with less than eight minutes remaining that erased a four-point deficit and gave JMU a 64-61 lead with 5:25 left in the contest.

The two teams traded baskets over the next 84 seconds until  a pair of three-pointers by Andrews highlighted an 8-4 Seahawks spurt that lasted 76 seconds and tied the game at 72-all.  

On the Dukes next possession, Evans converted a driving layup and free-throw for a conventional three-point play that gave JMU a 77-74 edge with just 1:22 remaining before junior Lauren Whitehurst was able to force a turnover on UNCW's ensuing trip down the floor to give the Dukes possession.

 Jimenez was fouled and made both free-throws to extend the JMU advantage to 79-74, only to see Andrews hit a deep triple from the right elbow with 36 ticks on the clock.

On its final possession, JMU was unable to get a good look at the basket as Evans was forced to throw up a desperation three-pointer from the right side that Andrews was able to rebound and race up court with before getting off a last-second heave from mid-court that failed to find the basket.

In the first half, a jumper by sophomore Brittany Gamby at the 6:23 mark sparked a 7-0 mini-run that gave the Seahawks a 28-19 advantage with just over two minutes left to play in the opening frame.

The Dukes responded to the spurt, scoring nine of the final 13 points of the half to make it a 32-28 contest heading into the locker room and continued their strong play early in the second half, opening the frame on a 13-5 run to take a 41-37 lead with 15:03 left to play.

UNCW fought back, scoring six unanswered points to start an 11-3 run that put the Seahawks ahead, 48-44, with 12:16 on the clock. The two teams would battle back-and-forth over the next four minutes until Jimenez would hit a pair of free-throws to start the Dukes 9-2 run.  

 

GAME NOTES:

  • The Seahawks moved to 9-48 all-time against James Madison as it also moved to just 3-24 against the Dukes in Harrisonburg.
  • UNCW's second-place finish in the CAA standings is the program's best finish in league play since joining the CAA in 1984-85. The 2002-03 and 1999-2000 squads both posted third-place finishes during their respective seasons.
  • UNCW shot above 50 percent from the field for the third straight contest and the 12th time this season. The Seahawks moved to 11-1 this season when shooting better than 50 percent from the floor.
  • The Seahawks matched a season low for steals as they were held to just four thefts against the Dukes. It marked just the sixth time this season that the Seahawks failed to record double-figure steals in a contest.
  • UNCW matched its season-high with eight three-point baskets in the contest, equaling the mark set at Georgia State on Feb. 6.
  • The Seahawks moved to 13-1 this season when scoring 70 or more points in a contest. UNCW suffered its first loss in a game in which it scored 70 or more points since suffering an 84-71 setback at Kent State on Dec. 20, 2009.
  • UNCW moved to 17-2 this season when holding a lead at the half. The Seahawks only other loss under such circumstances came in their 76-67 setback at Georgia State on Feb. 3.
  • The 51 points allowed by the Seahawks in the second half matched a season high in that category, equaling the total Ohio State scored in its 88-69 victory over the Seahawks on Nov. 28.
  • UNCW moved to 11-3 this season when having four players score in double figures. The Seahawks other losses under such circumstances came at Ohio State (Nov. 28) and at Georgia State (Feb. 6)
  • The Seahawks finished with double-figure assists for the 27th time this season as it dished out 15 helpers during the contest.
  • James Madison held a 19-7 edge in second-chance points, highlighted by a 14-2 advantage in that category in the second half.
  • UNCW's bench held a 17-3 advantage in points off the bench, highlighted by a 14-0 edge in that category in the first half.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES:

4 - Alisha Andrews

  • Reached double figures in scoring for the 15th time this season. Has scored in double figures in each of the last three contests. Led team in scoring for the third time this season.
  • Established a new program mark for three-point field goals in a season, eclipsing the old mark of 59 set by Jennifer Kapper during the 2001-02 season. Has made 60 three-point field goals this season.
  • Established a new career-high with nine rebounds, breaking old mark of seven set in the team's last contest against George Mason. Led team in rebounding for the first time in her career.

21 - Kristen Hanzer

  • Reached double figures in points for the 19th time this season and the 24th time in her career. Has scored in double figures in each of the last three contests.
  • Led team in scoring for the 10th time this season and the 11th time in her career. Team moved to 7-3 and 8-3 when leading them in scoring.

31 - Treasure Johnson

  • Moved into a tie with fellow senior Martha White for first place on the program's career games played list. Made her 122nd appearance in a UNCW uniform during tonight's contest.
  • Reached double figures for the fourth time this season and the second straight contest.
  • Moved into sole possession of eighth place on the program's career three-point field goals made chart with two threes against the Dukes. Has made 81 three-pointers during her career.

42 - Martha White

  • Moved into a tie with fellow senior Treasure Johnson for first place on the program's career games played list. Made her 122nd appearance in a UNCW uniform during tonight's contest.

45 - Brittany Blackwell

  • Reached double figures in points for the 26th time this season and the 100th time in her career. Has scored in double figures in each of the last 13 contests.
  • Moved into a tie for 10th place on the program's all-time assists chart with four assists against the Dukes. Is currently tied with Sharon McMillan for 10th place on the program's career list with 251 career assists.

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