Courtesy of GoXavier.com
CINCINNATI – Xavier women’s basketball used balanced scoring and a season-high 10 three pointers to defeat rival Cincinnati, 72-71, in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout on Sunday afternoon at Fifth Third Arena. The Musketeers (7-3) had eight players who scored eight or more points in the victory.
The Bearcats (1-7) had their largest lead of the game, 53-46, with just under 10 minutes remaining in regulation. The Musketeers responded by going on a 13-4 run over the next four minutes capped by a Jenna Crittendon three pointer to regain a 59-57 lead they would never relinquish.
Xavier extended its lead to five, 66-61, with two minutes on the clock before the Bearcats hit their next two shot attempts to get within one, 66-65. Another three pointer by Crittendon in the closing minute along with free throws by Maleeka Kynard and Raeshaun Gaffney sealed the 72-71 win for Xavier.
The Musketeers hit 50 percent of their shot attempts in the second period after posting a .316 field-goal percentage in the first stanza. Maddison Blackwell and Gaffney both scored all of their points in the second half. Gaffney finished with 10 points and a game-high six assists while Blackwell added nine points.
The first half had three ties and one lead change. Xavier opened the contest on a 6-2 run and had its largest lead of the game, 22-14, at the 8:22 mark. Cincinnati ended the period on a 17-7 run to take a 31-29 lead into the locker room.
Kynard finished with a team-high 12 points on 3-for-4 shooting in only 17 minutes of action. Marquia Tuner added nine points while Crittendon and Briana Glover both chipped in eight.
Xavier won the battle on the glass, 31-29. Glover led the Musketeers with eight rebounds while Crittendon grabbed six.
The Musketeers had 12 steals in the contest, the fourth time XU has had 10 or more steals in a game this season. XU converted the miscues into 15 points.
Ana Owens scored a game-high 21 points on 7-for-12 shooting for Cincinnati. Marley Hill added 17 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
The Musketeers return to action on Saturday, Dec. 20 as they play host to Lipscomb. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. from Cintas Center.
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