HARRISONBURG, Va. – Alyssa Frye became just the tenth CofC player in the D-1 era to score over 1,000 career points and Mikaela Hopkins scored in double figures for the second consecutive game, but it wasn’t enough as the conference leading Dukes of James Madison University ran away, 92-59, on Friday night in front of 2,556 fans at the JMU Convocation Center.
The Cougars (11-9, 4-3) had three players in double-figures and forced 16 turnovers, but a 49.3% shooting display from the Dukes (16-4, 6-0), including 12 of 22 from three-point land gave James Madison an unassailable advantage.
The early stages of the first half were entertaining as both teams shot the ball very well from the floor. After the Dukes jumped out to an early, 7-1 lead following a deep triple from CAA preseason player of the year Kirby Burkholder, the Cougars clawed their way back in to the game with back-to-back buckets from junior center Mikaela Hopkins (Augusta, Ga.). While the Dukes continued to shoot the ball well, senior guard Alyssa Frye (Chester, Va.) kept the College in it, knocking down three consecutive treys and a pull up jumper to keep the Cougars within striking distance, 29-19, with 9:40 left in the half.
The Dukes weathered the storm, going up by as many as 19, before senior point guard Jill Brown drained a late three-pointer to bring the Cougars back to within 16, 50-34 at the half.
The second half was a battle early, but the Dukes steadily stretched their lead to 33 despite quality performances from Hopkins, Frye and Afreyea Tolbert (Teaneck, N.J.), eventually walking away with a 92-59 victory.
Next up for the College is a Sunday matchup with William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., with tip off set for 2 p.m.
• Friday’s contest was the first meeting between the two teams
• Alyssa Frye now has 1,006 career points, the tenth most in the school’s division-1 history. She passed Debbie Throwbridge (1993-97) who had 936.
• Frye in now averaging 2.7 three-pointers per game this season.
• Jill Brown continued to add to her treasure trove of dimes on Friday, dropping another 7. She now has 521 for her career – the most in school history.
• The College’s had 13 bench points on Friday and scored 24 of their 59 total points in the paint.
POST GAME QUOTES:
College of Charleston Head Natasha Adair
On her team’s performance…
“I thought James Madison did some things very well tonight. On our end, Mikaela Hopkins now has two straight games in double figures and Alyssa Frye – now she’s a 1,000 point scorer. For us, we’re disappointed, but we have a lot of basketball still to play and that’s what I told my team. This was like a championship environment, but now it’s time to go back in to the gym and work. Our next game is our biggest game and you can’t let what happened tonight effect the next one. You grow and you move on.”
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