Sophomore Ta'Shia Phillips downed 18 points to go with 15 rebounds.
Jan. 24, 2009
CINCINNATI – The Xavier women’s basketball team defeated Rhode Island by the score of 69-29 Saturday at Cintas Center, stifling the Rams to such an extent that new school and Atlantic 10 records for low offensive production were challenged. The Musketeers extend their winning streak to eight games, improving to 17-4 (5-0 A-10) on the season, while the Rams fall to 8-11 (1-3 A-10).
Rhode Island’s 29 total points is the fewest points scored by a Xavier opponent since Central Michigan scored 35 on December 6, 2003.
A three-pointer by Sherrie Session in the closing minute saved the Rams from rewriting several records. The shot lifted the Rams above 26 points, which would have set a new Atlantic 10 record for the fewest points scored in a game. It also helped the Rams avoid setting a new low for field goal percentage, improving from 16.9 to 18.5 percent. The A-10 record is 17.9 percent, set by Saint Bonaventure in 1992. Session’s trey made the Rhode Island field goal total 12, besting the previous Xavier opponent record of 11.
Outside of the record-setting potential of Rhode Island’s performance, Xavier sophomore Ta’Shia Phillips celebrated her birthday as the games leading scorer with a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds. Phillips went 6-7 from the field and 6-10 from the charity stripe.
Senior Tudy Reed also gave XU a double-digit scoring performance with 10 points, three rebounds, and three assists.
The Musketeers opened the game with a 16-0 run over the first 5:23 of the game, including making their first five shots. Rhode Island did not score until the 14:14 mark when Lindsay Harris hit a jumper.
XU shot 51.0 percent on the night (26-51), their best since going 31-59 (53.4 percent) on December 19 at home against Davidson. The Musketeers also out-rebounded the Rams to the tune of 54-28, continuing their streak of dominance on the glass. That dominance led to 34 points in the paint tonight, compared with Rhode Island’s two.
Xavier set two first-half opponets scoring defense records tonight. XU held the Rams to 12 first-half points, the previous low was 15 by Akron on December 5. The Musketeers also held Rhode Island to a paltry 11.8 percent shooting in the first session with the previous low being 19.2 by New Hampshire on January 2.
Xavier travels to Philadelphia, Pa. on January 28 to meet Saint Joseph’s in Atlantic 10 play. Game time is set for 5 p.m.