McGuff Becomes Women's Hoops' All-Time Winningest Coach as Musketeers Blitz UK, 67-44
Dec. 2, 2008
CINCINNATI - Xavier women's basketball opened the second half with a 17-2 run against the visiting Kentucky Wildcats on their way to a 67-44 win in non-conference play Tuesday night at Cintas Center. Senior Jerri Taylor led the Musketeers with 18 points as XU improves to 6-2 on the season while Kentucky falls to 4-2.
With the victory, head coach Kevin McGuff became the all-time winningest coach in Xavier history, eclipsing Melanie Balcomb (1995-06 through 2001-02). In his first six seasons, McGuff has led Xavier to a 136-61 record, a .690 winning percentage. The Musketeers have reached the postseason all six years of McGuff's tenure at Xavier.
Taylor's game-leading 18 came on 7-11 shooting, including 4-7 from three. Sophomore All-American candidate Ta'Shia Phillips added 9 points and 10 rebounds, just missing her fifth double-double of the season.
Sophomore Special Jennings netted 10 points of her own, as well as four rebounds and three assists.
Xavier opened the first half with an 11-2 run, including a Jerri Taylor steal and pull-up three-pointer on the ensuing fast break. Kentucky stopped the bleeding with five straight points of their own, but the Musketeers responded with another run, opening a 25-7 lead by the six minute mark.
At the half, Xavier went to the locker room with a 36-21 lead on 14-25 shooting (56.0 percent). The Wildcats shot an ice-cold 20 percent (6-30) from the field in the first half.
The paint was Xavier's tonight as the Musketeers outscored the Wildcats 26-10 under the basket.
Xavier concluded the game with a 42.1 field goal percentage on 24-57 shooting. Kentucky finished the night shooting 13-62 (21.0 percent) from the floor with 17 turnovers.
The Musketeers will return to action at Cintas Center this Friday when they play host to Akron. Game time is set for 7 p.m.