JMU women top UVA 61-55 in WNIT second round

The following comes directly from James Madison University:

HARRISONBURG, Va. – James Madison women’s basketball used a 10-0 run across the final 1:33 to rally for a 61-55 win over in-state rival Virginia in the second round of the Women’s NIT on Sunday afternoon at the JMU Convocation Center.

The Dukes (26-8) trailed 55-51 before redshirt senior guard Precious Hall knocked down a pair of free throws with 93 seconds to play, then drilled a straightaway three-pointer to take a 56-55 lead with 54 seconds on the clock. She took a charge on the ensuing Cavalier (20-13) possession to prevent UVa from scoring.

JMU forced misses on each of Virginia’s (20-13) final three shots, hitting seven of its 10 free throws over the final minute and a half to close out the contest.

Hall led the way throughout for the Dukes, racking up a game-high 28 points, four boards and a pair of steals in 36 minutes. The senior tallied 18 of her points after halftime, including a perfect 8-of-8 performance from the free throw line in the second half.