Women's Hoops Comes Back at IU; Advances to Preseason WNIT Semis
Nov. 16, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Sophomore Ta'Shia Phillips notched the 20th double-double of her career and senior guard Jerri Taylor scored a game-high 15 points to lead the No. 22 Xavier University women's basketball team past Indiana, 62-59, on Sunday afternoon in Bloomington, Ind. With the win, Xavier improves to 2-0 on the year while IU slips to 1-1.
Xavier now advances to the semifinal of the 2008 Preseason WNIT and will face No. 6 North Carolina on Wednesday, November 19 in Chapel Hill, N.C. at 7 p.m.
The second half was a back-and-forth battle, featuring seven ties and five lead changes. The game saw its last tie when Ta'Shia Phillips knotted the score up at 57 when she converted on a put back with three-minutes remaining.
XU got a stop on the ensuing possession and Tudy Reed came down and buried a 3-pointer to give XU a lead it would not relinquish with 1:50 to go.
IU shaved the lead to one point with under one-minute to go but Xavier got a big stop with 14-seconds left and Special Jennings was fouled. Jennings came up huge and connected on both free throws. A contested 3-pointer from IU came up short as time expired, giving XU a berth in the WNIT semifinal.
Along with Phillips and Taylor, two other Musketeers scored in double-figures. Jennings scored 11 points and dished-out four assists while Reed netted 13 and drilled three 3-pointers.
The Musketeers were out-rebounded by a 40-to-35 count, including 13-to-9 on the offensive glass. However, Xavier held a 16-to-8 edge in second chance points. XU held IU to only 35.7 percent shooting and the Musketeers were a solid 45.8 percent (11-for-24) from the 3-point arc.
Indiana came out strong and jumped out to a 17-5 lead after Jamie Braun buried a 3-pointer 7:30 into the first half. Xavier would have an answer though and charged out to a 15-3 run over a 4:50 stretch and pulled to within three points, 26-23, after Jennings made a pair of free throws. Jennings scored the final four points of that spurt.
IU would finish up the way it started though and extended the lead to six points, 33-27, on a pair of free throws by Amber Jackson.