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JMU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HEADS TO CHARLOTTESVILLE FOR NCAA REGIONAL - MARCH 18 UPDATE
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:03/18/2011
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2011 NCAA Dayton Region - Charlottesville, Va.

Team Sendoff -- Friday, March 18 - 6:15 p.m. - Convocation Center Entrance A (Team to depart 6:30 p.m.) -- JMU President Dr. Linwood Rose and Head Coach Kenny Brooks to address the crowd prior to departure. Ticket Office will be open during the Sendoff and the online link will be available until Saturday morning.

Game Schedule:
March 20
Game 1 - 12:15 p.m. -- No. 3 Miami (Fla.) vs. No. 14 Gardner-Webb (ESPN3.com)
Game 2 - 2:30 p.m. -- No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 James Madison (ESPN2 & ESPN3.com)

March 22 - 7 p.m. -- Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 (ESPN/ESPN2)

Tickets: Available through JMU's online athletic ticketing web site - Reserved is $15, general admission is $10. Priority seating has a deadline for 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Tickets will be available for pickup on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. or on game day at the arena. More than 1350 tickets have been sold already to Dukes' fans but good seats are still available, including the only remaining lower level seats.

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(3) Miami (Fla.) (27-4 Overall, 12-2 ACC)
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(6) Oklahoma
(21-11 Overall, 10-6 Big 12)
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(11) James Madison (26-7 Overall, 16-2 CAA)
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(14) Gardner-Webb
(23-10 Overall, 11-5 Big South)
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March 18 Update

Article in the Daily Oklahoman regarding Dawn Evans

Quote on ESPN Chat regarding the Charlottesville portion of the Dayton Regional
ESPN writer Graham Hays answers a fan's question about the Dukes in the NCAA Tournament during Monday night's chat.

Nick (Harrisonburg)
What are your thoughts on James Madison upsetting Oklahoma, and do they have the potential to make a little run in the tournament?

Graham Hays (10:13 PM)
Without UVA, it will be interesting to see how well JMU fans travel. Oklahoma is one of those teams whose name I'll spend way too long staring at in filling out a bracket. No idea what to expect. Great coach and some great offensive players, but are they more than that? But sure, JMU, OU, Miami, I think any of the three could get to Dayton.

 

March 17 Update
ESPN's Charlie Creme Talking about JMU (click here to read the entire Dayton Regional Primer) :
Three observations
1. With Oklahoma's Danielle Robinson, Marquette's Angel Robinson, Ohio State's Samantha Prahalis, James Madison's Dawn Evans, Miami's Shenise Johnson and Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins, this part of the bracket could just be renamed the PGA: point guard awesomeness.

Three players to watch

1. Dawn Evans: Seldom seen, the nation's second-leading scorer gets one more run at national exposure in this tournament. The story of her incurable kidney disease is sure to be told, but if James Madison can pull off a first-round upset, so might the story of her incredible career as one of the game's great scoring point guards.

Interesting JMU Ties to the NCAA Tournament and ESPN:
  • In JMU's first-ever NCAA Tournament game , a 55-53 win at Providence on March 12, 1986, ESPN analyst Doris Burke was a starting guard for the Friars. Her stat line: 1-6 FG, 1-2 FT, 1 rebound, 2 fouls, team-high 6 assists, game-high 5 turnovers, 2 steals.
  • Northeast Conference champion St. Francis , which plays Maryland in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Championship, is coached by Susan Robinson Fruchtl . The 1992 Penn State graduate was Penn State's all-time leading scorer (2,253) until she was passed by Kelly Mazzante in 2004, and in 1992 she won the Wade Trophy honoring the nation's top player. Robinson was a starter on the nationally top-ranked Penn State team that lost to JMU in the second round of the 1991 NCAA Tournament .
  • In 1987 JMU beat Vanderbilt 68-60 at Convo in NCAA Second Round to advance to Sweet 16 where they lost to #1 Texas 91-57. ESPN basketball analyst Carolyn Peck was the starting center for Vanderbilt. Her stat line: game-high 22 points, 8-14 FG, 6-6 FT, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 turnovers, 2 blocked shots, 1 steal in 28 minutes.

March 16 Update
Interesting Notes:
Of teams not hosting first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament, JMU only has to travel 59.4 miles to play Oklahoma in Charlottesville, Va., which is the third-shortest trip of any traveling team in this year's field. Georgetown has the shortest trip, only having to drive 12 miles down the road to go play Princeton in College Park, Md., while Hartford will travel 30.7 miles to Storrs, Conn., to face the Philadelphia Region's top-seeded UConn Huskies.

