Women's Basketball Falls To Xavier, 53-43
Jan. 23, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - Xavier University (11-7, 3-4) used an 18-0 run spanning 3:55 in the second half to erase a 14-point deficit and defeat the University of Massachusetts (5-13, 1-6), 53-43, tonight in Atlantic 10 women's basketball action at the Mullins Center. Junior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) led UMass with 14 points and nine rebounds.
After holding Xavier to 18.5 percent (5-27) shooting from the field in the first half, UMass led by eight point at halftime. That lead grew to 14 points, 40-26, after a basket by freshman Joyce Massey (Detroit, Mich.) at the 8:16 mark of the second half. On the other end of the floor, Miranda Green hit a three-pointer to start an 18-0 run by Xavier over the next 3:55 that gave it a 44-40 lead with 4:08 left. A free throw by freshman Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) and a lay-up by junior Monique Govan (Chicago, Ill.) cut the deficit to one at 44-43 with 2:17 left, but the Minutewomen were held scoreless the rest of the way.
Massachusetts was just 9-for-20 (.450) from the free throw line, including 5-of-13 in the second half and 1-for-7 in the games' final 6 minutes.
The UMass defense held XU's leading scorer Tara Boothe to no points in 30 minutes of play. She entered the night second in the conference averaging 20.1 points per game. Xavier's first basket of the game came 5:37 after the opening tip and it trailed 19-5 with 8:07 left. UMass had a 15-point lead, 26-11, with 1:43 left, but the Musketeers closed out the first half on a 7-0 run.
Campbell recorded her 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting. She also had nine rebounds, two assists and a steal. Tatham had 11 points and four assists for the Minutewomen, while Govan and senior Judit Zsedenyi (Budapest, Hungary) had six points apiece. UMass finished the game shooting 40 percent from the field, but were just 6-for-19 (.316) from the field in the second half.
Freshman Chelsea Chowning scored a career high 15 points to lead Xavier. Nikki Wells added eight points to go with six rebounds.
The Minutewomen will next be in action on Thursday, Jan. 29, when they travel to Philadelphia to take on Temple. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.