BACK TO BACK A-10 CHAMPS!!
March 10, 2008
PHILADELPHIA - Junior guard Jerri Taylor led all scorers with 14 points and came up with a big steal with under 10-seconds remaining to lead the Xavier University women's basketball team to a 47-42 victory over Temple and to its second consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship on Monday evening in Philadelphia. With the win, the No. 3 seeded Musketeers improve to 24-8 on the season while the top-seeded Owls slip to 22-12. With the Championship, XU earns the Atlantic 10 Conference's automatic bid into the 2008 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship.
Freshman center Ta'Shia Phillips was named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player, notched her 18th double-double of the season with a 10-point, 13-rebound effort. She was 4-of-7 from the floor and six of her boards came on the offensive glass.
Sophomore forward Amber Harris was named to the All-Championship Team and scored 12 points, snatched six rebounds and blocked five shots.
The Musketeers have now won four Atlantic 10 Championships since the 2000 season and the team improves to a league best 22-9 all-time in A-10 Championship play. XU is 8-1 all-time as the defending A-10 Champion.
"It was a hard-fought game," said head coach Kevin McGuff. "Temple is a great team that can defend and rebound as well as anybody we've played. I'm really proud with the way we dug in down the stretch in such a hard-fought game to get a lot of great stops and tough rebounds."
XU built a 44-39 lead at the 3:40 mark but
The Musketeers sprinted out to a 15-5 run over the next 3:40 and seized a 44-39 after Ta'Shia Phillips converted on back-to-back buckets.
XU's first field goal would not come for another 1:50 when
That was the first of six first-half lead changes and
Xavier will now await its seed and opponent in the 2008 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship. Pairings will be announced on Monday, March 17.