#MarchMadness - No. 9 @Xavier_WBB to Face No. 8 Georgetown in BIG EAST Tourney 1st Rd

Senior Ashley Wanninger

Senior Ashley Wanninger

March 7, 2014

Game #31 - No. 9 Xavier (8-22, 3-15 BIG EAST) vs. Georgetown (10-20, 4-14 BIG EAST)

Game Notes:
Xavier Notes (PDF) | Georgetown Notes (PDF)
Saturday, March 8, 2014
7:30 p.m. ET
Chicago, Ill.
McGrath-Phillips Arena (3,000)
Live Stats:
Live Audio:
GoXavier.com | BIGEAST.com
Mike Schmaltz (Analyst)
@Xavier_WBB | @XavierGameday
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Current Streak:
L 13
Last 5:
Last 10:
Last 15:
Neutral Record:
vs. Georgetown:
4th Meeting; XU leads 2-1
Last Meeting:
Feb. 8, 2014; GU 66, XU 58
Up Next With A Win:
March 9 vs. No. 1 DePaul (7 p.m. ET)

The Musketeers will look to snap a 12-game losing streak when they hit the road to participate in the 2014 BIG EAST Women's Basketball Tournament in Chicago, Ill. (March 8-11). The No. 9 seed Musketeers will face No. 8 seed Georgetown in the first round at DePaul's McGrath-Phillips Arena on March 8. The BIG EAST Tournament opening round matchup is set to tip-off at 7:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. Central).

If the No. 9 Musketeers win their first round matchup with the No. 8 GU Hoyas, the Blue and White will then take on No. 1 DePaul (24-6, 15-3 BE) in the quarterfinals on Sunday, March 9 at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. Central).

Head Coach: Brian Neal (Northern Kentucky `91)
Career Record:
179-53 (8th Season)
Record at Xavier:
8-22 (1st Season)
BIG EAST Record:

Head Coach: Jim Lewis (West Virginia `68)
Career Record: 267-315 (21st Season)
Record at Georgetown:
10-20 (1st Season)
BIG EAST Record:

Following Villanova's win over Marquette on Tuesday night, the seeds were set for the 2014 BIG EAST Women's Basketball Tournament presented by New York Life. The Wildcats claimed the No. 4 seed with their win, nudging the Golden Eagles down to No. 5. The top-seeded Blue Demons of DePaul still have a game set for later this evening.

Marquette will face Villanova for the second time in less than a week in Sunday's Quarterfinals, with the Wildcats earning the season sweep following their win on Tuesday night.

The BIG EAST Tournament kicks off on Saturday at 4 p.m. (Central) at DePaul's McGrath-Phillips Arena when No. 10 Providence faces No. 7 Seton Hall. The Pirates earned the season sweep of the Friars, but the lower-seeded team has historically been victorious in their postseason showdowns.

No. 8 Georgetown and No. 9 Xavier will complete the First Round action at 6:30 p.m. The two squads split the season series with each home team successfully defending their home court. The Hoyas defeated PC in the First Round of the 2013 BIG EAST Tournament before bowing out in the Second Round to Villanova.

The winner of the Providence-Seton Hall tilt will face No. 2 St. John's at noon on Sunday at Allstate Arena. The Red Storm won at Providence by 21 in Monday's regular-season finale and swept both SHU and PC, with neither team getting closer than nine points at the final buzzer.

Following the St. John's Quarterfinal contest will be No. 3 Creighton versus No. 6 Butler. The two are playing in tonight's regular-season finale and the Bulldogs won Game 1 of the season series. Their Quarterfinal date is set for 2:30 p.m.

Hometown favorite and top seed DePaul will debut at 6 p.m. against the winner of the Xavier-Georgetown tilt. The Blue Demons are 8-8 all-time at the BIG EAST Tournament, knocking off Marquette in the Second Round as last season's No. 7 seed. DePaul has gone 1-1 in all eight appearances at the annual postseason tournament.

The Golden Eagles and Wildcats will cap Day 2 at 8:30 p.m. All four Quarterfinal contests will be streamed free on BIGEAST.com.

Monday's BIG EAST Tournament Semifinals are set for 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Allstate Arena. FOX Sports 1 will air both Semifinal contests, as well as Tuesday's championship bout. LaChina Robinson and Tiffany Greene will be the featured on-air talent.

