CINCINNATI–Four players on the Xavier University women's basketball team scored in double-figures to allow for a 62-36 victory against the University of New Hampshire on Friday evening at the Cintas Center. The game was preceded by a ceremony which honored the career of Tara Boothe, current UNH assistant coach and former Xavier standout. The school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder’s number (33) was also retired.
New Hampshire (2-11) was led in scoring by Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) with 11 points, which marked her 13th straight game in double-digits in the 2008-09 season. Freshman guard Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) chipped in with a career-high eight points for the Wildcats.
Xavier (11-4) hit back-to-back shots to open up the game, including a 3-pointer by Maureen Hester to make it 5-0 at 17:53. The Wildcats chipped away at the deficit and got within one-point of the home team, 11-10, halfway through the opening frame. At 9:23, however, Jerri Taylor drained a trey to spark a 13-0 Muskateer run, which made it 24-10 with just over five minutes to play in the first half. Xavier, led by Ta’Shia Phillips with 11 first-half points, took a 33-16 lead into the locker room at the half. Phillips finished the game with 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
The Muskateers continued widen their advantage and earned its largest lead of the game, 51-20, with just over 11 minutes to play. Brittney Moore tallied 11 second-half points for the Muskateers and totaled 13 in the game. Also scoring in double-figures for the home were Taylor and Tudy Reed. Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.) hit two trifectas during the final frame to total six points for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats return home to open up America East action against Maine on Wednesday, Jan. 6.