@Xavier_WBB Set To Host Arkansas-Pine Bluff In 2013-14 Home Opener

Sophomore Aliyah Zantt

Sophomore Aliyah Zantt

Nov. 16, 2013


Game #3 - Xavier (1-1)
vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-2)
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Sunday, November 17, 2013
2:00 p.m.
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cintas Center (10,250)
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vs. Longwood - Nov. 21

Xavier, still riding the excitement of a 79-75 overtime win at Michigan on Wednesday, Nov. 13, will return home to Cintas Center to host Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Nov. 17). Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m., as the Musketeers will look to secure their first winning streak of the 13-14 campaign.

Following the UAPB game, the Blue and White will host Longwood (Nov. 20) for the first time in program history. The Lancers return eight letterwinners from a squad that went 14-19 overall (8-10 Big South) and secured an appearance in the 2013 Big South Conference Championship finals. The team's 14 victories marked the most wins in a season for the program since moving to Division I in 2007-08 (16).

The Lady Lions struggled from the field, shooting only 20% in a 76-38 loss to Iowa on Wednesday (Nov 13). The Lady Lions hit only 13-of-63 field goals and shot only 42.9% from the line (9-of-21). In the first half, UAPB shot a frosty 7-of-33 (21.2%) from the field. On the flip side, Iowa shot 51.4%, knocking down 18-of-35 field goals, building a 49-18 halftime lead.

The Hawkeyes cooled to 31% (11-for-35) in the second half, but UAPB remained cold, shooting only 20% (6-for-30). The second half was closer, but the mountain was too high to climb.

Christina Lasane had nine points and seven rebounds to lead UAPB. Carlisha Walker had 11 rebounds.

Since Cintas Center opened prior to the 2000-01 season, the Blue and White are a perfect 13-0 in home openers.

In XU's 79-75 overtime win at Michigan (Nov. 13) they knocked down 11-of-40 shots from behind the arc, marking just the second time the team has made double digit triples in a game since the 2011-12 season.

Season              Gms With Double Digit 3's
2011-12                           0
2012-13                           1
2013-14                           1

Xavier has gone 132-9 over the last 12 seasons when scoring at least 70 points, including 3-1 in 2012-13. XU's losses when scoring 70+ points during that span:

- 82-79: overtime loss at Richmond on Jan. 5, 2004
- 74-72: loss to No. 22 Maryland on Dec. 4, 2004
- 76-72: loss at Charlotte on Jan. 3, 2006
- 82-71: loss at Florida to open Nov. 9, 2007
- 72-71: loss to Michigan on Dec. 14, 2009
- 85-75: loss to Louisville on Mar. 22, 2011
- 80-75: double overtime loss to Ohio on Dec. 19, 2011
- 77-73: overtime loss to Appalachian State on Nov. 30, 2012
- 94-88: loss to Ohio on Nov. 10, 2013

Since the 2004-05 season, XU is 49-30 following a loss, including a 7-9 mark following a loss during the 2012-13 season.

Xavier scored 88 points on 28-of-61 (45.9 percent) shooting from the floor at Ohio (Nov. 10). The trio of Shatyra Hawkes, Jenna Crittendon and Ashley Wanninger combined for 64 points (20-of-36).

The 88 points is the highest XU total in a game since scoring 92 points at Saint Louis on Feb. 16, 2011.

On Nov. 7, Xavier Director of Athletics Greg Christopher named Brian Neal head coach of Xavier University's women's basketball team, making him the seventh head coach in program history. Neal had been operating as the interim head coach since Oct. 9, when former head coach Amy Waugh stepped down after a two-year tenure with the Musketeers.

Neal, who spent the last two seasons as an assistant with Xavier (2011-13), will be in his first season as a Division I head coach. Prior to joining Xavier, Neal was head coach of Thomas More's women's program (Division III) for seven years. A graduate of Northern Kentucky University, Neal has also served as an assistant coach at NKU and Wilmington.

Coach Brian Neal and his staff -- assistants Carla Morrow, Bryce McKey and Mark Ehlen, director of operations Garry Horton and video coordinator Brenden Stowers -- have a young team, with eight freshmen and a trio of sophomores on the 13-player roster.

