No. 4 Xavier Suffers First Loss of Season at No. 3 Duke, 46-45
Dec. 21, 2010
DURHAM, N.C. - The No. 4 Xavier women's basketball suffered a 46-45 set back at No. 3 Duke Tuesday night, its first loss of the season, ending its 25-game regular-season winning streak. Senior Amber Harris led all scorers with 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, for the game's only double-double, to go with a season-high six blocks.
Senior Ta'Shia Phillips corralled a game- and season-high 19 rebounds to go with eight points while senior Special Jennings dished out a game-high five assists for the Musketeers. Less than two minutes into the game Harris grabbed an offensive rebound on a missed three to tally her 1,000th career rebound making her only the third Musketeer to surpass the 1,000 point-1,000 rebound mark.
Xavier (10-1) shot 38.0% for the game compared to Duke's (12-0) 26.8% and the Musketeers won the battle of the boards by a margin of 51-37. XU committed a dismal 30 turnovers to DU's 12 and the Blue Devils snatched 21 steals to the Musketeers' five.
Shooting woes plagued both teams in the second half. A Harris layup with just under nine minutes remaining set the score at 42-40 in favor of Xavier and it stayed that way until Harris made a free throw at the 4:53 mark. The next field goal came at 2:42, again by Harris to stretch XU's lead to five, 45-40. The Blue Devils would score the last six points of the game to claim the 46-45 victory.
DU's Jasmine Thomas laid in a shot with just over two minutes on the clock and pulled within one on Karima Christmas' layup. Two free throws provided the winning margin and Xavier was unable to get a shot off with 2.5 seconds showing on the clock as Jennings' layup at the buzzer was blocked.
An 8-2 run by the Musketeers to open the second half gave Xavier its largest lead of the game, 36-27, at the 16:17 mark.
The Blue Devils were led by J. Thomas with 16 points while Krystal Thomas added 10 points and eight rebounds.
The Musketeers get a break for Christmas and return to the road on Dec. 28 with a trip to No. 8 Stanford. Tip is set for 4 p.m. ET.