James Madison beat Old Dominion for CAA title

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.