Thursday, February 11, 1999

HOMETOWN SHOOTOUT NOTEBOOK


20 becoming magical number

BY SCOTT MacGREGOR
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati hasn't had this many potential 20-game winners since the Big Red Machine.

        All four major college basketball programs in town — the Xavier and UC men and women — could win 20 games this season, a feat never before accomplished. In fact, the two women's teams, who battled in Wednesday's Hometown Shootout (UC won 65-61 in overtime), have never posted 20-win seasons at the same time.

        The UC men (21-3) are already there, with the Xavier men (17-7) and women (17-6) and the UC women (18-6) close behind.

        Both the Musketeer and Bearcat women have shots to earn berths in the NCAA Tournament but may need to win their conferences.

Slaise honored
        UC guard Madinah Slaise, UC's scoring leader at 19.2 points per game, was presented a game ball before the Shootout in honor of her 1,000th point, which she picked up in UC's win over DePaul Feb. 4. The junior from Lima is 14th overall on UC's career list with 1,049 points.

        Slaise had 25 Wednesday, including the final eight in overtime.

        “She came along faster this year than I thought she would,” said UC coach Laurie Pirtle.

Unsung hero
       

        The unsung hero of the Shootout had to be Xavier point guard Jennifer Parr, despite the loss. Parr replaced injured point guard Nikki Kremer with nine points, playing 43 minutes and looking comfortable with her newfound importance.

        “She's a pretty gusty kid,” said XU coach Melanie Balcomb.

        “Once it started, it was okay,” Parr said.

       



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