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Junior guard Kirby Burkholder had 15 points, 8 rebounds & 3 steals Dec. 16 at DuquesneCourtesy: Photography/JMU Athletics Communications
Women's Basketball Begins Holiday Homestand with American Friday at 7 p.m.
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:12/19/2012
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American University at James Madison
Friday, Dec. 21 | 7:00 PM |
JMU Convocation Center
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THE BASICS
◊ Tickets: Tickets range in price from $7-10.  Please click here for specific information. *Any fan who brings a new, unopened and unwrapped toy to the game will be given one free general admission ticket.
◊ 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:
  
>> Local Radio: WHBG 1360 AM (Harrisonburg, Va.)
  
>> Audiostream & Videostream: MadiZONE on JMUSports.com (free; requires registration)

LAST MATCH-UP
11/13/11, Washington, D.C.: JMU 68, American 64 (2 OT)  *The win was Kenny Brooks' 200th career victory.*

SCOUTING AMERICAN
♦ The Eagles were voted to finish second in the Patriot League by coaches and sports information directors.  They were only four points behind No. 1 pick Navy, and the Eagles received six of 14 first-place votes. 
♦ American currently holds a 5-4 record, but the team is 2-4 outside of the nation's capital.  The Eagles are on a three-game win streak and have won five of the last six, three of which were decided by three points or less (69-68 win at Elon, 53-55 loss at Loyola (Md.), 57-54 win vs. George Washington).
♦ Sophomore guard Jen Dumiak is shooting a conference-leading 16.1 points per game, hitting 48.1 percent of her shots.  She is second for the Eagles in assists per game (3.0) and average minutes played (32.0).  Her 3.6 rebounds per game rank second on the team behind freshman forward Michelle Holmes (5.1).
♦ Junior guard Alexis Dobbs, a preseason all-league selection, leads American in assists (3.3) and minutes (32.1).  She also leads the team in made 3-pointers (2.4) and is tied for a team-leading 2.1 steals per game with redshirt junior guard Geleisa George.

JMU FAST BREAK
♦ The Dukes have played a formidable non-conference schedule as none of their first 10 opponents have a record below .500.  JMU opponents have a combined 70-30 (.700) record and three have been ranked/received votes in the Top 25 (Virginia, Green Bay, Duquesne).  According to Real Time Sports Ranking, JMU has the fifth-toughest schedule in Division I women's basketball.
♦ Redshirt senior guard Jasmine Gill posted a team- and season-high 16 points Dec. 16 at Duquesne, including a 14-of-16 performance at the free-throw line, moving her into second on the team in free-throw percentage (.700).  She is also second on the team in rebounds (5.6).
♦ Redshirt freshman guard Jazmon Gwathmey blocked a season-high four shots at Duquesne, giving her nine blocks this year.  That is tied for second-most for JMU with sophomore center Crystal Ross.  Only senior forward Nikki Newman has more blocks (14).  As a team, the Dukes are currently committing 5.1 blocks per game while opponents are blocking 3.1 shots.
♦ JMU is averaging 1.7 fewer rebounds than its opponents, and it is just the third time in the last 29 seasons that the Dukes are pulling down fewer boards than opponents (1990-91, -0.3; 2002-03, -7.3).  However, the Dukes are grabbing 1.1 more offensive rebounds per game than their opponents. 
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