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Kanita Shepherd scored a season-high 10 vs. Mason.Courtesy: Photography/JMU Athletics Communications
Women's Basketball Returns Home for Sunday TV Bout with Hofstra, 5:30 p.m.
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:01/25/2013
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Hofstra at James Madison
Sunday, Jan. 27 | 5:35 PM |
JMU Convocation Center
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THE BASICS
◊ Tickets: Tickets range in price from $7-10.  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: *Game to be televised on CSN-MA, CSN-NE, SNY, TCN-P*
>> Local Radio: WHBG 1360 AM (Harrisonburg, Va.)
>> Audiostream & Videostream: MadiZONE on JMUSports.com (free; requires registration)

EXTRA, EXTRA: Duke Dog Reading Day
Sunday's match-up against Hofstra marks the first of two Duke Dog Reading Days with JMU women's basketball, presented by Bruster's and O'Neill's Grill.
The Duke Dog Reading Program, in its 24th year, encourages reading by area elementary school students. 
Some 14,000 student readers from 33 schools in 10 school systems (Augusta, Frederick, Greene, Page, Rockingham and Shenandoah counties and the cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro and Winchester) participated in the program, and more than 4,000 students met the reading goals and are eligible to attend the designated games.
Students are given a set number of books to read over the course of four weeks.  Those who complete their reading goals are rewarded with a voucher for a scoop of ice cream from Bruster's Real Ice Cream in Harrisonburg and tickets for themselves and two others to the designated JMU women's basketball games.  There is also a halftime recognition (to be held at the March 3 George Mason game) for the top three reading schools, and the classes that reach 100% participation receive a poster autographed by the JMU women's basketball team.
The success of the program has garnered national attention.  In June 2007, the Duke Dog Reading Program was identified by the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators as the Gold Winner of the single day attendance promotion for women's basketball.
The program traditionally draws large crowds, and in 1996-97 a Convocation Center-record 6,500 fans attended the Jan. 17 game with Old Dominion.  Last year's two games drew season-highs of 5,179 (Feb. 26 ODU) and 4,637 (Jan. 29 Delaware) fans, ranking number five and 12, respectively, among all-time home attendance in JMU history.

LAST MATCH-UP
2/23/12 JMU Convocation Center, Harrisonburg, Va.: JMU 80, Hofstra 61  

SCOUTING HOFSTRA
After a 1-7 start to the season, the Pride has won seven of its last eight games to move to 8-8.  Hofstra is 4-1 in Colonial Athletic Association play, with its only loss coming 59-53 at first-place Drexel on Jan. 17.
A preseason All-CAA First Team selection, senior forward Shante Evans leads the Pride with 16.9 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per game, having tallied a CAA-leading eight double-doubles this season.  In league play, she is shooting 59.6 percent from the field and 73.1 percent from the free-throw line.
Sophomore guard Andreana Thomas is leading the Pride and the CAA in assists per game (6.1), dishing out 97 this season.  Her assist average is the 20th-best in the country, and her single game career-high of 13 is tied for third-most in a game in the NCAA this season.
Hofstra leads the CAA in steals per game, averaging 11.6 thefts per game.  Many of those are credited to senior forward Candace Bond, who is committing 3.3 steals each game to lead the team and the league as well as rank 20th in the nation.

JMU FAST BREAK
♦ After a 71-55 win at George Mason on Jan. 24, the Dukes have won their last four and eight of their last nine to improve to 11-7 this season and 5-1 in conference action.  JMU is third in league standings, behind Drexel (6-0) and Delaware (5-0).
♦ Freshman guard Precious Hall is making a case for CAA Rookie of the Year as she averages 13.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.3 steals per game when facing conference opponents.  Hall also had a career night against Mason when she posted career highs with 20 points and seven steals, adding in six rebounds. Her seven steals set a JMU freshman record, with the previous record of six shared by four players (last achieved by Kia Cole, 1997-98).
♦ Senior guard Tarik Hislop leads the Dukes with 16.2 ppg and 3.6 apg while junior guard Kirby Burkholder is tops on the team with 7.9 rpg and 92.2 percent from the charity stripe, which leads the CAA and is eighth in the nation.  On Jan. 24, Burkholder sank four 3-pointers, moving into sixth all-time at JMU with 143 career makes from beyond the arc.  She passed 2008 JMU graduate Tamera Young, who had 142 made 3-pointers in her career as a Duke.
♦ Since beginning conference play, JMU has increased its rebounding margin over opponents from 3.2 to 6.7.  The Dukes are also holding opponents to an average of 51.3 points per game after allowing opponents an average of 61.4 points per game in non-conference play.


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