Charlotte 49ers Are Next Up for Women's Hoops
CINCINNATI – The No. 7/7 Xavier women’s basketball team heads to Charlotte to take on the 49ers and look to remain a spotless record in conference play. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at Halton Arena.
No. 7/7 Xavier (15-2, 4-0 A-10) has opened Atlantic 10 play with a perfect 4-0 mark, including head coach Kevin McGuff’s 200th career win on Wednesday - a 76-56 victory over St. Bonaventure at home. The Musketeers’ .446 field goal percentage is tops in the league and XU also leads the conference in scoring margin (+17.2), blocked shots (4.7), assist/turnover ratio (1.1) and attendance (2,701) and is tied for first in rebounding margin (+11.2) with none other than Charlotte. Xavier ranks second in the A-10 in scoring offense (72.6), field goal percentage defense (.345) and assists (16.9).
The Musketeers are led by redshirt senior Amber Harris with 19.4 ppg. (3rd A-10) and 10.8 rpg. (2nd A-10), one of two players that averages a double-double. The second is senior Ta’Shia Phillips with 14.3 ppg. (7th A-10) and 12.9 rpg. (1st A-10), who became the league’s all-time leading rebounder this past Sunday at Massachusetts. Phillips leads the A-10 with a .569 field goal percentage as well. Senior Special Jennings dishes out 5.0 apg. (1st A-10) and her 2.2 assist/ratio is also tops in the league.
Charlotte (15-4, 3-1 A-10) is coming off a 64-50 win at Rhode Island on Wednesday and the Niners have won three straight after dropping their A-10 opener to Temple at home. The 49ers lead the A-10 in field goal percentage defense (.331) and offensive rebounds (17.6) and their rebound margin is tied for first (+11.2). Charlotte comes in second in the league in scoring defense (54.8), scoring margin (+14.7), blocked shots (4.6) and steals (9.7).
The 49ers are led by Shannon McCallum with 12.1 ppg. and Epiphany Woodson with 10.3 ppg. Jennifer Hailey is the team’s leading rebounder, averaging 7.9 boards per contest (4th A-10) while Kendria Holmes dishes out 3.7 apg. (7th A-10).
Xavier and Charlotte have previously met nine times in the series between the two squads with XU holding the 6-3 advantage. The Musketeers and Niners first met on Dec. 4, 1998 as XU picked up an 83-69 road win over Charlotte. Most recently, Xavier defeated Charlotte, 51-49, on Mar. 7, 2010 during the 2010 Atlantic 10 Tournament.