Musketeers Swat Pesky Spiders 67-55 Sunday

Dee Dee Jernigan led XU in scoring vs. UR.

Dee Dee Jernigan led XU in scoring vs. UR.

Feb. 7, 2010

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CINCINNATI - Freshman guard Katie Rutan tied former Xavier standout and current assistant coach Amy Waugh's record for 3-pointers as a freshman as the No. 7 Musketeers defeated a determined Richmond squad 67-55 Sunday afternoon at Cintas Center. Xavier improved to 18-3 overall and a perfect 8-0 in the Atlantic 10 with the win. Richmond fell to 15-8 overall and 4-4 in the Atlantic 10.

Rutan tied Waugh's record at the 14:25 mark in the second half with a 3-pointer from the wing. She finished the night with four points on 1-of-5 from the field. Xavier was led in scoring by Dee Dee Jernigan with 15 points while Amber Harris pitched in with 14 points and four rebounds.

The Spiders were led by Abby Oliver who led all scorers with 19 points. XU won the battle of the boards 40-27.

The Musketeers got off to a good start in the second half. Harris hit a hook shot at the 19:32 mark to put the score at 27-21. April Phillips followed with a drive and a layup to extend the XU lead to eight with 19:01 left to play. However, just like the first half, the Spiders found a way to crawl their way back into the game.

Richmond cut the XU lead to one on a three by Brittani Shells at the 8:37 mark. The Spiders took their first lead of the game with 7:58 left in the game on a trey by Oliver.

Xavier regained the lead at the 5:59 mark on a 3-ball by Special Jennings that put the score at 50-48 in favor of the Musketeers. The Spiders struck managed to retake the lead before Ta'Shia Phillips tied the score at 52 apiece. Harris gave the Musketeers a 57-53 lead with 3:03 left in the game on an old fashioned three-point play.

Jennings sealed the Xavier win with four free throws down the stretch. She finished the night with a perfect 6-6 performance from the charity stripe.

The XU defense held firm down the stretch and prevented the Spiders from hitting a field goal in the last 4:15 of the game. XU held a 25-21 lead at halftime thanks to nine points from Jernigan on 4-of-5 from the field. Jennings extended the Xavier lead to 61-53 with 1:04 left to play on two free throws.

Xavier came out strong on defense in the early going and held Richmond scoreless through the first two media timeouts. Richmond's first point of the game came at the 11:06 mark in the first half on a layup by Oliver.

Xavier will return to action February 10 as they host A-10 rival Saint Joseph's. Tip off is set for 11:30 a.m. at Cintas Center.