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Retrievers Fall to James Madison, 74-61
Melissa Book was the Marlow Sports America East Player of the Game.
The game was tied, 6-6, after four minutes of play before the Dukes scored eight in a row to take a 14-6 lead at the 12:40 mark. But seven straight points by junior guard Chantay Frazier sparked an 11-5 UMBC run to close back to within two, 19-17, with 7:30 remaining.
The Dukes countered with a 10-2 run of their own to open up a 10-point lead with under three minutes to play in the first half before junior guard Morgan Hatten drilled a 3-pointer, igniting an 8-2 Retriever spurt to finish the first half which cut James Madisonís lead to four points, 31-27.
Frazier led all scorers with nine points in the first half and added a team-high five rebounds. Lauren Jimenez led JMU with seven points, while Colonial Athletic Association Preseason Player of the Year Tamera Young had a game-high seven rebounds to lead the Dukes, who posted 30 boards in the first half, including 15 on the offensive end, which led to 12 second-chance points.
After the Dukes jumped out to a 46-32 lead with a 15-5 run to open the second half, Book drained back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the deficit to single digits with 14:40 to play. But a 17-4 spurt by JMU put the game out of reach, 63-44, with 7:41 to play.
The Retrievers finished strong down the stretch, led by six points from junior center MacKenzie Butler and five each from Frazier and freshman guard Chelsea Barker.
Book and Frazier scored a team-high 14 points apiece, and Frazier finished with six rebounds.
Kisha Stokes led all scorers with 16 points for James Madison, and Young posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds and added five assists. Jimenez and Dawn Evans also scored 13 points each for the Dukes.
James Madison controlled the glass, out-rebounding UMBC, 58-25, with 29 offensive boards. The Dukes finished the game with 22 second-chance points.
Troubled by turnovers and poor shooting in their last game, the Retrievers improved on both counts, committing just seven turnovers and shooting 39.7 percent (23-for-58) from the floor, including 42.9 percent (9-for-21) from 3-point range. James Madison shot 40.3 percent (29-for-72) from the floor but just 21.1 percent (4-for-19) from long distance.
The Retrievers return to action Wednesday, Nov. 21, when they take on their second straight CAA opponent, George Mason, at 2 p.m. at the