@Xavier_WBB Set To Host First-Ever BIG EAST Conference Game

Senior Shatyra Hawkes leads XU in scoring.

Senior Shatyra Hawkes leads XU in scoring.

Jan. 3, 2014


Game #14 - Xavier (5-8, 0-1 BIG EAST) vs. St. John’s (8-4, 1-0 BIG EAST)

Game Notes:
Xavier Notes | SJU Notes
Sunday, January 5, 2014
2:00 p.m. ET
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cintas Center (10,250)
Live Stats:
Live Audio:
Mike Schmaltz (P-B-B), Rich Hoyt (Analyst)
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Current Streak
: L 4
Last 5:
Last 10:
Home Record:
vs. St. John’s:
1st Meeting
Up Next:
vs. Georgetown - Jan. 8 (7:00 p.m. ET)

The Musketeers will look to snap a four-game losing streak and pick up the program’s first BIG EAST Conference win when they host to St. John’s at Cintas Center on Saturday, Jan. 4. The first-ever BIG EAST home game for XU is set to tip at 7 p.m. ET.

Following Saturday night’s matchup with St. John’s, the Blue and White will then host Georgetown (Jan. 8) and Marquette (Jan. 11) to wrap up a seven-day three-game homestand.

Xavier Head Coach: Brian Neal (Northern Kentucky ‘91)
Career Record:
176-39 (8th Season)
Record at Xavier:
5-8 (1st Season)

Head Coach: Joe Tartamella (James Madison ‘01)
Career Record:
28-15 (2nd Season)
Record at SJU:

#3 Shatyra Hawkes (G)

• Set a career-high in points (27) at Michigan (Nov. 13)
• 9th in the BIG EAST in points per game (14.8)
• Named to the 2013 Paradise Jam All-Tournament team
#13 Ashley Wanninger (G)

• Scored a career-high 25 points vs. Austin Peay (Dec. 7)
• 23rd in the BIG EAST in points per game (10.9)
• 10th in the BIG EAST in minutes per game (32.2)
• t-8th in the BIG EAST in 3-pointers made per game (1.7)
#35 Jenna Crittendon (G)

• Set a career-high in points (25) at Ohio (Nov. 10)
• 20th in the BIG EAST in points per game (11.1)
• 1st on the team and 9th in the BIG EAST in rebs. per game (7.3)
• Recorded her 2nd career double-double vs. Indiana (10 pts, 10 rebs)
#14 Briana Glover (F)

• Averaging 25.8 minutes per contest
• Shooting .391 from the field
• Scored a layup with 23 seconds left to force overtime at U-M (Nov. 13)
#23 Leah Schaefer (F)

• Tallied six points and three boards in her first collegiate game/start
• Finished with nine points and nine rebounds at Michigan (Nov. 13)
• Shooting .426 from the field
• 2nd on the team and 11th in the BIG EAST in rebs. per game (7.1)

In the last 10 seasons (since 2003-04), the Musketeers are 6-4 in conference openers at home. Since the 2003-04 season, the Blue and White are 5-6 in conferece openers.

XU, who fell to DePaul, 87-60, in the 2013-14 BIG EAST Conference opener on Jan. 1, has won three of the last five conference openers on their home court. Xavier has also lost two consecutive conference openers at home, with the average margin of defeat being 3.0 points.

XU is 164-50 over its 214-game run at Cintas Center since it opened prior to the 2000-01 season.

The Musketeers won their 150th game at Cintas Center with a 71-66 victory over visiting Morehead State on Dec. 6, 2011 (100th victory was 69-52 over Penn State 1/30/08).  

Over the last eight seasons (265 games; since 2006-07 season), Xavier has made at least one three-pointer in 263 contests. XU’s streak of 39 straight games with a triple (dating back to the 2012-13 season), was snapped vs. UC on Dec. 21, 2013.

The Musketeers have made 1,258 triples since the 2006-07 season, good for an average of 4.7 three-point field goals made per game.

Shatyra Hawkes, Ashley Wanninger and Jenna Crittendon have combined to account for 58.6 percent (36.8 points per game) of Xavier’s scoring. The trio is also shooting .377 (159-of-422) from the floor and .308 (62-of-201) from long distance.

Sophomore ALIYAH ZANTT’s 29 steals lead the team and are the most of any player in the BIG EAST this season.
• 1st in the BIG EAST in total steals with 29.
• 2nd the BIG EAST in steals per game (2.2).
• Thru games played on Dec. 29, she ranked 204th in the nation (1.92 steals per game).
• Registered a career-high six steals at DePaul this season (Jan. 1).
• Tallied multiple steals in six games this season.
• Has recorded three or more steals four times this year.
• Has a steal in 29 of 42 career games, including 13 multi-steal performances.
• Reached 50 career steals in 41st career game (vs Indiana; Dec. 29).
• Currently has a steal in 12 of 13 games this season, including recording a theft in five straight contests.

Of the 13 Division I schools in the state of Ohio, the Musketeers (5-8) rank t-7th for the most victories in the state (thru games played on Jan. 2).

School                     Record
Wright St.             11-4
Ohio St.                11-6
BGSU                   10-2
Cincinnati              7-6
Dayton                 7-4
Akron                   6-5
Toledo                  5-6
Ohio                     5-6
Cleveland St.         5-7
Xavier                  5-8
Youngstown St.      4-8
Miami (OH)            4-7
Kent St.                3-8

Last Time Out

Junior forward Amber Thompson scored 14 points and pulled down a season-high 15 rebounds - including 10 on the offensive glass, another season-high - to post her second double-double of the season and ninth of her career and lead the St. John’s women’s basketball squad to a nail-biting 61-58 victory over host Delaware in the Red Storm’s final out-of-conference tilt of the season on Monday evening.

The Blue Hens got back to within one point at 59-58 with 18 seconds remaining, but senior Keylantra Langley sealed the victory by stepping to the free throw line with 11.8 seconds and coolly sinking both ends of a one-and-one to reach the final 61-58. Delaware had one final attempt to send the game into overtime but could not convert at the final buzzer.

Aliyyah Handford notched another double-digit performance scoring 13 points, while also pulling down five rebounds and registering three steals.

Red Storm 3-PT Defense Ranks Top-5 In The Country
The Red Storm defense has been phenomenal in the early 2013-14 season, holding opponents to just 64.7 points per game. St. John’s foes are hitting just 23.7 percent of their attempts from behind the arc ranking the Red Storm 3rd in the country in 3-point field goal defense.

In the 2013-14 conference opener against Seton Hall, St. John’s limited the Pirates to a 9.1 (1-for-11) percentage from behind the arc, the best 3-point defensive effort since Feb. 17, 2013 when the Red Storm held Cincinnati to a .000 (0-for-6) mark at Carnesecca.

Road Trips
In four road contests this year, the Red Storm is 2-2. Both victories have come in dramatic fashion with the most recent ending in a 61-58 victory at Delaware and a thrilling 77-72 overtime win over Sacred Heart in the season opener. Despite a second half comeback, the first St. John’s road loss this season came at the hands of Florida, 72-68 followed by a 69-55 fall at Auburn on Dec. 6.