Wake Forest Visits Convo for Women's Basketball WNIT Second Round Sunday
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HARRISONBURG, Va., March 16, 2012 - Two women's basketball teams seeking to extend their seasons face off Sunday, when the James Madison Dukes host Wake Forest in a second-round Women's National Invitation Tournament game.
The contest tips off at 2 p.m. at the JMU Convocation Center.
JMU advanced to Sunday's game by holding off Davidson 64-49 in a WNIT first-round encounter on the Dukes' home court Thursday.
Wake Forest won the right to play the Dukes by beating Charlotte 72-61 in a road game Thursday. The Demon Deacons held an 18-point lead in the first half before the 49ers cut the margin to one in the second half. Wake scored nine unanswered points late in the game to pull out the victory.
Sunday's JMU-Wake winner plays the winner of a Saturday game between Florida International and South Florida. South Florida hosts that game, which has a 7 p.m. tip-off.
The site and date of the third-round game will be announced following the conclusion of Sunday's second round. Third-round games are scheduled March 21-23.
Available in advance or at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Ticket Prices: Reserved $13 | General Admission $11 | Youth, Senior Citizens, JMU Faculty/Staff $8 | JMU/Wake Forest Students $4 (enter through door E)| JMU Student Duke Club FREE with membership card
GAME 33: JMU vs. Wake Forest
When: Sunday, March 18, 2 p.m.
Where: JMU Convocation Center (capacity 7,156), Harrisonburg, Va.
Audio: WHBG ESPN 1360 AM, Harrisonburg, Va. | MadiZONE on JMUSports.com
Video: MadiZONE subscriber video
The teams have met eight times, with each team winning four times. JMU has won the last two meetings, in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons -- the only meetings in the Kenny Brooks era. The average margin of victory in the series is 6.9 points.
Scouting Wake Forest:
About Wake Forest: Located Winston-Salem, N.C.... enrollment 4,569.
Home Court: Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum (14,665)
Conference Affiliation: Atlantic Coast Conference member... finished seventh in the ACC... beat No. 10 seed Virginia Tech (80-74) and upset second-seeded and top-10 team Miami (81-74) before losing to eventual ACC champion and fifth-ranked Maryland (73-58) in the tournament semifinals.
Coach: Mike Peterson (Northwest Christian '84), 124-122 in eight Wake Forest seasons and 310-249 in 19 career seasons
Record: 20-13 overall, 7-9 ACC... common opponents with JMU include wins over Maryland-Eastern Shore (77-45) and Davidson (68-66) and losses to Delaware (70-57) and Virginia (61-55)
Players to Watch:
Lakevia Boykin... 5-9 junior guard... team-high 12.3 ppg... All-ACC honorable mention
Chelsea Douglass... 5-5 sophomore guard... 11.1 ppg...team-high 3.2 assists per game
Secily Ray... 6-0 senior forward... 9.4 ppg, team-high 7.4 rpg
Coach: Kenny Brooks (JMU '92), 223-94 in 10 JMU and career seasons
Record: 25-7 overall, 14-4 CAA | Complete ResultsPlayers to Watch:
Tarik Hislop... 5-7 junior guard... team-high 14.8 ppg, team-high 3.7 assists per game... All-CAA Second Team
Kirby Burkholder... 6-0 sophomore guard... 10.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg, team-high 1.9 steals per game... All-CAA Third Team
Lauren Whitehurst... 6-2 redshirt-senior center... 9.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg, team-high 1.8 blocks per game... school season blocks record (56)... CAA All-Defensive Team.
Nikki Newman... 6-2 junior forward... team-high 7.8 rpg... CAA Defensive Player of the Year
Jasmine Gill... 6-1 redshirt-junior guard... 9.6 ppg ... preseason All-CAA Honorable Mention
Of Note: This marks the seventh straight year that JMU has won at least 24 games and has advanced to postseason play... JMU's seven consecutive postseason tournament appearances include NCAA tournament games in 2007, 2010 and 2011 and WNIT play in 2006, 2008 and 2009.