Saturday, January 20, 2001

Xavier women 73, Temple 63




The Associated Press

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Nicole Levandusky
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        PHILADELPHIA — Xavier women's basketball coach Melanie Balcomb knows she has an advantage late in games.

        “We have veteran leadership, and we needed it to come through to win this game,” Balcomb said after her No.23 Musketeers rallied Friday night to beat Temple 73-63.

        Xavier (13-2, 4-1 Atlantic 10) trailed 57-56 before scoring nine straight points to take the lead for good against Temple (10-5, 3-1). Taru Tuukkanen scored four of the points in the 9-0 spurt and finished with a game-high 26 points, including 18 in the second half, and eight rebounds.

        Tuukkanen made 12 of her 17 shots.

        “Taru has been so consistent all year,” Balcomb said. “We wanted to get her and the ball and she came through for us.”

        The visiting Musketeers took the lead for good on Nicole Levandusky's 3-point shot. Jennifer Phillips followed with an inside basket and Tuukkanen knocked down a jumper and then scored on a layup to put Xavier ahead 65-57.

        Levandusky scored 16 points, Reetta Piipari had 13 points and seven assists, and Phillips had 10 points for Xavier.


XAVIER (73)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Phillips        31   3-7   4-5   4-9  3  3   10
Levandusky      38  4-12   5-7   1-5  4  2   16
Tuukkanen       38 12-17   2-2   1-8  2  3   26
Piipari         40   4-8   3-4   1-5  7  1   13
Parr            38   3-8   0-0   0-3  2  3    8
Kreager         11   0-0   0-0   0-1  2  1    0
Bell             4   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
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TOTALS         200 26-53 14-18  7-31 20 13   73
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Percentages: FG-.491, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals:
7-16, .438 (Levandusky 3-7, Piipari 2-4, Parr
2-5). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 4
(Tuukkanen 3, Phillips). Turnovers: 23 (Piipari
9, Parr 4, Tuukkanen 4, Levandusky 3, Phillips 2,
Kreager). Steals: 13 (Levandusky 6, Parr 2,
Phillips 2, Piipari 2, Kreager).


TEMPLE (63)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Cruz            27   2-5   1-2   0-3  5  3    5
Turnage         17   4-4   2-2   5-6  1  3   11
Jakubowicz      38  5-17   5-6   4-9  1  3   15
Eagles          13   0-3   0-0   0-0  2  1    0
Smalls          40  5-16   0-0   1-4  7  2   14
Christoforakis  25   3-4   0-0   2-9  1  2    6
Isaac           11   1-3   0-0   0-0  0  0    3
Apo             29  3-10   1-1   0-1  0  1    9
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TOTALS         200 23-62  9-11 12-32 17 15   63
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Percentages: FG-.371, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals:
8-17, .471 (Turnage 1-1, Jakubowicz 0-1, Smalls
4-7, Isaac 1-2, Apo 2-6). Team rebounds: 1.
Blocked shots: 2 (Jakubowicz 2). Turnovers: 21
(Cruz 6, Jakubowicz 4, Smalls 4, Apo 3, Turnage
2, Eagles, Isaac). Steals: 13 (Jakubowicz 5,
Christoforakis 2, Cruz 2, Smalls 2, Eagles,
Isaac).
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Xavier             34   39  -   73
Temple             31   32  -   63
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Technical fouls: None.  A: 2,159. Officials:
Bryan Enterline, Tommy Salerno, Kim Watt.


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