JMU Uses Late Scoring Run to End Virginia's Season

By: Kristi Fulkerson Email
By: Kristi Fulkerson Email

March 25, 2012

James Madison (28-7) went on a 15-4 run to end the game Sunday, handing Virginia (25-11) a 68-59 loss in the WNIT quarterfinals. The win was the Dukes' eighth straight at home as they advance to the WNIT semifinals. They will host Syracuse on Wednesday March 28 at 7 p.m.

JMU sophomore Kirby Burkholder had a game-high 20 points, nine of those in the final four minutes of the game to put the Dukes ahead. Tarik Hislop added 17 points, Lauren Whitehurst had 14.

The Cavaliers made just 7 of 31 field goal attempts in the second half (22%). Senior Ariana Moorer scored a team-high 18 points in her final game for Virginia. Lexie Gerson netted 15 as the only other player in double figures.

Virginia led 33-27 at halftime when the Dukes came out of the locker room and quickly took the lead, using a 10-2 run to make it a 37-35 game. The Cavaliers controlled the tempo most of the afternoon with their defense and held a six point edge midway through the second half.

UVa led 55-53 with 4:12 remaining when Burkholder hit a three-pointer to put JMU ahead by one. After a missed shot and turnover, Burkholder scored on the Dukes' next possession, extending their lead 59-55 at the 3:29 mark. From then on Virginia was 1-for-8 from the field and committed two turnovers. The Cavs scored just four points down the stretch, a free throw from Simone Egwu and three-point play by Gerson.

Virginia ends their season with a 25-11 overall record, the most wins since a 25-9 mark in 1999-2000.

Senior Chelsea Shine set a school record Sunday after playing in her 136th career game at Virginia.

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