Friday, March 02, 2001

Xavier women sweep A-10's top honors




By Neil Schmidt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Jennifer Phillips
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        Xavier swept the individual awards at the Atlantic 10 women's basketball banquet Thursday.

        Senior forward Jennifer Phillips is the A-10's player of the year. Melanie Balcomb is coach of the year. Senior guard Nicole Levandusky is defensive player of the year.

        Three XU seniors — Phillips, Levandusky and center Taru Tuukkanen — are A-10 first-team selections. Sophomore guard Reetta Piipari is a second-teamer. Tuukkanen also is on the A-10's all-academic team.

        Phillips earned top honors on the strength of her 62.1 percent field goal shooting, which ranks fifth nationally. She averages 16.4 points and 6.1 rebounds.

        The coach award is Balcomb's first. XU is 75-16 the past three seasons under Balcomb.

        Levandusky, XU's all-time steals leader with 359, leads the A-10 this season and ranks 16th nationally with 3.4 a game.

       



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