Mar 15, 2014, 2:51 PM EDT
Let’s just say Drexel got Kirby’d.
Generally getting Kirby’d is an expression that refers to CAA Player of the Year Kirby Burkholder draining another 3. (JMU band director Chad Reep credits the expression to a pair of former trumpet players for the college band).
A 3-pointer goes up and in from Burkholder and band and crowd in unison shout: “You got Kirby’d!”
The James Madison senior has drained 106 3-pointers in her careers second all time at JMU to Dawn Evans’ 112.
But in Saturday’s 55-43 CAA Tournament semifinal victory over Drexel, Burkholder went 1-of-7 from behind the arc, but she hauled in 22 rebounds — a CAA Tournament record.
Guess Burkholder really honed in on Coach Kenny Brooks’ advice before the game. The gist: Everybody except the shooter should assume every shot is a miss. Don’t worry about that. Grab the board.
“Her 3 wasn’t falling so much today and maybe that’s because she was focusing so much on the defensive end, and that’s OK. We needed her to do that,” Brooks said. “If she goes 2-for-312 but gets those rebounds . . .”
“If something’s not working, sometimes you focus on something else,” said Burkholder, who added 11 points with three assists.
Burkholder’s 22 boards were five fewer than the entire Drexel team.
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