Hempstead, N.Y. – Hofstra will face a formidable challenge on Sunday at 2 p.m. when the Pride takes on a James Madison squad that is undefeated in Colonial Athletic Association play from the Convocation Center in Harrisonburg, Va.
The Pride (11-12, 6-6 CAA) has won five of the last seven games and will now face a James Madison squad that is 22-4 overall and 12-0 against the CAA. The Dukes entered the week receiving votes in both the Associated Press top-25 national poll and the USA Today poll.
The game can be heard via the PRIDE ZONE on GoHofstra.com and the GoHofstra mobile app and on WRHU (88.7 FM). Live video of the game can be accessed through PRIDE ZONE via JMU’s feed.
Hofstra trails the all-time series with JMU holding a 14-8 lead, including a 77-50 win at the Mack Sports Complex on Jan. 19. The Pride has lost the last five games in the series with the last win coming at home in the 2010-11 campaign in which the Pride won, 75-73 decision.
Sophomore Alexis Carter is coming off a strong overall game in Hofstra’s 63-58 home win over Northeastern on Thursday. Carter tied a career high with eight points and set a personal best with nine rebounds. Fellow sophomore Asia Jackson also was a factor in all facets with eight points, four assists and four steals.
Senior leadership continues to drive the Hofstra offense. Forward Anma Onyeuku and guard Annie Payton both scored in double figures against the Huskies and are the team’s top-two scorers overall. Onyeuku has posted double digits in points in 16 games and is averaging 11.6 points. Payton, who scored a career high 27 points at the College of Charleston last Sunday, is pacing the squad with 11.8 points per game.
Freshman point guard Krystal Luciano logged 32 minutes in the Northeastern game and fell one assist shy of a season high with seven helpers while compiling seven points and two steals.
Hofstra’s stingy defense has held team to less than 65 points on 14 occasions this season. The Pride has already held five teams to less than 60 points. Head Coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey’s team has not allowed a team to shoot 50 percent or better from the field this season and has held 14 opponents to less than 40 percent shooting.
JMU has won 12 consecutive games and has not suffered a defeat since a close 74-71 defeat at then-No. 10 North Carolina on Jan. 2.
JMU has not lost a conference game this season and is 10-1 at home, including 6-0 at the Convocation Center against CAA foes. The Dukes have three players averaging more than 13 points, including the CAA Preseason Player of the Year in Kirby Burkholder, who is averaging 18.2 points and 8.1 rebounds.
Precious Hall is averaging 13.5 points and 3.7 rebounds while knocking down 44 three-pointers, which is second to Burkholder’s 80 three-pointers. Toia Giggetts is averaging 13.2 points and 6.1 rebounds. A deep JMU squad also features secondary scoring from Jazmon Gwathmey (9.7 PPG). Nikki Newman is averaging 5.6 points with 109 total assists.