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CAA Defensive Player of the Year Nikki Newman has not lost in CAA Tournament play (6-0).Courtesy: Cathy Kushner/JMU Athletics Communications
Women's Basketball Opens Play Friday in CAA Tournament Quarterfinals
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:03/08/2012
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HARRISONBURG, Va., March 8, 2011 -- The James Madison women's basketball team has won the last two Colonial Athletic Association championships.  Can the Dukes three-peat?

JMU, the tournament's number two seed, will take its first step toward a possible third CAA title Friday (March 9) when the Dukes play in a 5 p.m. quarterfinal game at The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md.

The Dukes face number seven seed George Mason, a 70-60 winner over 10th-seeded Northeastern in a first-round game Thursday.

When:  Friday, March 9, 5 p.m.
Where:  The Show Place Arena (capacity 5,000), Upper Marlboro, Md.

Audio:
  WHBG ESPN 1360 AM, Harrisonburg, Va. | MadiZONE on JMUSports.com
Video: 
MadiZONE subscriber video (CAA production)
TV: Comcast via CSN-MA, CSN-NE, TCN-P, CSS-Atlanta
Live Stats

JMU's CAA Tournament game vs. George Mason will be available via MadiZONE free audio, and video of the Dukes' quarterfinal game on Friday, March 9, at 5 p.m. will be available for MadiZONE subscribers.

Scouting George Mason
About George Mason:
  Located in Fairfax, Va.... enrollment 32,562.

Home Court:  Patriot Center (10,000)

Conference Affiliation:  CAA member... picked to finish fifth in 2012.

Coach:  Jeri Porter (Liberty '91), 42-78 in four George Mason seasons and 199-206 in 14 career seasons

Record & Seed:  15-15 overall, 8-10 CAA regular season... #7 seed

Players to Watch (stats are from regular season):
Taleia Moton... 5-6 redshirt-senior guard... All-CAA First Team...team-high 20.7 ppg (ranked No. 3 in CAA, No. 12 in NCAA)... holds school season scoring record of 600 points

Amber Easter... 6-0 junior guard/forward... 11.6 ppg, team-high 6.8 rpg

The Series

JMU leads the series 51-20, and the Dukes have won the last 15 meetings.

This Season's First Meeting
Feb. 5, 2012, JMU 49, George Mason 45
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Scouting JMU

Coach: Kenny Brooks (JMU '92), 221-93 in 10 JMU and career seasons

Record:
23-6 overall, 14-4 CAA | Complete Results

Players to Watch:
Tarik Hislop
... 5-7 junior guard... All-CAA Second Team... team-high 14.7 ppg, team-high 3.7 assists per game

Kirby Burkholder... 6-0 sophomore guard... All-CAA Third Team... 10.5 ppg, 6.9 rpg, team-high 1.8 steals per game

Lauren Whitehurst... 6-2 redshirt-senior center... CAA All-Defensive Team... 9.0 ppg, team-high 7.3 rpg, team-high 1.8 blocks per game

Nikki Newman... 6-2 junior forward... CAA Defensive Player of the Year... team-high 7.6 rpg

Jasmine Gill... 6-1 redshirt-junior guard... 10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg... preseason All-CAA Honorable Mention

Last Time Out:  JMU closed out regular-season play with a 66-54 win at George Mason.  
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The Series
JMU leads the series 51-20, and the Dukes have won the last 15 meetings.

This Season's First Meeting
Feb. 5, 2012, JMU 49, George Mason 45
  MORE

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