Women's Hoops Falls to Host Virginia, 54-45, in Championship of Cavalier Classic
Dec. 29, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - In the championship game of the Holiday Inn Cavalier Classic, the Xavier women's basketball team fell to the host Virginia Cavaliers, 54-45, Saturday night at UVa.'s Jones Arena. Juniors Shatyra Hawkes and Ashley Wanninger were named to the All-Tournament Team for their play over the weekend.
Xavier falls to 6-7 on the season with the loss while Virginia improves to 8-4 overall.
Wanninger led the Musketeers with 14 points on the night, including four 3-point baskets. Hawkes added nine points, seven assists and five rebounds while freshman Jenna Crittendon chipped in nine points and grabbed a team-high eight boards.
Virginia edged Xavier on the glass, 41-39, and the Cavaliers shot 33.3 percent from the floor to the Musketeers' 28.6 percent.
The game was senior Jessica Pachko's 100th career contest and she now has 978 career points.
Xavier opened the second half with four-straight points from Hawkes to cut the lead to one, 28-27, forcing the Cavaliers to call for timeout. The Musketeers kept the game close trailing 41-38 with just under eight minutes to play. Virginia used a 6-0 run to open the game up and never looked back. The Cavaliers ended the game holding the 54-45 margin.
After jumping out on the Musketeers, 16-7, the Cavaliers pushed their lead to 14, 24-13, after a 3-point basket from China Crosby. Xavier used a 5-0 spurt to cut the Cavalier lead to eight, 26-18, with just under four minutes left in the first half and pulled within three, 26-23, after Wanninger sank a three in transition with less than a minute left. Virginia took the 28-23 advantage into the locker room at the half.
Virginia was led by Ataira Franklin with 12 points, one of four Cavaliers in double-figures scoring. Sarah Imovbioh posted the game's only double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Musketeers return to action on Saturday, January 5 when they return home to play host to the Ohio Bobcats. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at Cintas Center.