Dukes Win By 54 Points
Madison Overwhelms Maine, 88-34
HARRISONBURG — Kenny Brooks went casual Friday. The James Madison women’s basketball coach eschewed the suit that college coaches usually wear on the bench in favor of a tie-less look with a navy pullover.
Brooks might want to go casual more often.
The Dukes won their second straight game — and in a big way. They dispatched overmatched Maine by 54 points, 88-34, in front of 2,209 fans at the Convocation Center.
“It’s a relaxed look and maybe the kids relaxed,” Brooks said with a laugh. “Maybe I’ll do it again on Monday [against Georgia Southern]. Who knows?”
The 54-point win was the fifth-largest margin of victory in program history. JMU beat William & Mary by 54 on Feb. 13, 1987, and Virginia by 54 on Jan. 15, 1977. The Madison record for margin of victory is 67 points, set Dec. 7, 1996, against Maryland-Eastern Shore in a 95-28 win.
Friday, the Dukes (5-6) also tied the program record for most players to score double-figure points, with six. Senior point guard Tarik Hislop had a game-high 14, junior guard Kirby Burkholder had 13, freshman forward Destiny Jones had a career-high 12 and senior guard Jasmine Gill, sophomore forward Toia Giggetts and freshman guard Precious Hall each had 10.
The last time Madison had six scorers in double digits was March 4, 2004.
After winning two straight, JMU might finally be getting over a 3-6 start.
“It seems so to me,” said Maine coach Richard Barron, whose team is 1-10 and has lost seven straight since beating UNLV. “… Of course I’m going to feel that way after getting drubbed. I felt like they played well. I have watched them on film, obviously, and I thought they started to turn a little bit of a corner there with American [last Friday]. That second half, you could kind of see. I think they played extremely well this game. They got a great effort out of all their interior players, so they were a little more balanced in what they did.”
JMU took the lead for good on a Hislop free throw at the 13:17 mark and rolled from there. The Dukes shot 60.7 percent (17-of-28) in the second half and 48.5 percent (32-of-66) for the game. They out-rebounded Maine 43-26, while the Black Bears had nearly as many turnovers (29) as they had points (34), struggling with a stout JMU defense that scored a bunch of points in transition.
“I thought everybody was on the same page,” Hislop said. “And it showed in the stat sheets that we had six people in double figures, so we were just playing as a team, trying to find the open person and taking shots when we were open. I think it also started on the defensive end. Our defensive intensity was great tonight, I thought, and we feed off of that on the offensive end.”
JMU held Maine to just 14 baskets for the game and only four in the second half. The Dukes stretched their lead from nine to 27 during a nearly 12-minute stretch from late in the first half to the 12:16 mark in the second when Maine didn’t have a field goal.
From 10:06 to 4:22 in the second, JMU’s lead went from 27 to 46 thanks to a 21-0 run. The Dukes outscored Maine 48-10 in a second half in which the Black Bears shot just 19 percent (4-of-21).
“We weren’t that far off,” Brooks said of the slow start. “We were just getting some kids comfortable in their roles, and we didn’t jump out to a good start where we can have a stellar record, but I think our goals are attainable. We can still contend for a championship, as long as we continue to get better.”
Walczak 4-11 1-2 9, Wood 2-6 2-2 7, Heise 1-3 0-0 2, Weckstrom 0-0 0-0 0, Roberts 3-11 1-2 7, Mitrovic 0-0 0-0 0, Wells 0-2 0-0 0, Anderson 0-1 0-0 0, Assaf 0-2 0-0 0, Gustafsson 0-0 0-0 0, Bodine 1-6 0-0 2, Charles 2-2 0-0 5, Wellington 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 14-45 4-6 34.
Giggetts 3-5 4-4 10, Shepherd 2-5 2-2 6, Hall 4-8 0-0 10, Burkholder 4-13 2-2 13, Hislop 6-11 2-3 14, Gill 3-7 4-6 10, Jones 5-6 2-2 12, Ross 2-4 0-0 4, Gwathmey 3-7 2-2 9. Totals 32-66 18-21 88.
Halftime—James Madison 40-24. 3-Point Goals—Maine 2-17 (Wood 1-4, Heise 0-2, Roberts 0-4, Wells 0-1, Bodine 0-5, Charles 1-1), James Madison 6-14 (Hall 2-3, Burkholder 3-9, Hislop 0-1, Gwathmey 1-1). Fouled Out—none. Rebounds—Maine 26 (Walczak, Wood 5), James Madison 43 (Gill 8). Assists—Maine 10 (Weckstrom 4), James Madison 13 (Hislop 4). Total Fouls—Maine 16, James Madison 9. A—2,209.