Nov. 17, 2007
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.