Saturday, February 06, 1999

Xavier women nearly repeat upset




        BLACKSBURG, Va. — Amy Wetzel hit a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to tie the game and a free throw with no time left as No. 14 Virginia Tech beat Xavier 61-60 Friday night.

        The victory helped settle the score for the Hokies' only loss this season, 71-67 at Xavier one week ago. (Story)

        After Wetzel tied the game, Xavier (17-4, 8-3 Atlantic 10) worked the ball to Nikki Kremer, who drove the lane where she was whistled for a charge against Michelle Houseright with 12 seconds left.

        The Hokies (20-1, 10-1) then got the ball to Terre Williams who missed a 5-foot jumper with four seconds left. Houseright grabbed the rebound, but missed the putback, and Wetzel dove between three Xavier players for the loose ball and was fouled.

        Wetzel led the Hokies with 15 points, Williams added 13, Houseright scored 11 and Katie O'Connor had 10.

        Kremer led Xavier with 20 points, five assists and five steals. Nicole Levandusky added 15 points and Taru Tuukkanen had 11.

        XAVIER (17-4) — Phillips 3-5 1-2 7, Levandusky 7-15 0-0 15, Tuukkanen 4-6 3-4 11, Kremer 7-10 3-4 20, Hotz 1-3 1-4 3, Riley 1-5 0-0 2, Griggs 0-1 0-0 0, Parr 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 24-48 8-14 60.

        VIRGINIA TECH (20-1) — O'Connor 4-7 2-2 10, Williams 6-11 1-2 13, Jones 2-7 0-2 4, Witherspoon 1-4 0-0 2, Wetzel 6-16 1-1 15, Houseright 5-11 1-3 11, Albertsson 2-3 0-0 6, Seaver 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-59 5-10 61.

        Halftime—Xavier 33, Virginia Tech 30. 3-Point goals—Xavier 4-13 (Kremer 3-5, Levandusky 1-6, Griggs 0-1, Parr 0-1), Virginia Tech 4-10 (Albertsson 2-3, Wetzel 2-5, Witherspoon 0-1, Houseright 0-1). Fouled out—Levandusky. Rebounds—Xavier 31 (Tuukkanen, Hotz 6), Virginia Tech 32 (Wetzel 8). Assists—Xavier 10 (Kremer 5), Virginia Tech 15 (Witherspoon 7). Total fouls—Xavier 15, Virginia Tech 13. A—9,724.

       



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