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Lady Monarchs Slip Past James Madison, 75-73

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: January 09, 2004
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Jan. 9, 2004

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HARRISONBURG, Va. - Myriah Spence's 10-foot jumper with 8.6 seconds left lifted Old Dominion (2-0, 7-5) to a 75- 73 win over James Madison (0-2, 4-8) in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball Friday night at the JMU Convocation Center.

ODU, which had trailed by seven with 11 minutes to play, used an 18-7 scoring run to take a 69-65 lead with 5:32 remaining. Spence started the run with back-to-back three- pointers at 10:12 and 9:38, and Monique Coker scored six of ODU's 18 in that spurt.

With the Monarchs up 71-67 after Coker hit two free throws at 4:49, JMU freshman Meredith Alexis connected on two free throws at 1:53 to cut the lead to 71-69. On ODU's next possession, Coker's jumper rolled off the rim. Alexis got the rebound, and freshman Lesley Dickinson drove the length of the court for a layup at 1:29 that tied the game at 71-71.

Spence's 12-foot jumper at 1:06 gave ODU a 73-71 lead. JMU failed to score on its next possession, but ODU's Shareese Grant missed the front end of a 1+1 free throw with 48.3 seconds left. JMU controlled the rebound, and freshman Shirley McCall scored on an offensive rebound with 27 seconds to tie the game at 73-73.

Following Spence's go-ahead basket in the waning seconds, a short jumper by McCall at the buzzer fell short.

JMU held a 38-34 halftime lead and had been up by as many as nine (28-19 at 7:16) in the first half. The Dukes' biggest lead of the second half was seven, on three occasions in the first 8:25.

Coker, who was nine-for-11 at the foul line, finished game- highs of 21 points and nine rebounds and was one of four ODU players in double figures. Spence had 18 points, Max Nhassengo 17 and Grant 10.

JMU red-shirt junior Mary Beth Culbertson came off the bench to lead the Dukes with a career-high 20 points, 15 of which came on three-pointers. Dickinson scored 18 and had a game- high seven rebounds and a career-high six assists. McCall finished with 12 points.


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