HARRISONBURG, Va. — The University of Maine committed a season-high 29 turnovers and allowed James Madison to shoot 49 percent from the floor Friday night as the Dukes breezed to an 88-34 women’s basketball victory at the Convocation Center.
James Madison (5-6) used a 12-0 run in the first half to build a lead that reached 16 points by halftime, then the Dukes manufactured two 16-0 scoring surges in the second half to put the game out of reach.
The taller hosts also dominated the rebounding, grabbing a 43-26 advantage on the boards that included 17 offensive rebounds. James Madison also outscored UMaine 18-4 from the foul line.
“This is a terrific program. Give them a lot of credit,” coach Richard Barron told the Black Bear Sports Network. “They’re talented, they’re good.”
The Black Bears (1-10) suffered their seventh consecutive loss. UMaine’s extensive turnovers helped paved the way for the Dukes to attempt 21 more field goals in the contest.
The Bears’ 34 points were their lowest output of the season, while the 88 points by James Madison were the most UMaine has allowed this season.
“We picked up a lot of fouls and of course every time we fouled, that would set up the press,” Barron told the Black Bear Sports Network.
Sophomore forward Danielle Walczak led UMaine with nine points and five rebounds, all of which came in the first half. Freshman Liz Wood provided seven points and five rebounds, but committed eight turnovers.
Junior Ashleigh Roberts added seven points and freshman Chantel Charles netted five for the Bears, who shot 31 percent (14-for-45) from the floor.
Tarik Hislop paced a balanced scoring effort for the Dukes with 14 points and also posted four assists. Kirby Burkholder (6 rebounds) scored 13 points and Destiny Jones netted 12 points, while Jasmine Gill (8 rebounds), Toia Giggetts and Precious Hall connected for 10 points apiece.
James Madison shot 32-for-66 from the field.
“I still felt like we gave a decent physical effort throughout the game, but the competitiveness, the mental toughess that we need, we just don’t have right now to weather those kind of defensive storms,” Barron said.
UMaine returns to action Sunday with a 2 p.m. game against Towson University of Baltimore, which is also a member of the Colonial Athletic Association.