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◊ Where: JMU Convocation Center, Harrisonburg, Va. (capacity: 7,156)
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1/29/12 JMU Convocation Center, Harrisonburg, Va.: #15/16 Delaware 72, JMU 65
PLAY 4KAY presented by nTelos Wireless
◊ The Play 4Kay initiative, led by the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in partnership with WBCA and The V Foundation, raises awareness about breast cancer through the game of basketball. Coaches, athletes, staff and fans around the country unite to show their support for survivors, those who have lost the battle and the ongoing fight to find a cure.
◊ Free pink t-shirts will be available courtesy of nTelos Wireless and free pink ribbons will be handed out by JMU's Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. There will also be a health fair located on the concourse near E-Door. At halftime, one individual will compete in the nTelos Wireless Pink Out $hoot Out to win up to $1,000, with the winnings being matched by nTelos Wireless as a donation to Play 4Kay.
♦ The Blue Hens, 19-3 overall and winners of the last 14, are No. 20 in the AP poll and No. 23 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. According to the CollegeInsider.com mid-major poll, Delaware is ranked No.1.
♦ The reigning CAA champions enter Sunday 10-0 in the league and sit atop the conference standings. The Blue Hens have won their last 30 CAA regular-season games and their last 33 games overall against CAA opponents. JMU was the last league team to beat Delaware, when the Dukes won 67-61 in the 2011 CAA title game.
♦ Senior forward Elena Della Donne, a National Player of the Year candidate, leads the CAA and is second in the NCAA in scoring (24.9), although she does not qualify for the "official stats rankings" because she has not played in 75 percent of her team's games. Delle Donne has 2,657 career points and needs just 11 to break Dawn Evans' (JMU '10) CAA record of 2,667.
♦ Senior forward Danielle Parker is tied with Della Donne for team-leading rebounds, averaging 8.8 boards per game, and is fourth in the CAA. She also commits a team-leading 1.4 steals per game for the Blue Hens. Senior point guard Kayla Miller leads the league with a 2.4 assist-to-turnover ratio.
♦ As a team, Delaware tops the league in six categories: scoring defense (49.4), scoring margin (+16.1), field goal percentage defense (.326), rebounding offense (42.3), defensive rebounds (27.0) and rebounding margin (+7.2).
JMU FAST BREAK
♦ The Dukes are on an eight-game win streak and have won 12 of the last 13 games to move to 15-7 overall. JMU sits in sole possession of second place in the league standings with a 9-1 record and has a chance to pull into a tie for first with No. 20/23 Delaware when the Blue Hens come to town Sunday.
♦ Senior guard Tarik Hislop dropped 19 points on Feb. 7 against UNCW to improve her career scoring to 1,615 points. She now is fifth on JMU's all-time list, having passed Holly Rilinger's ('92-93, 94-97) 1,607 career points Thursday night. With her start on Feb. 7, she also tied Tamera Young's ('08) school record of 125 career starts in a JMU uniform. Currently, Hislop leads the team with a 16.2 scoring average (tied for fourth in the CAA) and 3.5 assists per game (fourth in the CAA). Her 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio is second in the league only to Delaware's Miller.
♦ Junior guard Kirby Burkholder is shooting a league-leading 91.7 percent from the free-throw line, having sunk 66-of-72 attempts this season. She is currently averaging 15.4 points per game, making 42.4 percent of her shots from the field, as well as grabbing a team-leading 7.8 rebounds and committing 1.9 steals. The junior needs just six points to reach the 800-point mark for her career scoring.
♦ Over the last three games, sophomore forward Toia Giggetts is shooting 52.2 percent from the floor and posting 9.3 points per game for the Dukes. She is also pulling down 8.0 rebounds, first on the team over the three-game span, and adding in one block per outing. For the season, Giggetts is averaging 5.5 ppg on 48.2 percent shooting with 5.4 boards and 0.6 blocks per game.
♦ JMU leads the league in scoring offense (68.8) and offensive rebounds (16.5). The Dukes are averaging 42.1 rebounds per game and are allowing CAA opponents to grab just 37.0 boards per outing.