James Madison 67, Old Dominion 53
Dawn Evans scored 25 points and James Madison beat Old Dominion
67-53 Sunday to win the Colonial Athletic Association tournament
The Dukes (26-6) won the league’s automatic NCAA tournament bid
for the first time since 1989, and ended a streak of seven losing
trips to the title game since then.
Old Dominion (18-13), which had its NCAA-record streak of 17
consecutive tournament titles end last season with a loss to Drexel
in the semifinals, trailed most of the game. The Lady Monarchs
closed within five with 7:24 remaining, but got no closer.
Lauren Jimenez added 13 points and eight rebounds for James
Jasmine Parker led Old Dominion with 15 points and Tia Lewis had
Evans, who also had seven assists, finished off what may have
been the decisive play of the game. Lewis had rebounded her own
miss and was preparing to shoot again when the Dukes’ Nikki Newman
ripped the ball from her hands and sent Evans in for a layup to
make it 60-49.
Only moments before, Old Dominion had finished a 17-3 burst
featuring seven points by Lewis and six by Parker, turning a
19-point deficit into a crowd-quieting 54-49 game.
Evans’ breakaway basket capped a 6-0 spurt for the Dukes that
settled them down, and Old Dominion was forced to rush its shots
the rest of the way as it sought quick points.
The Lady Monarchs shot under 34 percent and missed 9 of their 17
free throw tries.
Earlier, consecutive baskets by Tarik Hislop and Evans gave the
Dukes a 51-32 lead with 12:55 to play, and James Madison seemed
poised to put the game away in front of its crowd.
But a driving bucket by Parker and Lewis’ putback sparked the
5-minute run for the Lady Monarchs, and James Madison helped out by
missing several shots from in close. Jimenez ended the drought by
scoring inside and adding two free throws before Newman’s critical
The Dukes led 43-29 at halftime after closing with a 9-3 burst.
Evans started it with a 25-foot 3-pointer, and finished it with
consecutive feeds to Jimenez inside.
James Madison scored 14 points in a row after an opening
3-pointer by Parker for the Lady Monarchs. Old Dominion missed its
next 11 shots after the 3 with three turnovers.
Old Dominion closed to 16-11, but back-to-back 3s by Evans
started a 10-2 run for the hosts.