Senior Special Jennings has a 94-game starting streak heading into Tuesday's game
Dec. 27, 2010
PALO ALTO, Calif. - The No. 4/4 Xavier women's basketball team is on the road again and will be facing its second consecutive top-10 road opponent Tuesday in No. 9/8 Stanford. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. ET at SU's Maples Pavilion in a rematch of the 2010 NCAA Tournament Sacramento Regional Finals.
About the Musketeers
No. 4/4 Xavier (10-1, 0-0 A-10) suffered its first loss of the season on Dec. 21, a 46-45 setback at No. 3/3 Duke. The 10-game win streak to open the season was the Musketeers' best start in program history. As a team, the Musketeers are shooting at 47.2% which is tops in the Atlantic 10. XU also leads the A-10 in scoring margin (+20.5), rebounding margin (+9.9), blocked shots (5.4), assists (17.3) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.1).
Senior Ta'Shia Phillips leads the league with 12.6 rpg. and has a conference-second best .565 field goal percentage. Senior Amber Harris' 20.2 ppg. ranks second in the A-10 as does her 10.5 rpg. and she leads the league in blocks (2.6). Senior Special Jennings is tops in the league in assists, averaging 4.9 per contest, and junior Tyeasha Moss comes in third in conference standings with a 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Scouting No. 9/8 Stanford
No. 9/8 Stanford (7-2, 0-0 Pac-10) is coming off a 100-45 win at San Francisco on Dec. 22, ending a two-game losing streak for the Cardinal. The win was SU head coach Tara VanDerveer's 800th career victory as she is in her 32nd year of coaching. As a team, the Cardinal are shooting 47.7% from the field and are out-scoring its opponents by 15.9 ppg.
The Cardinal has four players that average double-figures scoring with Nnemkadi Ogwumike leading the team with 16.8 ppg. as well as grabbing a team-best 8.6 rpg. Jeanette Pohlen is the only Cardinal that has started all nine games for Stanford and she tallies 15.2 points per contest while also dishing out four assists per game. Kayla Pedersen (11.9 ppg.) and Chiney Ogwumike (11.1 ppg.) are the other two that average double-digit scoring numbers.
Xavier and Stanford have previously met one time in the history of the series between the two squads, an unforgettable matchup in the Sacramento Regional Finals of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal pulled out a 55-53 victory over the Musketeers on a coast-to-coast, last-second layup on March 29 to advance to the Final Four.