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Women's Basketball Welcomes Charleston for First-Ever Meeting Friday Night
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:01/30/2014

JMU Women's Basketball
Game 20 - Jan. 31
Daddy-Daughter Date Night

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(5-0 CAA)
Friday, Jan. 31 | 7 PM
JMU Convocation Center
(4-2 CAA)
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JMU Convocation Center, Harrisonburg, Va. (capacity: 7,156)
General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and youth.  Purchase tickets here.

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 time James Madison and Charleston face each other.

• After a tough win against Delaware last Sunday, the Cougars come in to Friday night’s game with a CAA record of 4-2 and an overall record of 11-8. Their start includes a 5-6 record overall away from TD Arena.
Senior guard Afreyea Tolbert is the leading scorer for the Cougars with 14.3 points per game. She also leads Charleston in rebounds per game (8.7), which ranks third in the CAA.
Senior guard Alyssa Frye is the second-leading scorer for the Cougars, averaging 14.1 points per game.  She takes 62.4-percent of her shots from beyond the arc, making 31.4-percent of her 3-point attempts.
The Cougars lead the league in rebounding offense (44.5 rpg), including a CAA-leading 28.2 defensive rebounds per game. They also lead the CAA in turnover margin (+3.5), committing 15.3 per game while opponents commit 18.8 turnovers per competition.
Charleston ranks second in the CAA in scoring offense with an average of 68.5 points per game. 

• The Dukes return to the court for a rare Friday-evening game after a 77-41 win at UNCW on Sunday, Jan. 26. The 36-point win tied for JMU’s third-largest victory this season and is the largest margin-of-victory for the Dukes in CAA play.
JMU has won its last five games to move to a 5-0 mark in CAA play and a 15-4 overall record.  The 5-0 start in league play is the best start for the Dukes since starting 15-0 in 2006-07.  After finishing the regular season 16-2 that year, JMU advanced to the CAA title game (a 78-70 loss to ODU) and was an at-large selection to the 2007 NCAA tournament.
Redshirt senior Nikki Newman and senior Kirby Burkholder are currently eighth and ninth on the JMU career rebound chart, having pulled down 772 and 771 respectively.  Assistant coach Jennifer Brown (JMU ’08) holds the No. 7 position with 779 career rebounds.
Newman ranks 16th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio with a conference-leading 2.75 mark between assists (3.47) and turnovers (1.26) per game.
Nationally, the Dukes are ranked in the top-17 in six categories: ninth in 3-point field-goal defense (26.1%), 12th in rebound margin (+10.1), 15th in blocked shots per game (5.4) and scoring defense (56.7), 16th in scoring margin (+16.9) and 17th in field-goal percentage defense (35.2%).

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