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2/19/12, Boston, Mass.: Northeastern 61, JMU 50
♦ The Huskies were the preseason No. 6 selection of the Colonial Athletic Association by league coaches. Northeastern brings a 9-4 record and a 2-0 CAA record to Harrisonburg, but the Huskies are 2-4 away from Solomon Court.
♦ Sophomore guard A'lece Mark was named conference Co-Player of the Week (Jan. 6) as she paced the Huskies with an average of 18.0 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game. On the year, Mark is fourth in scoring (9.5) and second in assists (3.2).
♦ Northeastern's leading rebounder is junior center Jewel Tunstull, who is averaging 8.2 boards per game and pulled down nine in the Huskies' CAA-opener against George Mason on Jan. 6. Tunstull has also made 61.2 percent of her attempted field goals to lead the conference.
♦ Deanna Kerkhof, a senior guard, leads Northeastern with an average 15.4 points per game and 2.2 steals per game, as well as sinking 80.0 percent of her free-throw attempts. She also accounts for 37.4 percent of the team's made 3-pointers, making 45.1 percent of her 3-point attempts, which leads the CAA and is the 13th-highest percentage in the nation.
♦ As a team, the Huskies are sinking 8.2 shots from beyond the arc, which is tied for the 12th-most made 3-pointers in the nation. They also boast the highest scoring offense in the CAA, posting an average of 69.5 points per game.
♦ The Huskies defeated the Dukes in their lone match-up last season, winning in Boston 61-50 on Feb. 19, 2012. It was the first Northeastern win over JMU in 12 games, dating back to Dec. 27, 1986 (JMU win, 64-61).
♦ Junior guard Kirby Burkholder earned conference Co-Player of the Week honors for the week ending Jan. 6 after posting a career-high 27 points against Georgia Southern (Dec. 31) and a game-high 15 points at UNCW. She finished the week shooting 60.9 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the charity stripe as well as grabbing 8.5 rebounds per game and committing 3.5 thefts per game. Burkholder also added a season-high three assists at UNCW.
♦ The Dukes' opening CAA game at UNCW on Jan. 6 also marked personal bests for sophomore forward Toia Giggetts and redshirt senior guard Jasmine Gill. Giggetts sank a season-high 11 points against the Seahawks, going 4-of-6 from the floor and 3-of-5 from the charity stripe. She also contributed five rebounds and one each of an assist, block and steal. Gill pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds in the meeting, with eight coming on the offensive end, and added three steals of her own.
♦ JMU tops the league in offensive rebounds as the Dukes are pulling in 16.9 boards per game on their own end of the court. They also hold the second-best rebounding average in the league as they have grabbed 42.6 rebounds each game.