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Women's Basketball Opens New Year with Trip to #10 North Carolina
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:01/01/2014

JMU Women's Basketball
Game 14 - Jan. 2

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#10 North Carolina

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10-3 (0-0 CAA) Thursday, Jan. 2 | 2 PM
Carmichael Arena (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
11-2 (0-0 ACC)
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Where: Carmichael Arena, Chapel Hill, N.C. (capacity: 6,822)
General admission tickets are $8 for adults.  Purchase tickets here.

Parking: Public parking options for women’s basketball games include the Raleigh Road Visitor lot, the Bell Tower Deck and the Bowles Lot. Regular parking rates of $1.50/hour apply for the Rams Head Parking Deck. Please see the game day parking map for more details.
Local Radio: WHBG 1360 AM (Harrisonburg, Va.)

> JMU Audio: MadiZONE HD SportsNet, presented by the JMU Alumni Association, on JMUSports.com (free)
> UNC Video: GoHeelsTV, a paid-subscription service ($9.95/month)

Nov. 23, 1980 – Harrisonburg, Va. (Godwin Hall) – North Carolina 100, JMU 59

• The 10th-ranked Tar Heels have won six straight to improve to 11-2 with a 6-2 mark in Carmichael Arena. They last played on Dec. 21 with a 103-71 win over High Point.
Four players are averaging more than 12 points per game for UNC led by Allisha Gray’s 15.2 points per game. Diamond DeShields chips in 15.1 per game while Stephanie Mavunga averages 14 per contest. Xylina McDaniel has scored 12.4 per game in 12 starts and 13 games played.
North Carolina pulls in 47.2 rebounds per game while giving up 38.1 boards per contest. They hold a +9.1 advantage on the glass.
The Dukes and Tar Heels have played twice, but not since 1980. Each team has won once with the last meeting going to UNC in a 100-59 victory in Harrisonburg.

The Dukes are 10-3 on the season after winning both games of the JMU Invitational. They have won five of six and are a perfect 4-0 in true road games this season.
Senior guard Kirby Burkholder (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) was named the Most Valuable Player of the JMU Invitational and CAA Player of the Week for her performance in the two-game event. She scored 40 points, adding 19 rebounds and six assists in the tournament. The CAA preseason Player of the Year had her fifth double-double of the season with 18 points and 14 rebounds in the win over Ohio.
Joining Burkholder on the All-Tournament team were redshirt-junior center Lauren Okafor (Hamden, Conn./Hopkins School (Providence)) and junior forward Toia Giggetts (Norfolk, Va./Lake Taylor). Giggets scored 23 point and pulled in 12 weekends in a pair of starts while Okafor had 18 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks in 33 minutes off the Madison bench.
In the win over Ohio on Sunday, JMU set a Convocation Center record with 11 blocks. Okafor led the way with four rejections while redshirt-sophomore guard Jazmon Gwathmey (Bealeton, Va./Liberty) had three blocks.


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