BIG EAST Tournament Schedule

8       Sat.    G1: #7 Seton Hall vs. #10 Providence, 4 p.m.

                  G2: #8 Georgetown vs. #9 Xavier, 6:30 p.m.

9       Sun.   G3: #2 St. John's vs. #7/10 Winner, Noon

                  G4: #3 Creighton vs. #6 Butler, 2:30 p.m.

                  G5: #1 DePaul vs. #8/9 Winner, 6 p.m.

                  G6: #4 Villanova vs. #5 Marquette, 8:30 p.m.

10      Mon. G7: G3 Winner vs. G4 Winner, 3 p.m.^

                  G8: G5 Winner vs. G6 Winner, 5:30 p.m.^

11      Tues. G9: G7 Winner vs. G8 Winner, 8 p.m.^

All times local (Central); ^Aired on FOX Sports 1

Finishing the regular season with a 3-15 record in conference and picking up the No. 9 seed in the BIG EAST Conference Tournament (March 8-11), the Xavier women's basketball team picked up a postseason honor on Wednesday, March 5.

Freshman forward Maddison Blackwell was named to the BIG EAST All-Freshman team. The Gahanna, Ohio native scored in double figures three times during league play, highlighted by a career-high 21-point performance at Providence (Feb. 22). Blackwell, who notched a career-high 14 rebounds at Butler (Feb. 25), shot 45.7 percent from the field and averaged 6.1 points and 5.3 boards during conference games, which included shooting 44.7 percent from the floor and averaging 10.6 points and 8.4 rebounds over the last five games.

#25 Sydney Neal (G)

• Made her 1st collegiate start at Seton Hall (Mar. 4)
• Scored a season/career-high seven points at St. John's (Jan. 29)
• Played 24 minutes and recorded three steals at Providence (Feb. 22)
#13 Ashley Wanninger (G)

• Scored a career-high 26 points vs. Georgetown (Jan. 8)
• 22nd in points per game (11.6) in BIG EAST play
• 5th in the BIG EAST in 3-pointers made per game (2.0)
• Made at least one trifecta in 22 games this season
#15 Aliyah Zantt (G)

• Scored in double figures eight times this season
• 3rd in the BIG EAST with 66 total steals
• 3rd in the BIG EAST in steals per game (2.2)
#14 Briana Glover (F)

• Scored a layup with 23 seconds left to force overtime at U-M (Nov. 13)
• Averaging 28.5 minutes per contest
• Shooting .404 from the field
#21 Maddison Blackwell (F)

• Made her first career start at Georgetown (Feb. 8)
• Recorded her 1st career double-double at Providence (21 pts, 10 rebs; Feb. 22)
• Pulled down a career-high 14 boards at Butler (Feb. 25)
• Named to the 2014 BIG EAST All-Freshman Team (Mar. 5)
• Shooting 45.7 percent from the floor and averaging 10.6 points and 8.4 boards over the last five games

Over the last eight seasons (282 games; since 2006-07 season), Xavier has made at least one three-pointer in 280 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 1,378 triples since the 2006-07 season, good for an average of 4.89 three-point field goals made per game.

Sophomore Aliyah Zantt's 66 steals lead the team and are the 3rd most of any player in the BIG EAST this season.
• 3rd in the BIG EAST in total steals with 66.
• 3rd in the BIG EAST in steals per game (2.2).
• Thru games played on Mar. 2, she ranked 71st in the nation (2.21 steals per game).
• Registered a career-high six steals at DePaul this season (Jan. 1).
• Has 48 steals in the last 19 games.
• Tallied multiple steals in 16 games this season.
• Has recorded three or more steals nine times this year.
• Has a steal in 46 of 59 career games, including 23 multi-steal performances.
• Reached 50 career steals in 41st career game (vs Indiana; Dec. 29).
• Currently has a steal in 29 of 30 games this season, including recording a theft in 22 straight contests.

Of the 13 Division I schools in the state of Ohio, the Musketeers (8-22) rank 11th for the most victories in the state (thru games played on Mar. 4).

School                Record
BGSU                    25-3
Dayton                 21-6
Wright St.             21-8
Akron                   19-8
Ohio St.                15-17
Cleveland St.         14-14
Youngstown St.      13-14
Toledo                  13-14
Cincinnati              12-17
Ohio                     9-18
Xavier                  8-22

Miami (OH)           7-20
Kent St.                6-21

Xavier owns an 84-68 record away from Cintas Center since 2002-03, including 52-37 (.584) 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       2-13       -16.0