The Blue and White graduated the team's top two scorers from last year's squad. That duo - Amber Gray and Jessica Pachko - accounted for 35 percent (21.1) of the team's scoring and 33.6 percent of the team's rebounding last year. Gray and Pachko, scored more than 1,000 points combined over the previous two seasons. The Musketeers are coming off a season where they advanced to the 2013 Buick Atlantic 10 Championship and earned a No. 7 seed. XU finished the 2012-13 campaign with a 13-16 overall record that included a 7-7 mark in league play.

The Musketeers return five players, including a trio of starters from last year's squad that went 8-8 at Cintas Center. Senior Ashley Wanninger is XU's top returning scorer (9.3 ppg) and three-point threat (53 made triples; .349). Xavier's leader in assists (3.7 apg) and free-throw percentage (.810) last season, senior Shatyra Hawkes, is the other returning starter. Sophomore Jenna Crittendon is coming off a solid rookie campaign where she averaged 6.4 points and 5.4 rebounds and started in 15 of the 26 contests she played in.

XU's other returning letterwinners include sophomores Briana Glover and Aliyah Zantt.

Neal and Company welcome in a huge freshman class (8), which includes Brianna Gladney, Kayla Davis, Maddison Blackwell, Erica Dawson, Leah Schaefer, Martha Thompson, Sydney Neal and Christina Ohlinger.

The Xavier women's basketball program, led by seniors Shatyra Hawkes and Ashley Wanninger, were predicted to finish ninth (20 points) in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll. Hawkes was named to the CSM BIG EAST All-Conference fourth team and Wanninger earned All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention honors.

The BIG EAST Conference announced the Preseason Poll and Preseason All-Conference honors on Oct. 16, 2013 at BIG EAST Basketball Media Day at Chelsea Piers in New York City.

2013-14 SCHEDULE
The Blue and White's 2013-14 non-conference slate includes four contests against teams that qualified for postseason play, each of which finished the 2012-13 season with a top-55 RPI.

In BIG EAST play, the Musketeers will face each of its nine new league foes twice each as part of the conference's double round-robin format. Four BIG EAST teams appeared in the NCAA Tournament last season (DePaul, St. John's, Creighton and Villanova).

Head coach Brian Neal announced on Nov. 13, the signings of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. Jada Byrd (Lithonia Ga./Redan HS), Imani Partlow (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods HS), Marquia Turner (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover HS) and Kindell Fincher (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury HS) will join the Musketeer program for the 2014-15 academic year.

Blue Star Basketball ranked the Blue and White's recruiting class No. 38 in the country and third in the BIG EAST, while Dan Olson of the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report ranked the class second in the BIG EAST.

Byrd, a 5-10 guard, is rated as a 4-Star player by Prospects Nation and played her AAU ball for the Atlanta Celtics. Named to the 4A All-Region Team as a junior, Byrd averaged 13.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 3.3 assists en route to picking up numerous accolades including, MVP of the Chuck Miller Classic, All-Tournament Team at the Hoopfest Basketball Classic and Team Best All-Around Player (as voted by players and coaches). Byrd has 919 points and nearly 600 rebounds heading into her senior year.

Ranked 162nd and 155th overall by All-Star Girls Report and The Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, respectively, Partlow played AAU for Cincinnati's Finest. The 6-1 forward averaged 18.5 points and 9.5 rebounds last season as a junior.

Turner, rated as a 4-Star player by Prospects Nation, currently plays at Hoover High School after transferring from Canton McKinley. Ranked as the 71st best player in the country by Blue Star Report, the 5-7 point guard averaged 18 points, 4.8 boards, 3.5 steals and 2.2 assists last season. A 2012-13 All-Ohio selection and the 2012-2013 Federal League leading scorer at Canton McKinley, Turner set the Canton McKinley three-point record for single game (7) and single season (52) and currently has 1,007 career points.

Fincher, a 5-11 guard, is ranked 151st in the country by Blue Star Report and played her AAU ball for the Cincinnati Angels. She averaged 18.5 points, on 47 percent shooting from the field, and nearly 11 rebounds per game last year as the Lady Cav's won their second straight Class 1A Indiana State Championship (2012, 2013). A 2013 Journal-Gazette All-Northeast Indiana first team honoree that was selected to play in the Indiana vs. Kentucky Junior All-Star Game, Fincher owns the Indiana state finals record for most rebounds with 19.

Musketeer fans can follow Xavier women's basketball on the program's Twitter (@Xavier_WBB) and Instagram (@Xavier_WBB) accounts and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Xavierwbb.