Courtesy of GoXavier.com
CINCINNATI – The Xavier women’s basketball team moved to 4-1 on the year with a 45-43 win over Presbyterian on Wednesday night at Cintas Center.
Tied at 41 with 2:28 remaining in regulation, Jenna Crittendon knocked down a three pointer to give the Musketeers a lead they would never relinquish. A Maleeka Kynard free throw at the 1:21 mark gave Xavier a 45-41 advantage before the Blue Hose (2-3) got a basket from Keyonna Allen on the next possession to get within two. In closing seconds of the game, Xavier’s defense pressured Presbyterian into a bad shot to seal the two-point victory.
The game was close from start to finish as neither team lead by more than seven points. The contest featured eight lead changes and six ties.
The Blue Hose had their largest lead, 15-8, at the 11:04 mark in the first half before Xavier went on a 15-2 run over the next nine minutes to take their largest of the game, 23-17. Presbyterian hit its final two shots of the half to make the score 23-21 heading into the locker room.
Neither team would lead by more than five points in the second stanza. The second half had four lead changes with the final tie come at the 2:28 mark.
Briana Glover was one of two Musketeers in double figures, scoring 11 points on 4-for-6 six shooting. Leah Schaefer added 10 points and seven rebounds.
Xavier held a 37-33 advantage on the glass, led by Crittendon who had a team-high 10 rebounds. Defensively, the Musketeers scored 18 points off of turnovers and had eight steals.
The Musketeers finished the game going 11-for-17 from the foul line and 15-for-50 from the floor. XU also went 4-for-19 from behind the arc.
Keyona Allen had a game-high 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Blue Hose. Janie Miles also added 12 points.
The Musketeers return to action on Sunday, Nov. 30 against Robert Morris. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. from Cintas Center.
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