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Liberty grad Jazmon Gwathmey honored as an anchor of James Madison’s stifling defense

Thursday, Mar. 13 | By Jeff Malmgren

James Madison's Jazmon Gwathmey ranks second in the Colonial Athletic Conference with 1.7 blocks per game. --Courtesy photo
Liberty High graduate Jazmon Gwathmey was one of two James Madison women’s basketball players named to the Colonial Athletic Association all-defensive team at the conference’s banquet Wednesday in Arlington.

A redshirt sophomore, Gwathmey helped make James Madison the best defensive team in the CAA this season. She ranks second in blocks among conference players, helping the Dukes win the CAA regular season championship by leading the conference in almost every team-defense statistical category.

Gwathmey averages 1.7 blocks per game and her 50 blocks is the fifth-highest single-season total in James Madison history.

As a team, James Madison leads the CAA in blocks (6.0 per game) scoring defense (55.5), defensive rebounding (28.3), field goal defense (34.5 percent) and 3-point defense (24.5).

The Dukes’ Nikki Newman also made the all-defensive team by being named Defensive Player of the Year.

Offensively, Gwathmey ranks fifth in the CAA in field goal shooting at 45.9 percent and second in free throw shooting at 83.6 percent. Plus, she ranks 20th with 9.7 points per game and 20th with 5.0 rebounds.

Last season, Gwathmey made the conference’s all-rookie team after leading the Dukes with 34 blocks.

This season, James Madison finished the regular season with a 15-1 record in the CAA and a 25-5 mark overall, and it will enter the CAA championships as the No. 1 seed. The Dukes will play Friday at noon in the quarterfinals against the winner of a first round game between No. 8 William and Mary and No. 9 UNC-Wilmington.

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