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JMU takes on #18/19 UD on Comcast Sports Network this Sunday at 4:30 p.m.Courtesy: Photography/JMU Athletics Communications
Women's Basketball Ready for TV Showdown at #18/19 Delaware Sunday, 4:30
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:02/22/2013



James Madison at #18/19 Delaware
Sunday, Feb. 17 | 4:30 PM | Bob Carpenter Center
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JMU Audiostream | Delaware Videostream

◊ Tickets: Game is SOLD OUT.
◊ Parking: Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please click here for a map of campus.
◊ Where: Bob Carpenter Center, Newark, Del. (capacity: 5,000)
◊ Multimedia:
>> Television: Comcast Sports Network-MA, The Comcast Network
Local Radio: WHBG 1360 AM (Harrisonburg, Va.)
>> JMU Audiostream: MadiZONE on JMUSports.com (free; requires registration)
Delaware Videostream: Hens All-Access (free; requires registration)

2/10/13, JMU Convocation Center:  #20/23 Delaware 71, JMU 64


Sunday's match-up features winners of the last three Colonial Athletic Association titles.  JMU earned the crown in 2010 and 2011 while Delaware grabbed it in 2012.
The Blue Hens have won their last 35 against conference opponents.  They have not lost a CAA contest since the Dukes defeated them 67-61 in the 2011 CAA title game on March 13, 2011.
Delaware Athletics is hosting the annual pink game on Sunday in support of women's health awareness.

The Blue Hens are ranked No. 18 in the latest AP media poll and No. 19 in the USA Today coaches' poll.  They are 23-3 this season, winners of 18 straight games, and are a perfect 14-0 in conference play to top the league standings.
Senior forward Elena Delle Donne leads the league and is second in the nation with a 25.0 ppg scoring average.  The national Player of the Year candidate also tops the CAA in free-throw percentage (.913) and made 3-point percentage (.487) while she is second in blocks (2.3) and fifth in rebounds (8.6).
Fellow senior forward Danielle Parker is second on the team and sixth in the CAA with 8.5 rebounds.  She also boasts a team-leading 1.3 steals average.  On the offensive end, senior guard Lauren Carra is second on the team with 11.5 points per game.
Senior point guard Kayla Miller has a league-leading 2.2 assist-to-turnover ratio.  She averages 3.4 assists and 1.5 turnovers each outing.
In addition to topping the league standings, the Blue Hens lead the league in seven statistical categories.  Defense is the name of their game as they top the CAA in scoring defense (50.4 ppg allowed), field goal percentage defense (.332), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.270) and blocks (4.0).  They are defeating opponents by an average of 16.2 points per game and grabbing seven more rebounds than foes, including 40.7 percent of offensive rebounds.

The Dukes have won three straight and are 18-8 this season.  They are 12-2 in league games, including a perfect 7-0 away from the JMU Convocation Center, and sit two games behind Delaware in the CAA standings.
Senior Tarik Hislop continues to climb the JMU career charts as she increased her own records to 129 career starts and 130 consecutive games played in the Feb. 21 win over Towson.  Currently averaging 16.8 points per game, Hislop is just five points shy of the 1,700 career scoring mark.
Junior Kirby Burkholder also moved up the JMU career chart on Thursday against Towson as she sank four 3-pointers, putting her fourth on the all-time made 3's list with 261.  She is currently second in the CAA in free-throw percentage (.895) while she is fourth in the league in both 3-point field goals made (2.7) and 3-point field goal percentage (.383), helping her average 15.0 points per outing.  Burkholder also leads JMU in rebounds (8.3) and steals (1.0).
CAA All-Rookie candidate Jazmon Gwathmey posted a career-high 17 points in the 79-45 victory over Towson, going a perfect 8-8 from the field.  Since returning to the starting line-up Feb. 7 against UNCW, the redshirt freshman is averaging 9.8 points per game off of 63.9-percent shooting and 7.4 rebounds.  In the last three games, she is averaging 12.0 points per game off of 70.8-percent shooting and 7.7 rebounds.
JMU continues to lead the conference in scoring offense (68.9) and rebounding offense (42.7).  The Dukes also have the best turnover margin of the league at +3.73 as their opponents turn the ball over 17.8 times per game compared to 14.1 turnovers by the purple and gold. .
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