WEST VIRGINIA 67, JAMES MADISON 55
MORGANTOWN, WV – West Virginia scored the first 15 points of the second quarter to grab early control of its Round 3 game against JMU, then used a 9-0 run to start the fourth quarter to subdue the Dukes and advance to the quarterfinals of the 2018 Postseason WNIT.
The Mountaineers will host St. John’s on Sunday in the next round.
West Virginia (24-11) actually had a 3-minute scoring drought of its own in the second quarter, and the Dukes (23-11) got it back to a nine-point deficit by the break. In the third quarter, things got tight – Kelly Koshuta’s layup for JMU tied it at 42-all with 3:11 in the frame, WVU got a 3-pointer from Chania Ray, and JMU took a 46-45 lead on two free throws by Logan Reynolds with 1:36 left. However, West Virginia took the lead back on a three-point play from Naomi Davenport at 1:21 of the third quarter.
In the fourth, WVU eased ahead, taking a nine-point lead again (57-48) on a 3-pointer from Katrina Pardee. The Dukes cut it to 60-55 on a 3-pointer from Kamiah Smalls with 1:14 left in the contest, but JMU went cold from the field the rest of the way, while West Virginia got two free throws from Ray and four from Pardee to seal the result.
The Mountaineers were cold from 3-point range early and it didn’t get much better by the end of the game (5-for-19 overall), but JMU also struggled there, going 4-for-23. West Virginia was a solid 16-of-20 from the free-throw line.
Kristina King had 17 points and six rebounds, and Pardee added 16 points. Teana Muldrow had nine points and 10 rebounds, while Davenport closed with 10 points and nine rebounds.
For JMU, Koshuta had 22 points and nine rebounds, with Smalls chipping in with 10 points.