Va., Sept. 25, 2012 -- The James Madison
women's basketball schedule for the 2012-13 season includes a season-opener
against Virginia and a trip to
Mexico for the Cancun Challenge.
The Dukes will begin the season on Nov. 9 in Charlottesville, Va., against the Cavaliers in a re-match from last year's Women's National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals. JMU defeated Virginia 68-59 en route to a berth in the 2012 WNIT finals. Virginia finished the 2011-12 season with a 25-11 record, which was the most wins by the program since going 25-9 in 1999-00.
JMU, which finished last season with school-record 29 wins and a 29-8 record, will also travel to Cancun, Mexico, for the Cancun Challenge in a Thanksgiving week tournament. The Dukes will first face off with Wisconsin-Green Bay, a team that won its 14th-consecutive Horizon League regular-season championship and 11th Horizon League tournament championship in 2012. The Phoenix lost to the number two-seeded Kentucky Wildcats in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Following their opening game against the Phoenix, the Dukes will take on Minnesota on Nov. 25. The Gophers won the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) championship over Northern Iowa in 2012. A Nov. 26 game against Wichita State will finish up tournament play in the Cancun Challenge. The Dukes will return home to host in-state rival Richmond on Dec. 2.
Madison will host two reigning regular-season conference champions at the Convocation Center this season. Liberty, the 13-time Big South regular-season champion and defending Big South tournament champion, will travel to Harrisonburg for a Dec. 4 game. American, the 2012 Patriot League champion, will visit on Dec. 22.
The Dukes are slated for just one true road game during the non-conference portion of their season. They will visit Duquesne for a Sunday afternoon game on Dec. 16.
Four more schools will travel to Harrisonburg to round out the non-conference schedule. Prior to the Cancun Challenge, Quinnipiac and Murray State will visit on Nov. 11 and Nov. 15, respectively. Maine will head south to the Convocation Center on Dec. 28, and Georgia Southern will travel north for a New Year's Eve bout.
JMU will begin its Colonial Athletic Association portion of the schedule on Jan. 6 at UNCW in Wilmington, N.C. The Dukes will play 18 conference contests during the 2012-13 regular season.
A Quick Look at the Dukes:
Head Coach Kenny Brooks (James Madison '92)
* 227-95 in 10 seasons
* Postseason appearances last seven seasons (2006-12)
* His teams have averaged nearly 26 wins a season over the past seven years
* Three NCAA Tournament appearances (2007, 2010, 2011)
* Two CAA championships (2010, 2011)
* Seven straight 20-win seasons (2006-12), a school record
* CAA Coach of the Year 2007
* Virginia Coach of the Year three times (2007, 2010, 2012)
* Five CAA championship game appearances (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011)
* Three CAA Players of the Year (2007, 2008, 2011)
* CAA Defensive Player of the Year (2012)
* Four Associated Press All-America Honorable Mentions
* 29-8 overall record
* School-record 29 wins
* 14-4 in CAA
* Second in CAA regular season, lost to Drexel in CAA semifinals
* WNIT runner-up to Oklahoma State
* WNIT wins over Davidson, Wake Forest, South Florida, Virginia, Syracuse
* Return four starters
* Recruiting class was ranked No. 1 in the Mid-Majors
Returning Players include
* Kirby Burkholder, Jr. Guard, WNIT All-Tournament Team (16.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg in WNIT), All-CAA Third Team, 11.5 ppg, 6.9 rpg
* Tarik Hislop, Sr. Guard, WNIT All-Tournament Team (15.3 ppg in WNIT), All-CAA Second Team, 14.8 ppg
* Toia Giggetts, So. Forward, CAA All-Rookie Team and runner-up for CAA Rookie of the Year, 4.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg
* Nikki Newman, Sr. Guard/Forward, CAA Defensive Player of the Year, 5.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg
* Jasmine Gill, Redshirt Sr. Guard, 9.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg
JMU 2012-13 Schedule
Home games in bold
All dates/times subject to change; game times are local time
+ Cancun Challenge, Cancun, Mexico
* CAA opponent
Nov. 3, Lenoir-Rhyne (exhibition), 4 p.m.
Nov. 9, at Virginia, 7 p.m.
Nov. 11, Quinnipiac, 1 p.m.
Nov. 15, Murray State, 7 p.m.
Nov. 22, Wisconsin-Green Bay+, 5 p.m.
