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Junior guard Kirby BurkholderCourtesy: JMUSports.com
Women's Basketball Set for Thursday 7 p.m. Home Match Against Murray State
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:11/13/2012





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Thursday, Nov. 15 | 7:00 PM | JMU Convocation Center
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◊ Where: JMU Convocation Center, Harrisonburg, Va. (capacity: 7,156)
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11/23/99, Harrisonburg, Va.: JMU 68, Murray State 59

♦ The Racers were picked to finish fourth out of six in the west division of the Ohio Valley Conference behind Tennessee-Martin, Eastern Illinois and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.  They are off to a 0-2 start this season, falling 80-69 to Western Kentucky and 63-62 Indiana at home.  Last season, Murray State went 13-18 overall and 8-8 in OVC contests to finish fourth in the league.
The Racers return nine letterwinners, including four starters, from the 2011-12 squad.  So far this season seven different players have made the starting lineups. 
Returning this year is starting junior guard Erica Burgess.  She led Murray State in scoring last year with 16.8 ppg and was second in both rebounds (5.3 rpg) and steals (1.8 spg).  Through two games in the 2012-13 season, Burgess is averaging 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals each contest.  The Preseason All-OVC player is also shooting 87.5 percent from the free throw line.
Senior guard Mariah Robinson is currently leading the team in scoring and steals, averaging 16.0 ppg and 2.5 spg.  Last season, she led the Racers in made 3-pointers (2.5 per game) and steals (2.0).
Currently, Murray State opponents are grabbing six more boards per game than the Racers and shooting 47.6 percent from beyond the arc.  Murray State, however, is forcing opponents into 5.5 more turnovers per game and committing nine thefts each game.

The CAA Preseason No. 2 team, the Dukes are off to a 0-2 start for the first time since 2002-03.  It is the first time a team under the direction of head coach Kenny Brooks has started with two straight losses. 
The 65-60 home loss to Quinnipiac ended JMU's nine-game home winning streak as the Dukes had not lost at home since falling 72-65 against #15/16 Delaware on Jan. 29, 2012.  JMU last lost at home to an unranked non-conference opponent on Nov. 12, 2010, when Hampton defeated the Dukes 69-64.
Junior guard Kirby Burkholder is off to an electric start this season, putting up back-to-back 20-plus point scoring performances for the first time in her career.  On Nov. 9 at Virginia, Burkholder dropped a career-high seven 3-pointers en route to scoring 25 points, and on Nov. 11 versus Quinnipiac, she scored 24 points, including four 3-pointers.  She also put up her fourth career double-double game against QU when she grabbed a career-high 15 boards.
Redshirt senior forward Kanita Shepherd saw her first game action since Dec. 12, 2010, when she came off the bench at Virginia on Nov. 9.  She saw just her ninth career start when the Dukes returned home to host Quinnipiac on Nov. 11.  In two games this season, Shepherd is averaging 6.5 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game.
As a team, JMU is averaging nine more turnovers per game than opponents and holds just a one rebound advantage over opponents.  The Dukes are averaging three blocks per game to opponents' two while also averaging 35.9 percent of 3-pointers.

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