Women's Hoops Falls to No. 2 Stanford's Buzzer Beater in Regional Final

Ta'Shia Phillips fouled out with over five minutes remaining.

Ta'Shia Phillips fouled out with over five minutes remaining.

March 29, 2010

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SACRAMENTO - Junior forward Amber Harris scored a game-high 20 points but the No. 5 Xavier University women's basketball team fell victim to a coast-to-coast buzzer-beating lay-up by Stanford's Jeanette Pohlen as the Musketeers were nipped, 55-53, by No. 2 Stanford in the Sacramento Regional Final of the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship. With the loss, XU concludes its season with a 30-4 record while Stanford improves to 35-1 and advances to the Final Four in San Antonio.

Harris and Ta'Shia Phillips were each named to the All-Sacramento Region Team.

Things looked bleak for the Musketeers after Appel converted on a put back to give Stanford a 49-42 lead at the five-minute mark on the same possession that Ta'Shia Phillips fouled out on. However, XU would not lay down and mounted a 9-0 run over a 3:20 stretch to seize a 51-49 lead at the 1:40 mark.

Special Jennings sparked the run with an old-fashioned 3-point play at the 4:10 mark and April Phillips capped it with a strong put back down low to give XU a 51-49 edge at the 1:40 mark.

Stanford tied the score on the next possession but Tyeasha Moss scored on a driving layup with under a minute to go to reclaim the 53-41 edge. Kayla Pedersen answered with a tough runner but XU had the ball with 30-seconds remaining and the score tied at 53.

XU missed a pair of shots down low and Stanford called timeout with 4.4 seconds to go and set up Pohlen's heroics.

XU and Stanford tied 39-to-39 on the glass after the Cardinal had a 22-to-15 rebounding edge in the first half. XU shot just 38.3 percent from the floor but the team held Stanford to a paltry 35.1 percent shooting.

XU made just one of its 14 attempts from long-range and went just 6-of-11 from the charity stripe.

Harris' 20 came on 10-of-17 shooting and she also blocked a pair of shots. April Phillips added 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting and Dee Dee Jernigan scored chipped in with 10 points and two assists.

Xavier trailed by two points, 26-24, at the half but used an 8-0 run over a 50-second stretch to take a 40-39 lead on a Jernigan layup at the 12-minute mark. The 8-0 spurt was keyed by four points from Jernigan and a steal and lay-in by Harris.

Stanford reclaimed the lead, 41-40, on a Nnemkadi Ogwumike put back and then both teams went on 4:10 scoring droughts. Xavier had several good looks in its effort to build a lead but couldn't convert.

The 3:10 of the first half was a back-and-forth battle, featuring three ties and four lead changes. The Cardinal methodically built a lead though and extended their edge to six points, 24-18, after Kayla Pedersen nailed a 3-pointer at the 5:50 mark.

The Xavier defense clamped down from that point though and held Stanford to just two points for the remainder of the half. Stanford shot just 25.0 percent (7-of-28) during the first half, which was the lowest Cardinal field goal percentage in any half this season.

Dee Dee Jernigan scored four of Xavier's last six points of the first half to pull XU to within two points, 26-24, at the half.