Nov. 23, Minnesota+, 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 24, Wichita State+, noon
Dec. 2, Richmond, 2 p.m.
Dec. 4, Liberty, 7 p.m.
Dec. 16, at Duquesne, 2 p.m.
Dec. 21, American, 7 p.m.
Dec. 28, Maine, 7 p.m.
Dec. 31, Georgia Southern, 2 p.m.
Jan. 6, at North Carolina Wilmington*, 2 p.m.
Jan. 10, Drexel*, 7 p.m.
Jan. 13, Northeastern*, 2 p.m.
Jan. 17, William and Mary*, 7 p.m.
Jan. 20, at Georgia State*, 2 p.m.
Jan. 24, at George Mason*, 7 p.m.
Jan. 27, Hofstra*, 2 p.m.
Jan. 31, at Towson*, TBA
Feb. 3, at William and Mary*, TBA
Feb. 7, UNCW*, 7 p.m.
Feb. 10, Delaware*, 2 p.m.
Feb. 12, at Old Dominion*, 7 p.m.
Feb. 17, at Hofstra*, 2 p.m.
Feb. 21, Towson*, 7 p.m.
Feb. 24, at Delaware*, 2 p.m.
Feb. 28, Old Dominion*, 7 p.m.
March 3, George Mason*, 2 p.m.
March 6, at Drexel*, 7 p.m.
March 14-27, CAA Championship, Upper Marlboro, Md.
A Look at JMU's 2012-13 Non-Conference Opponents
* Atlantic Coast Conference
* Will play at John Paul Jones Arena
* JMU knocked the Cavaliers out of the 2012 WNIT in the quarterfinals at JMU's Convo, 68-59
* Finished season with 25-11 record, most wins since going 25-9 in 1999-00
* Northeast Conference
* Second game of a home-and-home series; lost to JMU 81-73 in 2011-12
* Lost in first round of WNIT to Temple, 75-60 (only second time in WNIT)
* Lost in semifinals of NEC to Monmouth
* Finished season 22-10
Murray State Racers
* Ohio Valley Conference
* Lost in OVC semifinals to Tennessee-Martin
* Finished season 13-18
Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix
* Horizon League
* Conference tournament champ (12th all time, 11th in Horizon league)
* Regular-season conference champ (14th-consecutive; nation's longest active streak)
* Went undefeated in both road games (12-0) and non-conference play (13-0)
* Fourth consecutive appearance in NCAA Tournament
* Lost to No. 2 seed Kentucky in second round of NCAA, 65-62
* Finished 31-2 (just the second time in program history with 30+ wins in a season)
* Big 10 Conference
* Won Women's Basketball Invitational championship over Northern Iowa as a second-seed
* Fell to No. 9 Penn State in Big 10 Tournament quarterfinals
* Finished 19-17 (first winning season since 2008-09)
Wichita State Shockers
* Missouri Valley Conference
* Lost at Oklahoma State in WNIT second round (advanced past first round for first time in school history)
* Finished 20-13 (most successful season in program history; tied school record for wins)
* Atlantic 10 Conference
* Lost to Virginia in WNIT second round, 68-55
* Reached WNIT for fourth-consecutive year; won 20+ games for third time in last four seasons
* Finished with 23-9 record (seventh team in program history with 22+ wins in season)
* Big South Conference
* Won 14th Big South championship (tournament), 13th Big South championship (regular season)
* Lost to No. 1 seed Notre Dame in opening round of NCAA Tournament
* Finished No. 20 in Mid-Major Top 25
* Finished with 24-9 record
* Atlantic 10 Conference
* Lost in A-10 quarterfinals to Temple
* Lost to Cincinnati in WNIT first round 68-63 (OT)
* Finished 20-12
* Patriot League
* Won Patriot League regular-season title after going 14-0 in conference play (first school in PL to ever go unbeaten in women's basketball)
* Lost to Villanova in WNIT first round
* Lost to Holy Cross in Patriot League semifinals
* Finished 23-8 (tied program record single-season wins with 1997-98 team; 15-game win-streak set program record)
Maine Black Bears
* America East Conference
* Lost to Boston University in AEC quarterfinals
* Finished season 8-23 (doubling its win total from 2010-11)
* Georgia Southern Eagles
* Southern Conference
* Lost to Western Carolina in the play-in round of the SoCon tourney
* Finished 8-22