HARRISBONBURG, Virginia -Senior guard Tarik Hislop poured in a game-high 19 points to lead James Madison to a 74-43 victory over UNCW in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball action Thursday at the JMU Convocation Center.
The Dukes improved to 16-8 overall and 9-1 in CAA play as they won their eighth straight contest. The Seahawks, meanwhile, slipped to 2-19 and 1-9 as they suffered their eighth straight setback.
Hislop was one of three JMU players to reach double figures as freshman Precious Hall added 15 and junior Kirby Burkholder pitched in 10. Freshman Jazmon Gwathmey pulled down a game-high nine rebounds as the Dukes held a 41-31 advantage on the glass.
Freshman Dana Brown tallied nine points and senior Karneshia Garrett pitched in eight for UNCW, who was limited to just 32.8 percent (15-of-46) shooting for the game, including a 6-for-24 effort from the floor in the first half.
Trailing 10-6 early, a 3-pointer from Hislop at the 13:37 mark sparked a 16-2 spurt that lasted 5:37 and gave the Dukes a 22-12 advantage.
A pair of free throws by Garrett at the 6:46 mark ended the JMU run and started a 7-2 UNCW spurt that pulled the Seahawks within five, 24-19, only to see Hislop spark another JMU run as her 3-pointer with 4:49 on the first-half clock set in motion an 18-0 spurt that lasted more than eight minutes and put the Dukes in front, 42-19, with 16:35 remaining.
JMU would maintain a comfortable margin the rest of the way, taking advantage of a 22-5 later in the frame to build its largest lead of the evening, 70-35, with 2:22 on the clock. The Seahawks would tally eight of the final 12 points to determine the final 31-point margin.
JMU returns to action Sunday as it hosts No. 20 Delaware in a 2 p.m. start. UNCW's contest at Northeastern, scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m., has been postponed due to inclement weather expected in the Northeast this weekend. A makeup date has not yet been determined.
James Madison increased its lead in the all-time series to 51-9 as the Dukes won its fifth straight against the Seahawks. UNCW moved to 3-26 in 29 visits to the JMU Convocation Center.
All 16 players to play in the contest scored at least one point and pulled down at two or more rebounds during the game.
Both teams shot 80 percent or better from the free-throw line as UNCW was 8-for-10 (.800) at the charity stripe while JMU knocked down 20-of-24 (.833) attempts from the line. It marked the third straight contest and the sixth time this season that the Seahawks have shot better than 70 percent at the free-throw line.
The 31-point margin matched the eighth largest margin of defeat for the Seahawks since the start of the 2000-01 season, equaling a 77-46 setback at Radford on Dec. 29, 2007.
UNCW has held below 50 points for the seventh time this season and the first time in five games (39 points at Delaware on Jan. 24).
UNCW was out-rebounded for the 17th time this season and moved to 0-17 when its opponent finishes with more rebounds. It also marked the third straight game and the 12th time this season that an opponent has out-rebounded the Seahawks by double figures.
The Seahawks shot below 40 percent from the floor for the 15th time this season and moved to 0-15 when doing so. James Madison finished the game shooting 41.0 percent (25-of-61), becoming only the seventh UNCW opponent to shoot 40 percent or better from the field against the Seahawks this season.
UNCW committed 20 or more turnovers for the sixth time this season and second time in three games. James Madison only committed nine turnovers, becoming the sixth UNCW opponent to finish with fewer than 10 turnovers against the Seahawks this season.
The Seahawks failed to have a player reach double figures in points for the first time this season.