Sydney Moss, a daughter of star NFL receiver Randy Moss, had 27 points and nine rebounds Saturday as Florida edged James Madison 85-80 in a Women's National Invitation Tournament quarterfinal in Harrisonburg.
It was the first home loss for JMU in 17 NCAA tournament or NIT games, though Tarik Hislop led the Dukes with 26 points.
In a fast-paced game, January Miller’s basket gave the Gators the lead to stay at 81-80.
JMU’s Jazmon Gwathmey grabbed an offensive rebound but missed two free throws with 27 seconds remaining, and the Gators' Jaterra Bonds went 4-for-4 on free throws in the late stages — sandwiching those foul shots around a missed 3-pointer by Hislop.
The Dukes, who lose just two seniors (Hislop and Kanita Shepherd), finished 25-11, their eighth consecutive season with at least 24 victories.
The Gators (22-14) advance to a semifinal Wednesday in the 64-team event. They will play at JMU's CAA rival Drexel (26-10), which shut down Auburn in the first half and went on to beat the host Tigers 56-43.
Hollie Mershon scored 19 points for the Dragons, which scored 10 consecutive points for a 10-5 lead and never trailed again. It was 30-12 at halftime, and 47-26 was the biggest lead for Drexel, which specializes in tempo control, half-court offensive efficiency and hard-nosed defense.
Auburn thus finished at 19-15 in its first season with Hampton native Terri Williams-Flournoy as coach, improving from 13-17 last year.
"We're a much better team than we showed," Williams-Flournoy said, echoing the comments of many Drexel opponents.
VCU sharpshooting senior Troy Daniels was selected to play in the Reese's College All-Star Game in Atlanta during the Final Four weekend.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun