CINCINNATI - The Xavier women's basketball team will take its show on the road for the first time this season on Sunday with a trip across town to Cincinnati. The 2012 Women's Crosstown Classic is set to tip-off at 2 p.m. December 2 at UC's Fifth Third Arena. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Ohio.
Donations of canned food items will be accepted at the door to benefit the Freestore Foodbank.
About the Musketeers Xavier (3-3) closed out its season-opening six-game homestand Friday night with a 77-73 overtime loss to Appalachian State. The Musketeers rank in the top five teams in the Atlantic 10 in several categories including: third in scoring offense (67.7) and defensive rebounds (28.2), fourth in field goal percentage (.417), rebounding defense (33.7) and assists (14.8), and fifth in free throw percentage (.723) and 3-point field goal percentage (.330).
XU is led by junior guard Shatyra Hawkes with 12.5 ppg. (16th A-10), 4.7 apg. (t-5th A-10), .810 free throw percentage (9th A-10) and a .421 3-point field goal percentage (5th A-10). Senior Amber Gray is also averaging double-figures scoring with 12.2 ppg. (17th A-10) while junior Ashley Wanninger is the third Musketeer in double figures with 10.0 ppg. and makes 2.2 3-point baskets per game (8th A-10). Sophomore Lakeisha Crouch is the team's rebounding leader with 7.0 boards per contest (t-17th A-10) and tallies 2.0 spg. (t-9th A-10).
Scouting Cincinnati Cincinnati (4-1) is currently enjoying a three-game winning streak, including its most recent win over Morehead State, 55-45, at home on Nov. 28. The Musketeers also defeated MSU, 73-58, on Nov. 21. UC ranks third in the Big East Conference in rebounding defense (32.2) and fifth in scoring defense (52.2). This will be Cincinnati's third consecutive game at home after playing back-to-back road games at Ohio State and Kent State.
The Bearcats are led by Dayeesha Hollins who averages 17.6 ppg. (5th Big East), 2.6 apg. and 2.4 apg. while Tiffany Turner is the team's leading rebounder (7.5 - t-9th Big East). Turner's .619 field goal percentage ranks also ninth in the league.
The Series Cincinnati is one of Xavier's most-played opponents with the two programs having previously met 34 times. The Bearcats hold the 22-12 advantage in the series but the Musketeers have won three straight and six of the last eight games. In all three of the XU's most recent wins, the Musketeers have scored 69 points (69-38, 12/6/09; 69-61, 12/5/10; 69-60, 12/4/11).
Last Time Out In its first overtime game of the season, Xavier dropped a 77-73 thriller to the visiting Appalachian State Mountaineers Friday night at Cintas Center. Four players scored in double-figures including a career-high 25 points to go with a game-high 10 rebounds from senior Amber Gray. Freshman Aliyah Zantt added a career-high 12 points, including the floater with 3.3 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime. Junior Ashley Wanninger and freshman Jenna Crittendon chipped in 10 points apiece. The Musketeers scored 38 bench points to the Mountaineers' 11 but turned over 19 times in the loss.