Wallner and Boothe Lead XU to 67-62 Win Over George Washington
Feb. 3, 2006
CINCINNATI - Senior forward Tara Boothe scored 18 points and classmate Kristy Wallner added 15 to lead the Xavier University women's basketball team to a dramatic 67-62 victory over George Washington on Friday evening at Cintas Center. With the win, Xavier's third straight, the Musketeers improve to 15-6 on the year and 6-4 in Atlantic 10 play. GW slips to 15-6 overall, 7-2 in the loop.
Xavier led 64-59 with 1:30 remaining in regulation after Boothe drilled a jumper in the paint but GW point guard Kimberly Beck answered with a 3-pointer eight-seconds later to shrink the XU lead to two points.
Neither team would score until Boothe stepped to the free throw line with five-seconds remaining and sunk a pair of free throws to put the game out of reach. Suntana Granderson added a free throw after she stole GW's ensuing inbounds pass to give XU the 67-62 victory.
Boothe's 18 came on 5-of-12 shooting and she also snared nine rebounds on the night. Wallner tied a career high with three 3-point field goals on the night and she snatched six boards. Wallner was 4-of-6 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.
Joining the duo in double-figures was junior guard Michele Miller who scored 10 points and chased down six rebounds. Junior guard Miranda Green chipped in with nine points and sophomore wing Candyce Bingham corralled seven rebounds on the night.
XU extended its 32-23 halftime lead to 37-25 when Boothe made a lay-up at the 17-minute mark. Both teams battled back-and-forth for the next 7:40 but GW mounted an 8-0 run, which culminated in a Jessica Adair lay-up to give the Colonials a 53-52 lead with 5:50 to go.
Freshman Jerri Taylor would answer with a runner in the lane on the ensuing possession to give XU a lead it would not relinquish.
Xavier won the battle of the boards 48-to-41 on the night and held an 18-16 edge in second chance points. XU struggled from the field (20-of-63) on the night but clamped down defensively and held GW to 37.1 percent shooting on Friday.
XU fell behind 4-1 when Jessica Adair drilled a turnaround jumper at the 15-minute mark. However, XU tightened up defensively and held the Colonials scoreless for the next 5:02 and charged out to an 18-9 lead when Green converted on a 3-point play at 12:10.
GW pulled to within five points, 20-15, when Adair converted on a put-back at the 7:50 mark but the Musketeers built the lead back up to nine points, 32-23, at the half.
The Musketeers return to action on Sunday, February 5 when the team welcomes Charlotte to Cincinnati. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. at Cintas Center.