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We’re Going To The CAA Championship

15 May

The baseball game today had an abrupt stop. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t hear any horn indicating that there was lighting. When the big storm came by, we assumed that the game was over. My dad and I even went back home. When we saw that the rain stopped and JMUSports said that the game was going to start up again, we went back to the ballpark. On our way there, we got the great news that the game did start back up. We got there at the bottom of the third inning.

We missed what Towson did at the top of the third. Did I care? No. I was just glad we got their just in time to see the Dukes bat.

In the fourth, JMU finally got on the board on a SAC fly by Cole McInturff. JMU went into the fifth up by two. Towson cut the lead in half in the top half of the fifth, and that was the closest JMU have ever been to almost losing. The Dukes scored three runs in the fifth. In the sixth, they scored six runs. The rest was history.

JMU got the 11-1 victory and a spot in the CAA tournament. Also, Old Dominion lost their game today, so JMU is now tied for first in the CAA.

This was a good way to end their season at home. Now, we’ll see how the rest of the season (and the CAA tournament) plays out.

Their next game is Tuesday at Radford. First pitch at 6pm.

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May Madness!

14 May

The JMU Lacrosse team had a really good season, but they couldn't pull it off against Princeton (Courtesy: JMUsports.com)

Well… yeah, it’s been a while since I my last post. Just to prove how long it’s been, let me recap on what’s happened since then. The JMU women’s basketball team lost its first round game against Oklahoma, VCU made it to the final four, UConn won the national championship,  the MLB baseball season started, Michigan lost the national championship game in hockey, Animal Kingdom won the Kentucky Derby and US Navy SEALs  killed our worst enemy. Yeah, a lot has happened.

Anyway, the JMU lacrosse team played the first game of the national championship against Princeton. Now, JMU has had a lot of experiences with Princeton in the past. Historically, we haven’t been doing too well against Princeton. However, we have had some good wins against the Tigers recently, including a 10-5 victory last March.

The game didn’t start out to well for the Dukes, with Princeton getting a quick 4-0 lead. Yeah, that kept us JMU fans pretty silent. However, we didn’t give up hope. We soon found ourselves leading 7-5 over the Tigers. We were back into the game. The half ended 7-7 and we were really excited.

The second half was a lot tougher. Princeton’s great speed kept us from getting the ball too much. However, we still kept it pretty close. We tried really hard to come back after Princeton was leading 11-9. We scored a goal, but we couldn’t get the tieing goal. The Dukes had two really good chances to tie it up, but the Princeton goalie saved them both. The Dukes lost 11-10. A really tough loss to swallow.

I can’t really say who did the best, but one player who did really well was Ashley Kimener, who scored three goals.

I know it’s been a while and I should have been keeping track of things. Well, better catch up now than never.

“Ladies and Gentleman, the time has come”

20 Mar

The time has come. For the 2011 Women’s Basketball Tournament. Well, technically, it started yesterday but, today is the Dukes’ first game in the tournament.

The 11th seed Dukes playing against the 6th seed Oklahoma Sooners.

The Dukes are huge underdogs, as they should be. On ESPN’s Tournament Challenge, only 10.6% of people chose JMU to advance to the round of 32. Even President Obama chose the Sooners to come out on top. So, obviously, JMU has a lot to play for.

However, the Dukes have some pretty solid advantages.

1. Location– This game is at Charlottesville, which is only an hour from Harrisonburg. That means the Dukes will probably have a pretty good crowd advantage. Even though Oklahoma is considered the home team, JMU has the advantage being an hour away. If JMU fans from Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, and all over Virginia make it out to the game, the Dukes will have a big crowd advantage.

2. Oklahoma struggles on the road– The Sooners are 5-8 on the road. Most of those losses on the road were more than ten points. What do you make of this? Well, there’s one team traveling half across the country and another only taking an hour trip. Combined with the crowd advantage, the Sooners could struggle.

3. Points and rebounds- Dawn Evans, for us, is like Jimmer Fredette for BYU. Jimmer Fredette doesn’t play the game by himself and neither does Evans. While Evans does provide a lot of points, she can’t do everything. All five starters have something to show. As for rebounds, Lauren Jimenez is who you look for. In most games, she led the team in rebounds. Rebounds are just as important as points. So, it’s good that we have someone who can get rebounds.

Now, I’m not saying Oklahoma has nothing to show. Remember, Oklahoma are still the heavy favorite. However, if JMU could use their advantages, it could help them a lot.

