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Kirby Burkholder Expanding Her Range For JMU

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Kirby Burkholder wears #20 for JMU, but the junior guard is best known for a different number: Three.

Head coach Kenny Brooks says, "She pretty much has a green light. If she's open. Or even if she's not all the way open, she's going to be able to get some shots off."

Burkholder came to James Madison out of Turner Ashby High School, and was a little used power forward her freshman season at JMU, but that's when things changed.

Brooks says, "One day in practice I saw her shooting, and she made about six three's in a row. I asked her to shoot another one, and she did. And she made it. I said to shoot another one, and she made it. Right then and there, we decided we were going to make her a shooter."

Burkholder says, "He had his mind set one making me a shooter. Coach Brooks and Coach Sean O'Regan really worked on that, and ever since then, I've been a shooter."

The junior hasn't totally forgotten her power forward ways, as Burkholder leads the Dukes in rebounding.

"When someone shoots the ball as well as she does, they want to categorize them as only a shooter," says Brooks, "but Kirby does so many different things for us."

Burkholder says, "I guess I've always had a niche for rebounding too. I'm always thinking 'Rebound,' and always trying to get in there and get my hands on a board."

Burkholder has taken and made more-three pointers than the rest of the team combined, and the former forward says she's now enjoying playing shooting guard.

"I'd get in trouble for not shooting enough, because that's not how I played," Burkholder says, "but I've gotten more comfortable with that, and I take that as my role."

Kirby Burkholder is second on the team with 14.7 points per game, and her 8 rebounds per contest leads the Dukes.

She has made 44 of 119 three-pointers this year.

JMU has made 79 of 229 as a team.

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