Women's Hoops Stuns Temple, 54-53; Pachko Scores Game-Winner
Feb. 20, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - After scoring four points in the last 11 seconds of the game, the Xavier women's basketball team claimed the 54-53 win over Temple Saturday night at TU's McGonigle Hall. Senior Jessica Pachko, who lead the team with 14 points and nine rebounds, scored the game-winner with six seconds showing on the clock.
Xavier improves to 10-15 on the year and 4-7 in Atlantic 10 play while Temple falls to 12-14 overall and 5-6 in league play.
Also for the Musketeers, junior Shatyra Hawkes scored 13 points, 11 of which came in the second half, to go with four assists and four steals. Three other Musketeers chipped in six points apiece including freshman Aliyah Zantt who also grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists.
For the game, Xavier shot 44.2 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from long range. The Musketeers and Owls were tied with 34 rebounds.
The Owls came out shooting in the second half, erasing their four-point halftime deficit by rattling off seven-straight points to regain the lead, 28-25. Junior Ashley Wanninger got the Musketeers back in the game with a long-range jumper, her first three points of the game. Trailing by six, 47-41, with just over eight minutes left Xavier held Temple scoreless for three-and-a-half minutes and was able to cut the TU advantage to one, 47-46.
TU led by five, 53-48 after two made free throws by Natasha Thames with 1:31 remaining in the game. Hawkes' jumper at 1:05 pulled the team within one and a subsequent Temple turnover gave the ball back to Xavier with just nine seconds left. Pachko laid up the game-winning field goal three seconds later and the Musketeers held on for the 54-53 victory.
Temple jumped out to an early 8-4 lead on Xavier before the Musketeers poured in 10 unanswered points to go up, 14-8, with just under 10 minutes to play in the first frame. The Owls' deficit was erased as Temple fired off six-straight points of its own to knot the game at 14 apiece at the 7:11 mark. After being held scoreless for four minutes, Gray put in back-to-back baskets for the Musketeers and Zantt's 3-point basket at the buzzer gave Xavier the four-point, 25-21 halftime advantage.
Zantt led Xavier in the first half with six points, three rebounds and two assists as Gray also chipped in six points. O'Neill tallied three rebounds in the first frame as well to go with three steals and two points. The Musketeers shot 40.0 percent for the first 20 minutes to the Owls' 32.3 percent but TU won the battle of the boards, 19-17.
The Owls were led by Victoria Macauley with a game-high 15 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and three steals.
Xavier continues its two-game road swing this weekend at Virginia Commonwealth. The Musketeers and Rams will square off at 1 p.m. Saturday in Richmond, Va., at VCU's Siegel Center.