Xavier host Cincinnati in the Crosstown Shootout on Sunday, Dec. 4
Nov. 30, 2011
CINCINNATI -The Xavier women's basketball team dropped a 67-56 decision to the South Carolina Gamecocks Wednesday evening at Cintas Center. Sophomore Shatyra Hawkes led the Musketeers with a career-high 18 points.
Xavier falls to 1-4 on the season, while South Carolina improves to 6-1.
Hawkes was 5-of-12 from the floor and a near perfect 6-of-8 from the free throw line. She dished out six assists and hauled in six boards. Senior Tyeasha Moss scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half, going 2-of-5 from downtown and 5-of-13 from the field.
The Musketeers opened up the second half going on an 11-4 run to bring the deficit to seven heading into the first media timeout. The Gamecocks were able to be efficient down the stretch off of Xavier turnovers, converting 27 points off 23 Musketeer turnovers.
Free throws turned out to be a difference maker as both teams shot similarly from the floor. (Xavier shot 40.8 percent from the floor, while South Carolina was at 44.0 percent.) The Gamecocks got to the line 38 times to Xavier's 18. South Carolina was shooting 55.3 percent from the charity stripe (21-of-38) while Xavier was 66.7 percent (12-of-18).
Xavier suffered through a drought in the first half that lasted over eight minutes. Hawkes connected on a basket at the 6:52 mark to bring the score to 24-12 in favor of South Carolina. The Musketeers shot 39.1 percent in the first half to the Gamecocks' 42.9 percent. As both teams entered the locker rooms for intermission South Carolina lead 34-20.
XU's 56 points were the most South Carolina has allowed this season. The Gamecocks are ranked fifth in the nation in scoring defense at 45.3 points per game. The Musketeers also outrebounded the Gamecocks 36-34.
Xavier has not suffered a four-game losing streak since the 2004 campaign when the Musketeers dropped four games between Feb. 8 and 19.
The Musketeers 25 fouls was the most committed in one game since the 2008-09 season when Xavier had 24 fouls at Saint Louis on Feb. 21.
The women return back to Cintas Center for its third game of a five-game home stand on Sunday as Xavier plays host to the Crosstown Shootout against the University of Cincinnati Bearcats. Game time is set for 2 p.m. Stay tuned to GoXavier.com for more information on Xavier women's basketball.