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Lauren Whitehurst had a game-high 11 rebounds in JMU's WNIT win over South FloridaCourtesy: Cathy Kushner/JMU Athletics Communications
Virginia Coming to Convo to Face Dukes in WNIT Women's Basketball Quarterfinal Game Sunday
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:03/25/2012

HARRISONBURG, Va., March 23, 2012 - Don't miss another round of March Madness and Madison Madness Sunday at the JMU Convocation Center when James Madison hosts Virginia in a 2 p.m. Women's National Invitation Tournament quarterfinal-round basketball game.

Available in advance or at the door.  Doors open at 1 p.m.  JMU Season Ticket Holders Click Here for Advance Tickets
Ticket Prices:  Reserved $13 | General Admission $11 | Youth, Senior Citizens, JMU Faculty/Staff $8 | JMU Students Free (present JAC card at door E)| Virginia Students $4 (enter through door E)| JMU Student Duke Club FREE with membership card

GAME 34:  JMU vs. Virginia
  Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m.
Where:  JMU Convocation Center (capacity 7,156), Harrisonburg, Va.
  WSVA 550 AM, Harrisonburg, Va. | MadiZONE on JMUSports.com
Video:  MadiZONE subscriber video
Live Stats

The Series:
Virginia leads 14-6 including a 59-53 win over the Dukes on Dec. 20 at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.... JMU coach Kenny Brooks has 2-2 record vs. the Cavs... 98-52 loss on 12/29/04 at UVa... 75-73 win on 12/6/09 at UVa... 82-80 win 12/20/10 at JMU...59-53 loss on 12/20/11 at UVa.
Scouting Virginia:
About Virginia:  Located in Charlottesville, Va.... enrollment 21,049.

Home Court:  John Paul Jones Arena (14,593)

Conference Affiliation:  Atlantic Coast Conference member... finished fifth in the ACC... beat 11th-seeded Boston College (72-41) in the first round of the ACC tournament before falling to third-seeded and eventual ACC Champion, then No.6 Maryland (70-58).

WNIT:  Received at-large bid.  Results:  Defeated Howard (59-56 OT) in the first round, Richmond (68-55) in the second round, and Appalachian State (74-58) in the round of 16, all in home games.

Coach:  Joanne Boyle (Duke '84), 25-10 in first Virginia season; 227-103 in 10 career seasons

Record:  25-10 overall, 7-4 on the road... beat Appalachian State (74-58), Richmond (68-55), and Howard (59-56 OT) to reach the WNIT quarterfinals

Players to Watch:
Ariana Moorer... 5-7 senior guard... 2012 All-ACC Second Team... 2011 ACC Sixth Player of the Year... team-high 14.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg

Ataira Franklin... 5-11 sophomore guard... 2011 ACC All-Freshman Team... 2012 All-ACC Honorable Mention... 12.6 ppg

Lexie Gerson... 5-11 junior guard... 2012 ACC All-Defensive...team-high 3.14 steals per game (14th NCAA)

Scouting JMU

Conference Affiliation:  Colonial Athletic Association member... finished second in 2012... beat No. 7 seed George Mason (64-54) in the quarterfinal round before falling to No. 3 seed Drexel (67-50) in the tournament semifinals. 

WNIT:  Qualified as the top finisher in the CAA to not advance to the NCAA Tournament (CAA champion Delaware was league's lone representative in NCAAs).  Results:  Defeated Davidson (64-49) in the first round, Wake Forest (84-76) in the second round and South Florida (72-45) in the third round. 

Coach:  Kenny Brooks (JMU '92), 225-94 in 10 JMU and career seasons

Record:  27-7 overall, 14-4 CAA | Complete Results

Players to Watch:
Tarik Hislop
... 5-7 junior guard... team-high 14.8 ppg, team-high 3.55 assists per game... All-CAA Second Team

Kirby Burkholder... 6-0 sophomore guard... 11.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, team-high 1.8 steals per game... All-CAA Third Team

Lauren Whitehurst... 6-2 redshirt-senior center... 9.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg, team-high 1.7 blocks per game... school season blocks record (58)... CAA All-Defensive Team.

Nikki Newman... 6-2 junior forward... team-high 7.8 rpg... CAA Defensive Player of the Year

Jasmine Gill... 6-1 redshirt-junior guard... 9.6 ppg ... preseason All-CAA Honorable Mention

Of Note:  This marks the seventh straight year that JMU has won at least 24 games and has advanced to postseason play... JMU's seven consecutive postseason tournament appearances include NCAA tournament games in 2007, 2010 and 2011 and WNIT play in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

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