Who? The Dukes of James Madison.
Where? Harrisonburg, Virginia, a place they call the Friendly City.
When? March 13th, in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Why? Because they won the Colonial Athletic Association conference tournament.
How? 24 points from Dawn Evans and 12 points and 14 rebounds from Lauren Jimenez helped James Madison fight off Delaware 67-61.Surprise? Nope- though as contested as the CAA was this year, and as many good teams as there are in it, I don't think it would have been a surprise if any team had taken the Colonial's auto-bid. As it happens, though, JMU finished first in regular-season play.
Who's driving this thing, anyway? Kenny Brooks, since 2002, a JMU lifer.
Record: 26-7 (14-2)
Best win: Virginia (H)
Worst loss: Monmouth (A)
Notable results: Central Florida (W, N, OT, 82-78), Hofstra (L, A, 75-73)
As goes senior super scorer Dawn Evans (23.2 ppg), so goes James Madison. At least that's the popular wisdom. But senior center Lauren Jimenez has proven herself to be a force in the middle (14.1 points on 52.4% shooting, 8.6 rebounds) From my experience as a St. John's fan, I'd keep an eye on former BC forward Lauren Whitehurst as well.