Closest distance playing from home in NCAA:
Philadelphia Region --
#5 Georgetown vs. #12 Princeton (at Maryland) - 12 miles (32 mins)
Philadelphia Region -- #16 Hartford at #1 UConn - 30.7 miles (44 mins)
Dayton Region -- #11 James Madison vs. #6 Oklahoma (at Virginia) 59.4 miles (1 hr 5 mins)

Other teams playing in Charlottesville driving distance:
#3 Miami (Fla.) -- Coral Gables, Fla. -- 1,002 miles
#6 Oklahoma -- Norman, Okla. -- 1,231 miles
#14 Gardner-Webb -- Boiling Springs, N.C. -- 320 miles

20 Years Ago Today: One of, if not the, most historic victory in the annals of JMU women's basketball occurred March 16, 1991. The Dukes were on the road for the second round of the NCAA East Regional, traveling to University Park, Pa. to take on the nation's No. 1 team, Penn State. The Nittany Lions opened the game on an 11-0 run and built a 24-9 lead over the Dukes. However, the visitors slowly clawed back into the game and eventually took a 51-47 lead with just under 12 minutes to go. The rest of the way was close, but Penn State could never re-take the lead and JMU pulled off the biggest upset of the 1991 NCAA Tournament with a 73-71 shocker to advance to the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in school history.

Good Times in Charlottesville : JMU has experienced some historic wins in Charlottesville previously. The last time that James Madison made the trek to Charlottesville (and the only time the team has played in John Paul Jones Arena previously) was last year when the Dukes took on Virginia on Dec. 6, 2009. Then-junior guard Dawn Evans tied a school record with 38 points and JMU knocked off the #14-ranked Cavaliers 75-73.

Another key program win was in 1986 in the second round of the NCAA East Regional. JMU headed to 60 miles down the road as the No. 8 seed to take on the region's top-seeded Virginia. The Cavaliers had handed the Dukes a double-digit loss in their regular-season meeting earlier that season, but Madison came out on top in the postseason, earning a 71-62 victory under then head coach and current JMU SWA Shelia Moorman.

Record Versus the Other Two: If JMU should advance to the next round, the Dukes have met with both Miami (Fla.) and Gardner-Webb once previously. The Hurricanes have the win in the previous meeting, a 72-53 victory on Jan. 4, 1990 at Florida International's tournament in Miami. JMU played Gardner-Webb once previously, as the Dukes opened the 2001-02 season on Nov. 16 with a 92-65 win over the visiting Bulldogs.

Marc h 15 Update
Notes about Oklahoma:

- This will be the second time the Dukes and Sooners have met on the hardwood. The two teams played previous in the Miami New Year's Classic in Miami, Fla. on Jan. 4, 1986, with Oklahoma prevailing in a 57-55 battle en route to the first NCAA Tournament bid in school history. That year, JMU also made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, knocking off regional No. 1 seed Virginia in Charlottesville, the site of this year's first and second rounds.

- Head Coach Sherri Coale is in her 15th year as the head coach at Oklahoma, leading the team to its 12th straight NCAA Appearance  this season (and 13th straight postseason bid) after back-to-back Final Four appearances in 2009 and 2010. Coale made the unusual jump to college head coach after being a very successful high school head coach at Norman High School from 1989-96, where she led the Tigers to a pair of Class 6A State championships.

- Senior guard Danielle Robinson is OU's leading scorer, averaging 18.4 points and 4.8 assists per game.

- Robinson and JMU senior guard Dawn Evans are not only on several award nomination lists but also are familiar with each other personally. While both standouts are on the Wooden and Naismith Award ballots this year, they both were a part of the USA World University Games team tryouts two summers ago.

- Oklahoma senior forward Carlee Roethlisberger might have a name familiar to many but with a different first name. Her brother Ben is the starting quarterback for the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers, and he played with former JMU football standout Dorian Brooks this season as Brooks was a member of the AFC Championship squad on the offensive line.

- Oklahoma's women's basketball program has made a resurgence in the last 21 years after it was announced that the program was going to be dropped following the 1989-90 season and then reinstated a week later. Since then, the program has won the National Women's NIT Tournament in 1994 and made 14 other postseason appearances (including this year), with 13 NCAA bids and a WNIT bid in those years.

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