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12/29/11, Bethlehem, Pa. (Lehigh Christmas City Classic): Richmond 74, JMU 66
RICHMOND SCOUTING REPORT
♦ The Spiders were selected to finish second in the Atlantic 10 Conference this season after tying for fourth in 2011-12. Richmond sits at 4-4 on the season, including a 2-1 showing in the Cancun Challenge. The Spiders, however, have not yet won a true road game (0-2) in 2012-13.
♦ Junior forward Genevieve Okoro, the team's leading rebounder from 2011-12 and lone preseason all-conference second team honoree, suffered a season-ending injury at the Cancun Challenge when she tore her ACL in the closing minutes of Richmond's game against Wichita State. Before being sidelined, Okoro was averaging 11.0 rebounds per game, ranking second in the A-10 and 25th in the nation. From the field, she was second on the team with an average of 10.3 points per game.
♦ Redshirt senior guard Rachael Bilney currently leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.6 points per game and knocking down 42.4 percent of her field goals. A preseason all-conference third team honoree, Bilney has contributed 12 steals already this season. Junior guard Becca Wann, a fellow third team selection, is tied for the team lead with 21 assists.
♦ Junior guard Kristina King holds the other share of that team-leading 21 assists and leads in steals with 13. She is second on the team in scoring (11.4 ppg), with those coming primarily from the free-throw line. King is tied for 30th in the nation in free-throw percentage, currently shooting 92.3 percent from the charity stripe after knocking down 36 of 39 free throws this season.
♦ This season, Richmond is turning the ball over three more times a game than opponents. The Spiders have given the ball up an average of 20 times each game, including having 9.5 balls stolen from them each time. On the flip side, they are pulling down five more boards a game in comparison to their opponents.
JMU FAST BREAK
♦ The Dukes went 2-1 in the Cancun Challenge to even their record at 3-3, including an 89-86 overtime victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay. The Phoenix were ranked No. 1 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll last week while JMU ranked No. 20. It was the first overtime victory for the Dukes this season, who last played extra minutes in an 84-76 win over Wake Forest in the 2012 WNIT second round. JMU has won the last eight contests that went into overtime.
♦ Senior guard Tarik Hislop earned ESPN's national women's basketball Player of the Week honors as well as Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week honors when she recorded her first two 30-point performances at the Cancun Challenge, including a career-high 32 points against Green Bay. Her 74 points from the tournament moved her into 11th place on the JMU career points list (1,368), and she is just 12 points away from the top 10. Currently, Hislop leads the Dukes in points (110), points per game (18.3), made field goals (42), free throw attempts per game (5.5), made free throws per game (3.8) and minutes per game (35.7).
♦ Senior forward Nikki Newman blocked six shots in the Cancun Challenge, keeping a career-high five from seeing net against Green Bay, bringing her career total to 118. She is third all-time in blocked shots at JMU and needs just two more for sole possession of second place. Her season average is 2.0 blocks per game.
♦ JMU is blocking nearly twice as many shots as its opponents this season. While the Dukes are averaging 4.3 bpg, only 2.2 of their shots are being batted away. Madison, however, has allowed opponents to get to the charity stripe 152 times this season. The Dukes have only made it to the free-throw line 126 times.