Women's Basketball Preview: Saturday, February 20 vs. UMass - Senior Day
Feb. 19, 2010
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 176-69 and his .718 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 89-28 in A-10 regular season games since the 2002-03 season for a winning percentage of .761, 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 89.
Xavier Ranked No. 6/6 Xavier comes into today's game ranked No. 6 by the Associated Press and No. 6 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Musketeers have now been ranked for 45 weeks in their history. Xavier is 63-12 all-time as a ranked team and the No. 6 ranking marks the highest XU has 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.
Streaking in League Play The Musketeers have won 25 of their last 26 regular season Atlantic 10 games. The streak dates back to a 60-57 win over St. Bonaventure on March 1, 2008. Since then XU's only loss has been the 74-65 setback at Temple on February 25, 2009. Xavier has won 15 of its last 16 A-10 regular season road games.
XU Stays Hot During February Over the last four years, Xavier is 31-5 during the month of February. The best Februarys under Kevin McGuff came during the 2008-09 and 2006-07 seasons when XU played to a 7-1 record. Xavier's best February all time came when the team went 8-0 during the 2000-01 season.
Ta'Shia Becomes XU's All-Time Leading Rebounder; Harris at 800
Junior star Ta'Shia Phillips has accumulated 1014 rebounds to become Xavier's all-time leading rebounder - and she is only a junior. Phillips broke Tara Boothe's previous mark of 1004 career rebounds on February, 17, 2010 at Dayton. Additionally, Phillips established a new single-season rebounding record, hauling in 386 boards during the 2008-09 season. The previous single-season mark was 371, set by none other than Phillips during the 2007-08 campaign.