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Women's Basketball Hosts NC A&T in WNIT 1st Round Thursday at 7 p.m.
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:03/19/2013


James Madison vs. North Carolina A&T
WNIT First Round
2013 Women’s National Invitation Tournament
Thursday, March 21 | 7:00 PM |
JMU Convocation Center
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◊ Tickets: Single-game reserved tickets are $13 and general admission tickets are $11.  Tickets for seniors, youth (5 & under) and faculty/staff are $8, and JMU students receive free admission with a valid JACard at door E.  Please click here for specific information.  
◊ Parking
: Free parking on first-come, first-serve basis.  Please click here for a parking map.
◊ Where
: JMU Convocation Center, Harrisonburg, Va. (capacity: 7,156)
◊ Multimedia:
>> Local Radio: WHBG 1360 AM (Harrisonburg, Va.)
>> Audiostream: MadiZONE on JMUSports.com (free; requires registration)

3/15/12JMU Convocation Center, Harrisonburg, Va.: JMU 64, Davidson 49

JMU has never played North Carolina A&T.

A member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), the Aggies earned the automatic bid to the WNIT after finishing in second place with a 13-3 league record and a 22-9 overall record.  A&T lost to Howard, 55-42, on March 15 in the semifinal round of the MEAC tournament.

When looking at common opponents, NC A&T holds wins over CAA members William & Mary (12/21/12, 85-78) and UNCW (1/3/13, 56-47) as well as at Liberty (12/15/12, 60-56).  The Aggies lost 76-63 at Richmond on Nov. 28.
Senior forward JaQuayla Berry leads the Aggies in scoring (12.3), rebounding (6.0), minutes (31.6) and steals (1.8).  Redshirt junior guard Amber Calvin is tied for tops in steals (1.8) and shoots a team-leading 41.8 percent from beyond the arc and 87.3 percent from the charity stripe.  Berry was named to the All-MEAC First Team this year while Calvin was named to the All-MEAC Third Team.
The Aggies will bring their own Rookie of the Year to the Convo on Thursday as redshirt freshman center Eboni Ross earned the honor for the MEAC this season.  Ross averages a team-leading 1.7 blocks and shoots 53.2 percent from the floor to post 8.0 points per game.  She also grabs 5.5 boards per game.
This season, A&T has averaged 61.7 points per game and only allowed opponents to knock down 54.2 points.  The Aggies shoot 42.0 percent from the floor, including 33.6 percent from behind the 3-point line.  They do, however, average just 35.5 rebounds per outing and commit 17.0 turnovers each game.


The Dukes finished the regular season second in the Colonial Athletic Association to receive the automatic bid to the WNIT.  JMU brings a 22-10 record into the WNIT after falling 50-34 to Drexel in the semifinal round of the conference tournament on March 16.

Junior guard Kirby Burkholder leads the Dukes with 8.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.  She is also shooting 38.6 percent from the floor, including a team-leading 34.1 percent from 3-point range and 88.7 percent from the free throw line, for 14.4 points per outing.  Burkholder was also named to the All-CAA First Team alongside senior guard Tarik Hislop.  Over the last five games, the junior has averaged a double-double with 10.6 points and 11.2 rebounds.
Over that same five-game span, sophomore forward Toia Giggetts has averaged 11.8 points per game on 67.6 percent shooting and pulled down 7.0 rebounds.  This season, Giggetts is posting 7.2 points on a team-leading 51.9 percent shooting and pulling down 6.4 rebounds.

The CAA’s Rookie of the Year, freshman guard Precious Hall, is dropping 9.6 points, committing 1.3 steals and snagging 3.2 rebounds per game.  She is also sinking 87.0 percent of her free throws and making 32.5 percent of her 3-point attempts.
JMU is averaging 67.2 points per game and 42.9 rebounds per game this season.  The Dukes hold the advantage in blocks per game (3.5), thanks in large part to the All-CAA Rookie honoree Jazmon Gwathmey, a redshirt freshman guard.  They also hold onto the ball compared to the Aggies, turning the ball over 13.4 times per game and allowing the ball to be stolen just 5.9 times per outing.
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