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12/8/11, Orono, Maine: JMU 64, Maine 47
♦ The Black Bears were chosen to finish seventh in the America East Conference in the league's preseason poll behind Albany, Boston University, Hartford, New Hampshire, Vermont, and UMBC. Maine lost three starters from last year's 8-23 team and added nine freshman to the roster.
♦ Maine is off to a 1-9 start and has lost its last six games. The Black Bears' lone win this season was a 74-67 victory over UNLV on Nov. 17 in Minneapolis.
♦ Junior guard Ashleigh Roberts leads the Black Bears in scoring, averaging 11.3 points. She also leads the team in steals (13) and assists (23), while she sits second in average rebounds (4.9).
♦ Freshman forward Liz Wood leads the team in rebounds (5.2). She is also a key threat from long range, leading the team with 12 made 3-pointers. Wood is a familiar face for JMU redshirt freshman Jazmon Gwathmey, as the two were teammates at Liberty High School when the Eagles won the 2011 Virginia group AA state championship.
♦ Maine is averaging 6.7 made free-throws each game while opponents are making 12.7 shots from the charity stripe.
♦ The Black Bears are also being outrebounded by 5.2 boards per game, committing 3.7 less steals than opponents and hold a -3.8 turnover margin.
JMU FAST BREAK
♦ The Dukes are coming off a 65-49 home win over American on Dec. 21. That JMU victory ended the Eagles' three-game winning streak.
♦ JMU's non-conference schedule through its first 10 games was rated as the seventh-toughest in NCAA Division I by Real Time Sports. Those 10 opponents had a combined 72-32 record through Dec. 20.
♦ Vs. American, freshman guard Precious Hall, in her first game as a starter, scored a career-high 16 points. She shared game scoring honors with senior guard Tarik Hislop. Junior guard Kirby Burkholder finished with her second double-double of the season with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
♦ Hislop (17.3) and Burkholder (13.9) are averaging in double figures in scoring, and Burkholder (7.7) is the team's top rebounder. Hislop (2.7) is JMU's assist leader, and Burkholder (1.9) is the Dukes' steals leader.
♦ Hislop is just seven assists away from 300 career assists. Only 11 players in school history have had 300 or more assists in their career.
♦ Senior Nikki Newman is sidelined indefinitely with a foot injury. The 2012 CAA Defensive Player of the Year had played in 112 of 113 games before the injury, suffered Dec. 16 at Duquesne, kept her out of uniform.