May 22, 2018
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Coach Barron: Black Bear women must commit to rebounding, handle James Madison’s press

By Pete Warner, BDN Staff

Women’s Basketball


Time, site: 7 p.m. Friday, Convocation Center, Harrisonburg, Va.

Records: Maine 1-9, James Madison 4-6

Series, last meeting: tied 2-2, James Madison 64-47 on 12/8/11

Key players: Maine — 5-foot-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (11.3 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game), 6-1 F Danielle Walczak (7.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg), 5-10 F Liz Wood (7.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg), 6-3 C Anna Heise (6.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg), 5-6 G Courtney Anderson (5.2 ppg, 1.6 assists per game), 5-8 G Sophie Weckstrom (3.1 ppg, 2.1 apg); JMU — 5-7 G Tarik Hislop (17.3 ppg, 2.7 apg), 6-0 G Kirby Burkholder (13.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg), 6-2 F Jazmon Gwathmey (4.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg), 5-8 G Precious Hill (4.2 ppg), 6-0 F Toia Giggetts (4.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg).

Maine coach Richard Barron’s keys to the game: “We have to commit to rebounding, be able to handle their press effectively and play good transition defense.”

Game notes: The Black Bears have returned from around the country and the world to begin a series of four road games in nine days. UMaine is mired in a six-game losing streak. JMU snapped a three-game skid Dec. 21 with a 65-49 win over American. The Dukes like to play fast and attack in transition, but average 16.4 turnovers.

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