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Release: 02/16/2012
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Junior Jessica Freeman was one of three UNCW players to score 11 points in the Seahawks 62-53 loss at James Madison on Thursday
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Junior Jessica Freeman was one of three UNCW players to score 11 points in the Seahawks 62-53 loss at James Madison on Thursday

HARRISONBURG, Virginia -James Madison shot 51 percent from the field and limited UNCW to just 28.4 percent shooting as it posted a 63-52 victory in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball action Thursday at the JMU Convocation Center.

In the lone regular-season meeting between the two programs, the Dukes picked up their fifth straight victory to improve to 20-5 overall and 11-3 in league play. The victory also kept the Dukes in sole possession of second place, two games ahead of third-place Drexel and Hofstra. The Seahawks, meanwhile, slipped to 15-10 and 8-6 and they suffered their second straight setback.

Sophomore Kirby Burkholder tallied a game-high 18 points on a 6-of-8 effort from three-point range and junior Tarik Hislop chipped in 17 to power a JMU attack that converted 26-of-51 field goal attempts for the game. Senior Kiara Francisco joined the duo in double figures with 10 while junior Nikki Newman pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds as the Dukes enjoyed a 44-32 advantage on the glass.

Juniors Jessica Freeman and Karneshia Garrett and sophomore Abria Trice all scored 11 points for UNCW, who converted just 19 of its 67 attempts from the floor, including a frigid 9-of-38 effort in the first half. Garrett also grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season.

JMU came storming out of the gate, knocking down seven of its first nine field goal tries, including a pair of three pointers from Burkholder, to take an early 16-4 lead. UNCW was ice-cold during the stretch, making only one of its first eight tries from the field, a backdoor layup by sophomore Alisha Andrews at the 15:19 mark.

The Dukes continued their strong shooting through the remainder of the first half, using an 11-5 spurt later in the frame to build a 14-point advantage, 31-17, before the two sides would exchange baskets over the remaining five minutes to give JMU a 33-22 advantage at the break.

UNCW scored the first five points of the second half to trim the JMU to seven, 33-27, only to see a Whitehurst jumper ignite the Dukes to a 14-2 run and their largest lead of the game, 47-29. Burkholder was once again served as the spark, converting a pair of three-point field goals, while three other players combined to tally the other eight Duke points during the pivotal sequence.

The Seahawks would counter the JMU run, tallying 14 of the next 20 points to pull within nine, 52-43, with 6:01 on the clock.

That would be as close as UNCW would get, as a three by Newman sent the Dukes on a 9-2 run that would give them a 16-point cushion with 3:36 on the clock. The Seahawks would tally seven of the last nine points to determine the 11-point margin.

Both teams return to action Sunday with CAA road contests. UNCW is at William and Mary, while JMU travels to Northeastern. Tip off for both games is set for 2 p.m.


  • The Seahawks fell to 9-49 all-time against the Dukes, including a 3-25 mark in games played at the JMU Convocation Center.
  • UNCW was held below 30 percent shooting from the floor for the third time this season (Drexel, Delaware). It also mark the 12th time this season the Seahawks shot below 40 percent from the floor, moving the team to 3-9 this season when that occurs.
  • The Seahawks matched a season low with 10 turnovers, equaling their mark set in their 69-64 victory at Northeastern on Jan. 26.
  • UNCW was held below double-figure assists for just the second time this season (Delaware) as it finished with only nine assists against the Dukes.
  • The Seahawks failed to record double-figure steals for the ninth time this season and the sixth time in the last nine games as it finished with just seven thefts.
  • UNCW was held below 60 points for the 10th time this season and moved to 3-7 in such contests. The Seahawks have lost their last three games when being held to 59 points or fewer.
  • The Seahawks held a 24-22 edge in points in the paint and a 19-11 advantage in points off turnovers.
  • UNCW never led in the contest, marking the fifth time this season that a Seahawks opponent has led wire-to-wire.
  • The Seahawks were out-rebounded for the third-straight contest and the 18th time this season. The 44-32 margin marked the 10th time this season that UNCW's opponent has out-rebounded them by double figures.


10 - Abria Trice

  • Reached double figures in points for the 11th time this season. Has scored in double figures in five of the last six contests.

24 - Jessica Freeman

  • Reached double figures in points for the ninth time this season and the 19th time in her career.

40 Karneshia Garrett

  • Reached double figures in points for the 11th time this season.
  • Pulled down double-figure rebounds for the fifth time this season.
  • Posted her fifth double-double of the season and the second double-double in the last five games.
  • Led team in rebounding for the 14th time this season.