Xavier Falls 63-59 to No. 19 Louisville
Nov. 30, 2006
CINCINNATI - Freshman forward Amber Harris recorded her first career double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds but XU could not overcome a cold shooting night and fell 63-59 to No. 19 Louisville on Thursday evening at Cintas Center. With the loss, XU slips to 5-2 on the year while the Cardinals improve to a spotless 7-0.
Harris' 15 came on 5-of-19 shooting and she also posted three blocked shots. Senior guard Suntana Granderson scored 13 points and chased down four rebounds for the Musketeers. Senior center DeAnna Mason matched her career high with 10 points. She also hauled in seven rebounds and posted two steals. Mason's 10 points came on 5-for-5 shooting from the field.
The Cardinals built a six-point half time lead to 11 points, 50-39, when Jazz Covington converted on a fast break lay-up at the 11-minute mark.
XU would not go away though, sprinting out to an 8-0 run over the next 1:30 and extending that spurt to an 18-7 run when Jerri Taylor registered a steal and hit the ensuing lay-up to knot the score up at 57 with three-minutes to go.
XU would score only two more points for the remainder of the contest though and Yuliya Tokova converted on a big put-back to give U of L a four-point edge.
Louisville won the battle of the boards 60-to-45 and held a 39-to-29 edge on the defensive glass. XU shot just 28.6 percent from the field but forced the Cardinals into 21 turnovers.
The first half was a back-and-forth grind, featuring six ties and nine lead changes. XU took its largest lead of the first session, 26-21, when Michele Miller converted on a put-back with 4:10 remaining. XU would go cold though and failed to make another field goal for the duration. The Cardinals would take advantage, ending the half on a 12-2 run to seize a 33-27 lead at the break.
The Musketeers will return to action on Saturday, December 2 when the team welcomes Morehead State to Cintas Center. Game time is set for 4 p.m.