Senior Ashley Wanninger
Feb. 21, 2014
Game #27 - Xavier (8-18, 3-11 BIG EAST) at Providence (6-20, 1-14 BIG EAST)
Game Notes: Xavier Game Notes (PDF)
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
City: Providence, R.I.
Site: Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium (1,854)
Live Stats: Friars.com
Live Video: Friars.com
Live Audio: GoXavier.com
Talent: Mike Schmaltz (P-B-P)
Twitter: @Xavier_WBB | @XavierGameday
Twitter Hashtags: #LetsGoX
Current Streak: L 8
Last 5: 0-5
Last 10: 1-9
Last 15: 3-12
Away Record: 1-8
vs. Providence: 2nd Meeting; Xavier leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Jan. 18, 2014; XU 75, Providence 52
Up Next: at Butler - Feb. 25 (7 p.m.)
AT A GLANCE
The Musketeers will look to snap an eight-game losing streak when they travel to Providence, R.I. to face the Friars of Providence on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 22). The BIG EAST Conference matchup is set to tip at 2 p.m. ET.
Following Saturday afternoon’s matchup at Providence, the Musketeers will have three regular season contests left before heading to Chicago to participate in the 2014 BIG EAST Tournament (March 8-11). XU will face Bulter in Indianapoils (Feb. 25), host Villanova on March 1 on Senior Day, before wrapping up the regular season slate at Seton Hall on March 4..
Head Coach: Brian Neal (Northern Kentucky ‘91)
Career Record: 179-49 (8th Season)
Record at Xavier: 8-18 (1st Season)
Head Coach: Susan Robinson Fruch (Penn State ‘92)
Career Record: 87-126 (7th Season)
Record at Creighton: 13-43 (2nd Season)
PLAY 4 KAY
The Musketeers will participate three Play 4 Kay games this season. Xavier’s games at Georgetown (Feb. 8) and at Providence (Feb. 22) as well as the Blue and White’s home contest vs. Creighton (Feb. 18) will be Play 4 Kay events.
The Play 4Kay initiative is an opportunity for a nation of coaches to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.
Since its inception in 2007, the Play 4Kay initiative has raised over $2.8 million to support women’s cancer research. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is the official charity of the initiative.
@XAVIER_WBB PROBABLE STARTING 5 QUICK HITS
#5 Kayla Davis (G)
• Member of the U19 Canadian national team that competed in 2013 FIBA Worlds in Lithuania
• Recorded a steal in eight games this season
• Scored a career-high 14 points at Marquette (Feb. 15)
#13 Ashley Wanninger (G)
• Scored a career-high 26 points vs. Georgetown (Jan. 8)
• 20th in points per game (11.4) in BIG EAST play
• t-6th in the BIG EAST in 3-pointers made per game (2.0)
• Made at least one trifecta in 18 games this season
#15 Aliyah Zantt (G)
• Scored in double figures six times this season
• t-2nd in the BIG EAST with 60 total steals
• 3rd in the BIG EAST in steals per game (2.3)
#14 Briana Glover (F)
• Scored a layup with 23 seconds left to force overtime at U-M (Nov. 13)
• Averaging 27.3 minutes per contest
• Shooting .415 from the field
#21 Maddison Blackwell (F)
• Made her first career start at Georgetown (Feb. 8)
• t-2nd on the team in total steals (24)
• Leads the team in total offensive rebounds (31)
Over the last eight seasons (278 games; since 2006-07 season), Xavier has made at least one three-pointer in 276 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 1,357 triples since the 2006-07 season, good for an average of 4.88 three-point field goals made per game.
Sophomore ALIYAH ZANTT’s 60 steals lead the team and are the 2nd most of any player in the BIG EAST this season.
• t-2nd in the BIG EAST in total steals with 60.
• 3rd in the BIG EAST in steals per game (2.4).
• Thru games played on Feb. 16, she ranked 51st in the nation (2.36 steals per game).
• Registered a career-high six steals at DePaul this season (Jan. 1).
• Has 42 steals in the last 15 games.
• Tallied multiple steals in 14 games this season.
• Has recorded three or more steals nine times this year.
• Has a steal in 42 of 55 career games, including 21 multi-steal performances.
• Reached 50 career steals in 41st career game (vs Indiana; Dec. 29).
• Currently has a steal in 25 of 26 games this season, including recording a theft in 18 straight contests.
Of the 13 Division I schools in the state of Ohio, the Musketeers (8-16) rank t-10th for the most victories in the state (thru games played on Feb. 19).
Wright St. 19-7
Ohio St. 14-14
Cleveland St. 13-11
Youngstown St. 11-12
Miami (OH) 7-16
Kent St. 5-19
AWAY FROM CINTAS CENTER
Xavier owns an 84-65 record away from Cintas Center since 2002-03, including 52-34 (.605) in conference road games.
Year Away Record Scoring Margin
2002-03 6-8 -1.2
2003-04 7-5 +1.4
2004-05 9-6 +4.3
2005-06 7-7 +1.9
2006-07 7-3 +8.4
2007-08 9-4 +5.4
2008-09 10-4 +4.0
2009-10 9-1 +11.9
2010-11 11-2 +11.0
2011-12 2-8 -9.8
2012-13 5-8 -3.0
2013-14 2-10 -18.4
KNOW YOUR OPPONENT | PROVIDENCE FRIARS
Providence enters the contest with Xavier sitting in 10th place with a 1-14 BIG EAST conference record. The Friars are 6-20 overall. After starting the season 4-1, Providence has lost 19 of its last 21 games. However, they have lost five of their last nine games by single digits. The team allows the most points per game of all BIG EAST teams (75.3). So far this season, the Friars average 70.3 points per game.
LAST GAME OUT
Providence fell to Seton Hall in South Orange, N.J. on Tuesday night, 82-72. The loss drops the Friars’ road record to 3-11 this season. Junior forward Alexis Harris earned her 10th double-double of the season by scoring a game-high 26 points and 10 rebounds. Providence held a one-point lead at halftime and was tied with the Pirates midway through the second half, but Seton Hall was able to pull away and take a 10-point lead with 2:58 remaining. Freshman Sarah Beal scored 12 points and also had five boards, four assists and two steals. Junior Tori Rule contributed 11 points, three rebounds and three assists.
The junior tandem of Tori Rule and Alexis Harris has scored the fourth most points per game among BIG EAST players, averaging 31 points. Rule is fourth in the conference with 16.4 points per game. She has a .351 field goal percentage and averages 2.1 shots made from long distance per game. Harris enters the contest averaging 14.6 points per game and a team-high 8.8 rebounds per game. She also has 26 blocked shots throughout this season.
Freshman guard Sarah Beal is making a major impact for the Friars. The Matthews, N.C. native averages 11.2 points per game and 4.7 assists per game, fifth highest in the BIG EAST. Beal also averages a team-high 1.5 steals per game. Beal has started in 25 of the Friars’ 26 games this season, garnering 32.7 minutes per game.