Women's Hoops to Participate in Holiday Inn Cavalier Classic Dec. 28 & 29
Dec. 27, 2012
CINCINNATI - The Xavier women's basketball team has returned from some time at home with family for the Christmas holiday and is heading to Charlottesville, Va., to participate in the 2012 Holiday Inn Cavalier Classic Dec. 28 and 29. The Musketeers are set to face Northern Illinois Friday at 4:30 at Virginia's Jones Arena. On Saturday, XU will face either Norfolk State or the host Cavaliers.
About the Musketeers
XU is led offensively by senior Amber Gray who is averaging 11.7 ppg. (19th A-10) and shoots at a team-best .506 clip (7th A-10). Junior Shatyra Hawkes dishes out a team-high 3.7 apg. (10th A-10) and holds a team-best 1.6 assist/turnover ratio (5th A-10). Sophomore Lakeisha Crouch is the team's leading rebounder grabbing 7.2 boards per contest (15th A-10) while junior Ashley Wanninger is lethal from downtown averaging 2.1 3-point baskets per game (t-5th A-10) and a .365 3-point field goal percentage (10th A-10).
Scouting Northern Illinois
Northern Illinois (4-6) suffered a 66-61 overtime loss at Illinois Chicago on Dec. 22. Amanda Corral scored a team-high 19 points for the Huskies in the loss while five players tallied five or more rebounds in the contest. As a team, Northern Illinois ranks third or better in the MAC in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.288 - 2nd), rebounding defense (33.3 - 2nd) and scoring defense (58.9 - 3rd).
The Huskies are led by Corral with 13.3 ppg. (6th MAC) while Jada Buggs shoots 44.4 percent from the floor (12th MAC). Satavia Taylor boasts a 41.2 3-point field goal percentage (t-4th MAC) and averages 1.4 3-point field goals per game (t-11th MAC).
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