Harrisonburg, Va.- Senior forward Shante Evans picked up her ninth double-double of the season as Hofstra built an early second-half lead, but two double-digit James Madison runs in the period spurred the Dukes to an 85-62 victory over the Pride on Sunday night in a Colonial Athletic Association matchup at the JMU Convocation Center.
Evans scored 11 points and added 12 rebounds while fellow senior
Candace Bond netted her first double-double of the season and the second of her
career with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Despite four players in double figures, Hofstra
dropped to 8-9 overall and 4-2 in league play. JMU's Kirby
Burkholder compiled 28 points and eight rebounds, Tarik Hislop tallied 20 points
and Precious Hall contributed 16 points to lift JMU to 12-7 and 6-1.
Hofstra built a 46-42 lead on junior Anma Onyeuku's jump shot almost two minutes into the second half. But JMU scored the next 12 points, holding Hofstra scoreless for nearly six consecutive stretch. During that time, the Dukes forced five straight missed field goals to build a three-possession lead.
Bond gave Hofstra some late life when her jumper cut the deficit to 56-50. But the Dukes again showed quick-strike capability, going on a separate 15-0 run punctuated by Hall's free throws put the game out of reach.
Onyeuku (11 points) and junior Annie Payton (13 points) also scored in double figures for Hofstra, marking the fifth time the Pride had that many players crack 10 points in a single game. Bond set a season high in rebounds and finished just two shy of her career high of 14 that came versus Marist on Dec. 22, 2011.
Evans registered her 59th career double-double, which is the most among active Division I players. The two-time All-America selection pushed along in her quest to become the first 2,000th point scorer in program history. The West Chester, P.A. native has 1,900 career points.
A back-and-forth first half featured strong individual shooting efforts from both sides. Burkholder drilled all four of her three-point attempts in the opening period, tallying 16 points to put the Dukes ahead 40-37 at halftime.
But Payton gave Hofstra a boost off the bench, knocking down a pair of three-pointers in scoring 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting. Bond nearly posted her first double-double of 2012-13 in the first half alone, racking up eight points and nine rebounds before the intermission.
Hislop gave the Dukes a boost right before halftime, dribbling down the game clock on the final possession before going coast-to-coast and connecting on a bank shot at the buzzer for the three-point JMU lead. Hofstra is 1-6 when trailing at halftime this season.
Evans entered the contest with three more double-doubles than the next-closest player in the CAA, leading Towson's Tanisha McTiller, who has five. Evans also leads the league with her 10th game of double-digit rebounding.
Hofstra will return home on Thursday to face George Mason. Game time at the Mack Sports Complex is set for 7 p.m.