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Women's Basketball Hosts JMU Invitational, Faces Ohio Dec. 29 at 2:30 p.m.
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:12/27/2013

JMU Invitational presented by Fairfield Inn
feat. JMU, Ohio, Norfolk State, UMBC
Tournament Central

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8-3 (0-0 CAA) Sunday, Dec. 29 | 2:30 PM
JMU Convocation Center (Harrisonburg, Va.)
4-5 (0-0 MAC)
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 Game Notes

Where: JMU Convocation Center, Harrisonburg, Va. (capacity: 7,156)
Single-day general admission tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and youth. Special family four packs are available each day for $28 (each ticket includes a concessions voucher for one hot dog and one drink.  Purchase tickets here.  Also, any valid ticket to the JMU Invitational may be traded in for general admission to the men’s basketball game vs. Ball State on Dec. 30 at 8 p.m.

Parking: General parking is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please see the game day parking map for more details.

Local Radio: WHBG 1360 AM (Harrisonburg, Va.)

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This will be the first meeting between JMU and Ohio University.
JMU has not faced Norfolk State since Dec. 21, 2004 at home (W, 69-48) and leads the series 7-5.
JMU last faced UMBC on Dec. 18, 2008 at home (W, 104-63) and leads the series 6-0.

• The Bobcats are coming off a 76-47 loss at East Carolina on Dec. 20, their fourth loss in five games.  They are 4-5 overall this season, going 2-3 in true road games and 0-2 in neutral-site games.
Ohio is being outscored this season by -10.2 points per game (62.3 to 72.6).  The only player averaging double digits is Kiyanna Black, who is putting up 12.7 points per outing.
Opponents are also winning the rebound game, snagging 5.3 boards per game more than the Bobcats (36.2 to 41.6).  Destini Cooper is their leading rebounder with 5.2 rpg, followed closely by Lexie Baldwin (5.0) and Quiera Lampkins (4.9).
At the charity stripe, Ohio is shooting 60.8 percent.  From the floor, the Bobcats are sinking 34.9 percent of their attempts.

The Spartans are 4-6 this season, including 0-3 away from their home court.  They have won two of their last three games, however, including a 116-40 win over Virginia University Lynchburg before their break for the holidays.
Three Spartans are averaging double digits this season, led by Rae Corbo’s 14.4 points per game.  Ebony Brown is scoring 11.8 points per outing and Rachel Gordon is averaging 11.6 points per game.
Gordon has led Norfolk State in rebounds each of the last nine games and she is averaging 13.5 boards per game.  The next closest Spartan in rebounds, Quineshia Leonard, is grabbing 5.4 per game.
As a team, Norfolk State is shooting 41.3 percent from the field while allowing opponents to score on just 35.7 percent of shots.
Norfolk State is committing 19.0 turnovers per game, with 11.0 coming on steals.  The Spartans’ opponents are turning the ball over 16.0 times per game and just 5.9 are coming on steals.


The Retrievers have compiled a 1-9 overall record this season.  Their lone win came against Eastern (Pa.) in their season opener on Nov. 11.  On Nov. 26, they dropped a road game at Towson 64-57.
Sara Tarbert leads UMBC in points per game (15.5), rebounds per game (7.5), assists (28) and free-throw percentage (.778).
Emily Russo has 15 steals this season, the most on the Retrievers roster.  Bridget O’Donnell leads the team with 10 blocks.
UMBC is scoring 14.8 fewer points than its foes, notching 50.6 ppg compared to 65.4 ppg.    The Retrievers are shooting better from the floor, however, sinking 39.7 percent of their shots (opponents shoot 37.8 percent).  Opponents are knocking down 13.2 free throws per game while UMBC is making 6.9 shots from the charity stripe each game.

The Dukes are 8-3 this season after falling 89-85 to Vanderbilt in overtime.  It was the Dukes’ first overtime loss since Jan. 28, 2010, snapping an eight-game win streak in overtime bouts.
Junior forward Toia Giggetts dropped a career-high 25 points on the Commodores including four of the Dukes’ eight overtime points.  She also tallied 14 rebounds, including nine boards on the offensive end.
Five Dukes have averaged at least 9.2 points per game in December, led by senior Kirby Burkholder’s 17.8 points per game with 7.4 rebounds per game.  Giggetts is second with 15.8 ppg and 7.0 rpg while redshirt junior Lauren Okafor has posted a third-best 9.8 ppg and 5.8 rpg.  Both sophomore Precious Hall and redshirt sophomore Jazmon Gwathmey have averaged 9.2 points per game this month.
Gwathmey has blocked 14 shots this month out of her 22 for the season, while Okafor has batted away nine of her 12 blocks this season in the final month of the year.  Overall, JMU is tallying 4.7 blocks per outing.

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