 

The Dukes Lose One In The CBI

15 Mar

Well, JMU didn’t make the NIT, however, they did make a championship called the CBI. Now, what the hell is the CBI?

Once again, coming from Michigan, I didn’t know much about the small things like BracketBusters or the CBI.

Anyway, the Dukes made it and their first game is against Davidson. JMU had a great start and a terrible end to this season. So, you would hope that the Dukes would do well here. Well, that didn’t happen.

To tell you the truth, I didn’t really watch a lot of the game. When I first put it on, it was tied 25-25. So, naturally, I assumed they were having that first half struggle that has plagued them for the whole season. So, I didn’t really worry.

I changed the channel and continued searching. Then, I came back a little bit before halftime and it the half ended 44-32 Davidson. I’m wondering what the hell happened.

I came back again during the second half and it was 67-45 and this was mid-second half. So, between the end of the first half and about ten minutes into the second, JMU only scored 13 points.

The final score was 85-65, our worst loss since the Feb. 24th game against Old Dominion (75-59).

We end our season 21-12 overall. It’s not a bad record, but it’s still disappointing when you see how we started.

Devon Moore led the team in points with 14 and Denzel Bowles led the team in rebounds with 9.

CAA Champions…Again

13 Mar

Dawn Evans led the Dukes to their sixth CAA title (Courtesy: JMUsports.com)

After winning a CAA championship last year, the women’s basketball team comes back to win another CAA title.

The season started a little rough, but their amazing performance in CAA play made the Dukes a heavy favorite to win the CAA title. Now, they’ve won their sixth CAA title and is now on the road to another appearance in the NCAA tournament.

This is a JMU team that was ready and willing for this game and it shows.

However, it wasn’t easy. It seemed like late in the second half, Delaware was about to come back. JMU was still able to hold them off and secure the win and the CAA title.

Dawn Evans led the game with 24 points and Lauren Jimenez led the game in rebounds with 14.

Now, we’re headed to the NCAA tournament. The big question is: Who will we play? Well, we’re going to find out Monday night.

I want to see the Dukes make it past the first round of the tournament.

Congrats on the CAA title and good luck in the NCAA tournament. Go Dukes!!

 

We’re Going To The Finals

12 Mar

After a pretty easy win against Georgia State, the JMU Women’s Basketball team heads to the semifinals against VCU.

This was a game of ups and downs. However, we were able to come on top and get the 67-57 win to get a spot in the championship game.

JMU never let up the entire game. Even when they were down by 7 late in the first half, they still didn’t give up. They were down by five at halftime. However, the game was not over yet.

In the second half, JMU fully exploded and they were able to secure a 67-57 win.

In this crazy day of nothing but basketball, I’m glad it can start off with a good note. There’s a whole bunch of great games to come.

The Dukes are now heading to the finals. They will be playing either Delaware or UNCW, which are teams that JMU shouldn’t have a problem with.

Evans led the team in points with 2. Taylor and Jimenez led in rebounds with 10.

Cheer for the Dukes tomorrow in the CAA finals. We need this win more than ever.

 

A Terrible Loss At Richmond Plus A Look At The CAA Women’s Basketball Tournament

4 Mar

 

Devon Moore led the Dukes in points in today's disappointing loss against William and Mary (Courtesy: JMUsports.com)

ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME? Coming off a win against VCU, I thought the Dukes had a fighting chance against the Tribe. JMU has beaten them once on the road and had probably the worst home loss they’ve ever had this season. I thought JMU might be over what has setting them back this season.

 

Now, it’s obvious that the Dukes have no chance at making it to the NCAA tournament. Now, I starting to doubt if they’ll make it into the NIT. I still say the Dukes have a slight chance. However, losing the first game of the conference tournament is going to put us on the bubble for the NIT.

The leading scorer is Devon Moore with 22 points.

Now, only time will tell if the Dukes season ends here.

Now that we talked about that, let’s take a quick look at the 2011 CAA Women’s Basketball Tournament

The women’s team has a really big chance to win the CAA tournament and make it into the NCAA tournament. The conference championship begins next Thursday. However, since the Dukes are #1 in the CAA, they won’t play on Thursday. Instead, their first game is next Friday. They play the winner of the Georgia State/George Mason game.

It’s a pretty safe bet that JMU will beat either of these two teams.

There’s also a really big chance that the Dukes will make the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row.

So, my prediction is that JMU will win the CAA tournament and go to the NCAA tournament.

Anyway, good luck Dukes!