Women's Basketball Preview: Friday, November 9 at Florida

Jerri Taylor and the Musketeers will begin regular-season play on Friday at Florida.

Jerri Taylor and the Musketeers will begin regular-season play on Friday at Florida.

Nov. 7, 2007

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CINCINNATI - The Xavier University women's basketball team will open the 2007-08 regular season when the team travels to Gainesville, Fla. to take on the Gators.  Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. and fans can listen to the action live via internet radio broadcast with Mike Schmaltz on the call.  This year, Xavier will be offering the internet radio broadcast free of charge and fans can access the broadcast on GoXavier.com. 


The Musketeers finished the 2006-07 season with a 26-8 record, an Atlantic 10 Championship and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament.




McGuff Gets 100
Sixth-year head coach Kevin McGuff's first five seasons at Xavier have been the most productive first five seasons any XU coach has enjoyed.  McGuff is the first coach to lead Xavier to five consecutive postseason appearances in his/her first five years at XU and he reached 100 wins in fewer games (149) than any coach in Xavier history.  McGuff's record at Xavier now stands at 106-50 and his .679 winning percentage is the highest in XU history.


McGuff Moves Up A-10 Charts
Sixth-year head coach Kevin McGuff is bolting up a couple of lists after leading XU to an 11-3 conference record last season.  McGuff is in ninth place on the all-time Atlantic 10 winning percentage list (regular season games only).  McGuff has a record of 54-24 in A-10 regular season games since the 2002-03 season for a winning percentage of .692.  Joe McKeown (GW) and Dawn Staley (Temple) are the only other two active A-10 coaches with better winning percentages in regular season play (min. 30 wins).  McGuff now sits in 15th place, after just four seasons, on the A-10 wins list (regular season games only) with 54.


Xavier in Season Openers
Xavier is 24-12 all-time in season openers and is 10-8 all-time when opening the season on the road.  XU opened the season on the road in each of Kevin McGuff's first four seasons as head coach and the Musketeers won three of those four contests. 

Season Openers Under McGuff
Date          Opponent            Score
11/12/06    vs. Florida       W, 86-70
11/18/05    at Coppin State W, 86-46
11/19/04    at Florida State L, 56-48
11/21/03    at Louisville     W, 72-64
11/22/02    at Pepperdine W, 62-54|

XU vs. the Gators
Friday's showdown will be the second all-time between the Gators and the Musketeers with XU winning last year's season opener, 86-70, at Cintas Center.  Amber Harris got her career off on the right foot vs. the Gators, scoring 15 points, snaring eight rebounds and blocking four shots.

McGuff vs. Butler
Kevin McGuff and Amanda Butler have faced each other three times with Butler winning all three matchups as the head coach of Charlotte from 2005-07.

Jan. 3, 2006 Charlotte 61, Xavier 59
Feb. 5, 2006 Charlotte 63, Xavier 55
Jan. 14, 2007 Charlotte 61, Xavier 59

Musketeers Win Third Straight A-10 Championship Game
With their 65-59 win vs. Saint Joe's on March 5, the Musketeers claimed their third Atlantic 10 Conference Championship, won its third A-10 Championship Game in-a-row and improved to 3-1 all-time in the A-10 Championship Game. 

Xavier in the A-10 Final

Year   Opponent             Result
2007  Saint Joe's                       W, 65-59
2001 George Washington           W, 81-56
2000 George Washington           W, 80-66
1999 Saint Joe's                        L, 85-73

Harris Earns Preseason Accolades
After an outstanding rookie season, sophomore forward Amber Harris has been garnering a significant amount of award recognition.  Harris has been tabbed as a Preseason All-America Third Team selection by The Sporting News while also being placed on the Watch List for the prestigious John R. Wooden Award.  She also earned mention on the Preseason All-Atlantic 10 First Team after being honored as a First Team pick and Rookie of the Year last season.

XU Selected to Finish Second in A-10
The Musketeers have been selected to finish in a tie for second place in the A-10 as predicted by media and league coaches.  Along with being placed on the Preseason First Team, Amber Harris also earned mention as an All-Defensive Team pick.

2007-08 A-10 Predicted Order of Finish
1. George Washington (17)
T2. Charlotte
T2. Xavier
4. Temple
5. Richmond
6. Saint Joseph's
7. Massachusetts
8. Dayton
9. Saint Louis
10. La Salle
11. St. Bonaventure
12. Rhode Island
13. Duquesne
14. Fordham