Women's Basketball Preview: Sunday, November 18 vs. Valpo

Moe Hester enjoyed the best game of her career on Thursday vs. Penn State.
Moe Hester enjoyed the best game of her career on Thursday vs. Penn State.

Nov. 17, 2007

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Game Notes

CINCINNATI -- The Xavier University women's basketball team will take on Valparaiso on Sunday, November 18.  Game time is set for 2 p.m. at Cintas Center.  XU comes into the contest coming off a 72-68 come from behind win over Penn State on Thursday and sports a 1-1 record.  Valpo comes into the game with an 0-3 mark.



XU in Home Openers
The Musketeers improved to 27-9 all-time in home openers after Thursday's victory over Penn State.  The Musketeers have had much more success in home openers of late, winning 16 consecutive home openers dating back to a 99-68 victory over West Virginia on December 8, 1992.  XU's last loss in a home opener came on 12/3/91; an 83-81 setback to Ohio. 

Harris Comes up Big vs. Penn State
Amber Harris scored 30 point, snared 13 rebounds and blocked five shots in Xavier's 72-68 win over Penn State on November 15.  21 of her 30 came after halftime and the sophomore scored nine conseuctive points over a two-minute stretch to put Xavier up by four points with under two-minutes remaining.  Harris scored 15 points and swatted three shots as XU embarked on its decisive 26-7 run.

Xavier Not at a Loss
XU's loss to Louisville on November 30, 2006 marked the Musketeers' first two-game losing streak since the team dropped a 74-72 decision to No. 22 Maryland on December 4, 2004; a span of 67 games.  Since the Maryland game, XU is 24-1 following a loss.  Xavier extended the streak with a win over Penn State on Thursday.

New Magic Number

The standard of 80 points had stood as a key to a Xavier victory as the Musketeers won 39 straight when scoring 80 or more from 1999-2002. But since Kevin McGuff has taken over, a new magic number has been established. Xavier has gone 66-4 (.942) in five seasons under McGuff when scoring at least 70 points.  XU's only losses when scoring 70+ points were an 82-79 overtime loss at Richmond on 1/5/04, a 74-72 loss to No. 22 Maryland on 12/4/04, a 76-72 loss at Charlotte on January 3, 2006 and most recently the 82-71 loss to open up the 2007-08 campaign.

XU vs. the Crusdaders

Xavier is a spotless 7-0 all-time vs. Valparaiso. XU last played the Crusaders during the 2005-06 season. XU did not connect on a 3-pointer during that contest but still came away with a 58-44 win.