@Xavier_WBB Looks to Extend Winning Streak Against Longwood
Nov. 20, 2013
AT A GLANCE
KNOW YOUR OPPONENT | LONGWOOD LANCERS
Longwood fell behind 7-0 to start the game as Whitney Jenkins scored five quick points for Utah Valley, before Williams made a three-point field goal at 14:30 to make it 7-3. A three-pointer from Brown, her only basket of the first half, had the Lancers within 13-12 at 10:45, and another three-pointer by Williams had the hosts within 18-17 at 8:28. The Wolverines used a 9-0 run to take their largest lead of the contest at 27-17 with 1:21 left until halftime, getting four quick points from Tina Doughty and a three-pointer by Kuklok for the 10-point margin. A jumper from sophomore Deborah Headen and a third three-pointer by Williams made a five-point game at the break, 27-22.
Longwood quickly forged into a 32-32 tie to start the second half at 16:36 behind seven points from Brown, including an old-fashioned three-point play, and one (conventional three-point play) made by sophomore Khalilah Ali, as well. The Lancers continued their momentum toward their largest lead of the game at 41-34 with 14:38 remaining, as Brown scored 13 points during the 19-7 run to start the half. Freshman Brenna Robbins also had a key three-pointer during the outburst. Utah Valley answered with a 19-10 run of its own to lead 53-51 at 4:04, getting 13 points from Kuklok. Another three-pointer by Robbins gave Longwood the lead for good at 56-55 with 1:18 on the clock, and Ali added a layup at 0:48, and Brown secured the outcome by making 1-2 free throws with 3.1-seconds to play. The Wolverines were not able to get a shot attempt before the final buzzer.
Brown led Longwood with her 24 points, making 8-12 field goals, including 3-4 three-pointers, and 5-7 free throws, adding three assists. Williams had 11 points, including 3-5 three-pointers, while Ali finished with seven points, eight rebounds and six blocks for the Lancers. Robbins contributed six points, making 2-3 three-pointers. Longwood shot 42% (20-48) from the field, including 33% (8-24) on three-pointers, and 69% (11-16) at the free throw line.
STARTING 5 QUICK HITS
#13 Ashley Wanninger (G)
#35 Jenna Crittendon (G)
#14 Briana Glover (F)
#23 Leah Schaefer (F)
THREE-POINTERS...TAKE ‘EM AND MAKE ‘EM
Season Gms With Double Digit 3’s
SHAKE AND BAKE
BIG EAST Top Scoring Tandems
• The duo has reached double figures in same game three times this season with Xavier going 2-1 in those contests.
FILL IT UP
The 88 points is the highest XU total in a game since scoring 92 points at Saint Louis on Feb. 16, 2011.
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.
NEW LOOK MUSKETEERS
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.
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.
PICKING UP PRESEASON HARDWARE
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.
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).
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.