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12/01/11, Lynchburg, Va.: JMU 62, Liberty 58
♦ The Flames were picked by league coaches to win the Big South Conference for the 15th time in the last 16 seasons. They are the reigning Big South champions, coming off a 24-9 season that ended in a loss to No. 1 seeded-Notre Dame in the NCAA Championship. So far this season, Liberty holds a 4-3 overall record and a 1-0 conference record.
♦ Redshirt senior guard Devon Brown, a 2008 co-state player of the year from Waynesboro High School, returns to the area and is the Flames' lone selection to the Preseason All-Conference team. She is the team's leading scorer (18.3) and is tied for second in rebounds (6.6) and steals (7). Brown is dangerous from the charity stripe, making 34 of 39 baskets, and accounts for one-third of Liberty's made 3-pointers with 10.
♦ Redshirt senior forward Tolu Omotola is tied with Brown for the team's second-most rebounds (6.6). She is also the second-leading scorer (10.0) and has contributed seven blocks.
♦ Junior forward Jasmine Gardner, the third-leading scorer (7.3), leads the team with 7.9 boards per game.
♦ Liberty holds a 14.3 rebounding margin over opponents, pulling down 48.0 rebounds per game to 33.7 by opponents. The Flames, however, are committing 10.3 more turnovers than their opponents, including 6.4 more steals per game by the opposition.
JMU FAST BREAK
♦ Senior guard Tarik Hislop scored 22 points on Dec. 2 against Richmond to move into 10th place on JMU's all-time career list with 1,390 points. She is currently averaging 18.9 ppg to lead the team, and she has the second-most steals (10) and assists (19) for the Dukes.
♦ Senior forward Nikki Newman moved into sole possession of second place of JMU's career blocked shots list (120 blocks) when she knocked two away on Sunday afternoon vs. UR. She has 14 blocks to lead the team and is tied for the team-high in steals (11).
♦ Freshman guard Precious Hall scored a career-high 11 points against the Spiders in just 10 minutes off the bench. Fellow freshman guard Angela Mickens added a career-high eight points, with six of those points coming from the free throw line. Because of injuries, Mickens has only seen action in five games this season, but is averaging 4.6 points and 2.4 assists over an average of 17.8 minutes off the bench.
♦ The Dukes are currently pulling down 41.9 rebounds and are blocking 4.4 shots. JMU is averaging 7.4 steals, but is allowing 8.1 steals by opponents.