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On Dec. 4, senior Nikki Newman sank a team-high 3 3-pointers against Liberty.Courtesy: Photography/JMU Athletics Communications
Women's Basketball Hits the Road to Take on Duquesne this Sunday at 2 p.m.
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:12/13/2012



James Madison at Duquesne
Sunday, Dec. 16 | 2:00 PM |
A.J. Palumbo Center
Live Stats | Duquesne Audiostream | JMU Audiostream

◊ Tickets: Tickets range in price from $3-$5.  Please click here for specific information.
◊ Parking: Charges may apply in Forbes Garage.  Please click here for a parking map.  Street parking is available.
◊ Where: A.J. Palumbo Center, Pittsburgh, Pa. (capacity: 4,406)
◊ Multimedia: *Local Radio and MadiZONE broadcasts will be DELAYED on Sun., Dec. 16*
>> Local Radio: WHBG 1360 AM (Harrisonburg, Va.)
>> JMU Audiostream: MadiZONE on JMUSports.com (free; requires registration)
Duquesne Audiostream: Red Zone Media on RedZoneMedia.com (free)

1/3/12, JMU Convocation Center: JMU 56, Duquesne 49

Picked to finish fourth in the Atlantic 10, the Dukes are off to an 8-1 start, including victories over Liberty and then-No. 17 Delaware (who was without star player Elena Della-Donne).  Their only loss was to No. 21 North Carolina (62-58) in the quarterfinal round of the Preseason WNIT.  Duquesne is winning by an average of 14.4 points per game and allowing opponents less than 50 points per game (49.6).
The Dukes have received votes in the two latest AP Top 25 Polls and is riding a seven-game win streak.  According to ESPN's Charlie Creme's Dec. 10 "Bracketology", Duquesne is a projected nine seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Junior forward Wumi Agunbiade, recently named College Sports Madness A-10 Player of the Week, leads the team in scoring (13.4), rebounds (7.9) and blocks (12).  She also leads the team in free throws, sinking 27 of 47.
Senior guard Jocelyn Floyd currently leads the team in minutes per game (29.6), field goal percentage (47.8), assists (34) and steals (49).  She is second in rebounds per game (7.0).
Duquesne is holding opponents to 20-percent shooting from three-point land, allowing just 2.4 made shots from beyond the arc each game.  The Dukes boast a turnover margin of 7.3 and are committing 14.4 steals per game.  They are only allowing opponents to commit 8.1 steals per game.

When the only two schools at the NCAA D1 level with the nickname "Dukes" take the court on Dec. 16, JMU will have gone 12 days between games and Duquesne will have gone eight.  JMU has played in two games in 72 hours twice this season and three in 72 once.
JMU is currently ranked No. 19 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll.  Only one other Colonial Athletic Association team is ranked in the poll (No. 4 Delaware).  Two of the Dukes' first six mid-major opponents are ranked (No. 2 Green Bay, No. 18 Quinnipiac) and one received votes in this week's poll (Liberty).
Through Dec. 12, the Dukes' first eight opponents hold a 50-23 (.685) record.  In the Dec. 10 edition of Bracketology with Charlie Creme (ESPN), three of those teams are projected to make the 64-team field of the NCAA D1 Tournament: Virginia (#8, Oklahoma City Region), Quinnipiac (#14, Bridgeport Region) and Liberty (#15, Spokane Region). 
Senior forward Nikki Newman has improved her scoring average over the last four games (6.4) and scored a season-high 10 on Dec. 8 against Liberty.  She leads the team in blocks (14), contributing 1.8 blocks per game.  As a team, the Dukes are blocking 4.5 shots per game while opponents are only blocking 2.6.
Sophomore forward Toia Giggetts is 8-of-8 from the charity stripe this season and 10-of-10 dating back to March 25 of last season against Virginia in the WNIT Quarterfinals.  It is the longest current streak for the Dukes.

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