Freshman Aliyah Zantt scored 11 points in her debut as a Musketeer against Bucknell
Nov. 11, 2012
CINCINNATI - The Xavier women's basketball team is set to host the Michigan Wolverines Monday evening. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Cintas Center. This will be the sixth meeting between the two teams and a chance for the Musketeers to even out the series at three wins apiece.
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Xavier (1-0) picked up a season-opening win over Bucknell Saturday, 71-62, and also went 1-0 in exhibition action with its 67-51 win over Indianapolis on Nov. 3. XU was 8-20 last season and made its 17th consecutive appearance in the Atlantic 10 Championship. The Musketeers are under the direction of second-year head coach Amy Waugh, a 2003 Xavier graduate and four-year letter winner.
In XU's season opener against Bucknell the Musketeers were without their top returning scorer and rebounder senior forward Jessica Pachko due to a family illness. Xavier adjusted to the missing puzzle piece and shared the rock as four Musketeers recorded double-digit scoring nights including sophomore Lakeisha Crouch with the game's only double-double (11p, 12r).
Michigan (1-0) also opened the season with a win on Friday, a 70-62 victory over Detroit at U-M's Crisler Center. The Wolverines are currently receiving votes in the Associated Press and the USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls and are led by first-year head coach Kim Barnes Arico, a 16-year college head coaching veteran. U-M dominated Slippery Rock, 106-35, in its only exhibition contest of the preseason.
U-M seniors Jenny Ryan and Kate Thompson spearheaded the Wolverine offensive attack against Detroit Friday with 18 points each as four Wolverines scored in double figures. Senior Rachel Sheffer scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and sophomore Brenae Harris netted 11 points. U-M's starting five accounted for 68 of the team's 70 points.
Xavier and Michigan have previously met five with the Wolverines holding the 3-2 advantage in the all-time series. The two squads last met in Ann Arbor during the 2010-11 season (Nov. 15) as the Musketeers claimed the 85-76 win at U-M's Crisler Center.