Women's Basketball Comes From Behind For Win
AMHERST, Mass. --- The Xavier women’s basketball team erased a 14-point deficit in the final eight minutes at Massachusetts on Friday night to record a 53-43 win.
Xavier (11-7, 3-4) trailed by eight at halftime, and saw the deficit grow to 40-26 with 8:17 left to play.
Fueled by six points from Aida Sarajlija, the Musketeers used an 18-0 run to take a 44-40 lead with 4:09 remaining.
Freshman Chelsea Chowning scored a career high 15 points to lead Xavier. Nikki Wells added eight points to go with six rebounds.
Sarajlija finished with nine points. Adeola Olanrewaju grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds to go with four points.
Miranda Green finished with eight points, five rebounds and five assists for Xavier.
Tamara Tatham had 11 points to lead UMass (5-13, 1-6).
Shooting woes plagued Xavier early in the contest as the Musketeers hit just one field goal in their first 19 attempts. That put Xavier in a 19-5 hole with five minutes left in the half.
The deficit grew to as many as 15 as XU trailed 26-11 before the Musketeers closed the period with seven straight points to trail 26-18 at halftime.
Green started Xavier’s run, then Sarajlija had four in a row after hitting a layup then a pair of free throws thanks to a technical foul call.
Layups by Olanrewaju and Sarajlija then a Wells jumper got Xavier within one point before Chowning put Xavier up 42-40 with a three with 4:49 remaining.
The Musketeers never gave up the lead down the stretch.
After shooting just 18.5 percent (5-27) in the first half, Xavier rebounded to shoot 46.2 percent (12-26) in the second period.
Xavier will continue the road trip on Sunday with a 2 p.m. game at Rhode Island.