Xavier Women Take Down Delaware State, 72-41

Amber Harris scored 23 points in the win over Delaware State.

Amber Harris scored 23 points in the win over Delaware State.

Nov. 27, 2010

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CINCINNATI - The No. 5/5 Xavier's women's basketball team defeated Delaware State, 72-41, Saturday afternoon to improve to 5-0 on the season. Senior Amber Harris led the Musketeers with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the floor while grabbing eight rebounds and blocking four shots.

For the game, Delaware State was held to 26.4 percent shooting (14-53) while Xavier shot over 50 percent from the field for the third time this season (52.9%, 27-51). The Musketeers won the battle of the boards, 40-30, and scored 32 points in the paint.

Xavier opened the second half on a 12-3 run to take a 30-point lead just over four minutes into the frame. The Musketeers would lead by as many as 35 points with 3:54 remaining on a night as 11 Musketeers saw action and 10 players scored. Senior Ta'Shia Phillips scored six points and grabbed five rebounds and senior Special Jennings chipped in seven points and five assists. Harris, Phillips, and Jennings spent much of the second half resting on the bench as Delaware State never mounted a second-half challenge.

Junior Tyeasha Moss added nine points on 3-of-4 from behind the arc and dished out a game-high seven assists. Junior Sabrina Johnson scored a season-high six points and grabbed five rebounds. On the night, Xavier assisted on 21 of 27 made shots.

Going into the halftime break, the Musketeers held a 37-17 lead over the Hornets. Xavier opened the game on a 12-2 run with five points coming from Harris during the run. Harris scored 19 first half points and grabbed seven boards.

During the opening frame, the Musketeers shot 55.6 percent (15-of-27) from the floor and assisted on 12 of their makes. The Hornets were held to 21.4 percent on 6-of-28 shooting and committed 16 turnovers due to a stingy and aggressive Xavier defense.

The Hornets were led by Kianna Conner with 10 points and Kianna D'Oliveira with six points and six rebounds.

The Musketeers will return to action on Tuesday, November 30 against Mississippi Valley State. Tip time is set for 11:30 a.m. at Cintas Center.