Women's Basketball Preview: Sunday, January 10 vs. Temple

Tyeasha Moss and the Musketeers will take on Temple Sunday.

Tyeasha Moss and the Musketeers will take on Temple Sunday.

Jan. 8, 2010


CINCINNATI - The No. 16/14 Xavier University women's basketball team is set to take the floor against Temple on Sunday, January 10 in both teams' Atlantic 10 Conference opener.  XU comes into the game with a 10-3 record while Temple sports a 10-4 mark.

McGuff Eclipses All-Time Wins Mark
Head coach Kevin McGuff became XU’s all-time winningest coach when his team defeated Kentucky by a 67-44 count on December 2, 2008.  McGuff’s record at Xavier now stands at 165-69 and his .705 winning percentage is the highest in XU history.  Melanie Balcomb, the current head coach at Vanderbilt and previous record holder at XU, eclipsed Mark Ehlen’s all-time mark in her first try as did McGuff.  It took Balcomb 212 games to reach 135 wins ... McGuff won his 135th game in his 196th game.  McGuff is the first coach to lead XU to the postseason in each of their first seven seasons.




McGuff Moves Up A-10 Charts
Head coach Kevin McGuff is bolting up a couple of lists after leading XU to a 13-1 conference record last season.  McGuff is in eighth place on the all-time Atlantic 10 winning percentage list (regular season games only).  McGuff has a record of 78-29 in A-10 regular season games since the 2002-03 season for a winning percentage of .729, which is the best among active coaches.  McGuff now sits in ninth place, in just his seventh season, on the A-10 wins list (regular season games only) with 78.


Xavier Ranked No. 16/14
Xavier comes into today’s game ranked No. 16 by the Associated Press and No. 14 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.  The Musketeers have now been ranked for 39 weeks in their history.  Xavier is 53-12 all-time as a ranked team and the No. 8 ranking Xavier held earlier this season marked the highest XU had ever achieved in each poll.


XU vs. Ranked Teams
Xavier stands at 10-23 all-time vs. teams ranked in the Associated Press Poll, including 2-2 this season.  Xavier was 3-1 during the 2007-08 season as the team downed No. 24 NC State by a 51-49 score on December 12, No. 7 Georgia by a 65-55 count on January 6 and No. 13 George Washington on March 9.  Georgia was the highest-ranked team XU had ever beaten at home and the Lady Dogs were the highest-ranked opponent XU had beaten since the team downed No. 3 Tennessee in the 2001 NCAA Mideast Regional semifinal.  2007-08 marked the first year XU had beaten three ranked teams in a season since 1999-00.  Xavier was 0-3 vs. ranked teams last year.


Xavier Not at a Loss
XU has not suffered through many two-game losing streaks over the last few years.  Since the 2004-05 season, XU is 37-5 following a loss.   


Musketeers Rarely Drop Two Straight at Cintas Center
Following the 80-61 victory over Mississippi State, the Musketeers are 13-1 following a home loss since December 18, 2004.  The only time since then that XU has dropped consecutive home games came on 11/25/07 (61-56 loss vs. Liberty) and 12/1/07 (61-55 loss vs. Cincinnati).  Xavier lost its last game at Cintas Center, a 56-47 setback to LSU.   


XU in A-10 Openers
The Musketeers are 6-8 all-time in Atlantic 10 Conference openers and have lost seven of the last 10 A-10 openers.  Xavier and Temple have never met in an A-10 opener.
Year      Opponent          Score    Finish
2008-09            at Charlotte       W, 67-49           13-1
2007-08            at GW               L, 56-46            11-3
2006-07            at Dayton          W, 71-54           11-3
2005-06            at Charlotte       L, 76-72            11-5
2004-05            Duquesne          W, 81-60           13-3
2003-04            GW                   L, 65-49            8-8
2002-03            at Dayton          L, 82-65            11-5
2001-02            at Dayton          L, 77-66            5-11
2000-01            Fordham            W, 84-66           15-1
1999-00            at Dayton          L, 78-77            13-3
1998-99            Dayton             L, 76-66            11-5
1997-98            at GW               W, 63-58           11-5
1996-97            at Dayton          L, 83-80            5-11
1995-96            at Duquesne      W, 70-63           7-9


XU Conference Openers
Today’s game against Temple will mark XU’s 27th conference opener and the Musketeers are 12-14 in their previous 26 conference openers.  XU was 0-3 in North Star Conference openers, 6-3 in Midwestern Conference openers and is 6-8 in A-10 openers.


Xavier in A-10 Home Openers
Xavier is 11-3 all-time in Atlantic 10 home openers with its last loss coming on January 21, 2007 vs. George Washington.  XU lost that contest 67-55.  XU has won eight of its last 10 Atlantic 10 home openers and is 7-2 all-time in Atlantic 10 home openers at Cintas Center.


The Series vs. Temple
Xavier is 10-9 all-time against Temple and the Musketeers have won three of the last four meetings.  XU lost last year’s game, 74-65, in Philadelphia.  The Musketeers are 5-4 all-time vs. the Owls at home, including 2-4 at Cintas Center.  XU lost six games in a row to Temple from 2003-2007, before defeating TU, 54-53, in the semifinals of the 2007 Atlantic 10 Championship.