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Kirby Burkholder is 22 points from 1,000 for her career.Courtesy: Photography/JMU Athletics Communications
Women's Basketball Clashes with Florida in WNIT Quarterfinals, Sat. 4 p.m.
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:03/29/2013
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James Madison vs. Florida
WNIT Quarterfinals
2013 Women’s National Invitation Tournament
Saturday, March 30 | 4:00 PM |
JMU Convocation Center
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THE BASICS
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◊ Where
: JMU Convocation Center, Harrisonburg, Va. (capacity: 7,156)
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LAST YEAR’S WNIT QUARTERFINALS
3/25/12JMU Convocation Center, Harrisonburg, Va.: JMU 68, Virginia 59

PREVIOUS MEETINGS with FLORIDA
11/22/80 – Harrisonburg, Va.: Florida 85, JMU 60

SCOUTING FLORIDA
The Gators are 21-14 overall and made it to the 20-win mark after three WNIT wins.  Florida entered the SEC tournament as the No. 9 seed after compiling a 6-10 league record and advanced to the quarterfinals to face No. 1-seed Tennessee. They fell 82-73 to the Lady Vols.

Florida opened the WNIT with a 75-68 win at FIU on March 21 before dispatching Winthrop 85-53 on March 25 to reach the Round of 16.  The Gators defeated Charlotte 67-65 on March 27 with a last-second shot, earning the trip to Harrisonburg.  They have played every WNIT game on the road.
The game-winning shot against Charlotte came from the hands of junior guard Jaterra Bonds, who leads Florida with 12.9 points per game.  She is also averaging 77.3 percent from the charity stripe.  A native of Gainesville, Fla., she is no stranger to the Dukes’ line-up as she played for the Florida Essence AAU program—the same program that JMU freshmen and Florida natives Destiny Jones and Precious Hall played for in high school.
The lone senior on the Florida roster, forward Jennifer George, is tied with freshman guard Sydney Moss for second-most points per game with 11.2.  George and Moss are also the one-two leaders in rebounds (7.8 rpg, 6.7 rpg) and steals (2.0, 1.4).  George is the team leader in blocks (1.7) while Moss is the team leader in assists (3.8).
All of the Gators who see playing time are averaging double-digit minutes.  Bonds leads the pack with 33.7 minutes per game while junior center Vicky McIntyre is at the low end with 13.5 minutes.  The other seven Gators see the court an average of 16.3 minutes to 28.1 minutes per game.
Florida is 26th in the nation in scoring, averaging 70.5 points per game this season.  The Gators are allowing opponents to post 64.7 points for a +5.9 scoring margin.  They also hold a +3.4 advantage in rebounding, pulling down 40.7 each game, and a +0.7 advantage in turnovers, giving the ball up 17.0 times per outing.

JMU FAST BREAK
JMU finished the regular season 22-10 with a 15-3 record in Colonial Athletic Association play.  The Dukes were the No. 2 seed heading into the conference tournament and fell 50-34 to No. 3 Drexel in the semifinal round.
The Dukes advanced to the WNIT Quarterfinals after defeating Fordham 77-61 on March 27 in the round of 16.  JMU is now 16-0 in postseason competition when playing at home.

Over the three-game span of the WNIT, junior guard Kirby Burkholder is averaging a double-double with 20.7 points and 11.0 rebounds.  For the season, she averages 14.9 points and 9.1 rebounds, and is just 22 points away from 1,000-career points as a Duke.
During the WNIT, sophomore Toia Giggetts is averaging 10.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.  Her points are tied for third-most during the tournament with freshman Precious Hall while her rebounds are tied for second-most during the tournament with redshirt freshman Jazmon Gwathmey.  Gwathmey leads the team with five blocks over the last three games and has a team-leading 31 this season.

Freshman guard Angela Mickens has a team-leading nine steals over the last three games.  She is averaging 7.3 points on 47.1 percent shooting, 3.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists over 24.0 minutes played during the WNIT while, for the season, she is averaging 2.9 points on 40.0 percent shooting, 1.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists over 13.3 minutes played.
As a team, JMU is averaging just 13.2 turnovers a game, the 13th-best average in the nation this season, and holds a +4.1 turnover margin.  The Dukes boast a +10.0 scoring margin, posting 67.9 points per game to opponents’ 57.9 points per game, and they post a +5.9 rebounding margin, pulling down 42.8 boards to opponents’ 36.9 boards per game.

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