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JMU Dukes NCAA Tourney Update: Round 2

Mar 24, 2014, 6:14 PM EDT

After defeating sixth-seeded Gonzaga in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, the 11th-seeded James Madison University Dukes are preparing for the team’s next, and maybe most difficult test. That is, trying to defeat No. 3 Texas A&M in the second round on the Aggies’ home court in College Station.

In Sunday’s 72-63 victory over the Zags, 2014 CAA women’s basketball Player of the Year Kirby Burkholder notched a ridiculous double-double of 28 points and 18 rebounds and shot 17-of-18 from the charity stripe. Precious Hall added 11 and Toia Giggetts provided 15 and six boards as well in the win, the team’s first NCAA Tournament victory since 1991.

Coach Kenny Brooks, along with Burkholder, Hall and senior Nikki Newman met with local and national media outlets in College Station on Monday morning to discuss the matchup with SEC foe Texas A&M.

Watch the full press conference. You can also listen the full presser and/or read the quotes transcript if you please …

Here’s some our favorite pictures of the Dukes’ practice that followed later on Monday, with the complete photo gallery which you can find by clicking here.

Also, one of the better Instagram posts we’ve seen all year:

The Dukes say “Howdy!”

JMU hopes to keep its season alive on Tuesday night when the Dukes square off versus the third-seeded Aggies at 9:30 ET in the Round of 32. Stay connected with Madison via as well as on A&M’s NCAA Central Page for links to live stats, audio and other gameday information.

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