Tuesday, March 06, 2001

XU women storm to A-10 title


Musketeers crush GW in tourney final

The Associated Press

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Jennifer Phillips shows off the trophy as Nicole Levandusky salutes XU fans.
(AP photos)
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        PHILADELPHIA — The battle between the top two teams in the Atlantic 10 wasn't close. Xavier dominated from start to finish and won its second consecutive conference title and NCAA berth with an 81-56 victory over George Washington in the A-10 tournament final Monday night.

        “What you saw there was one of the most explosive teams in the country,” George Washington coach Joe McKeown said. “We can be pretty explosive too, but we just couldn't get anything going tonight. Give them a lot of credit.”

        Reetta Piipari hit six 3-pointers and scored 20 points for the Musketeers (28-2), who also beat the Colonials last season in the title game, and won the third conference title in their history.

        “We were mentally focused and ready at the start of the game,” Musketeers coach Melanie Balcomb said. “We tried to picture this all year.”

        Jennifer Phillips, the tournament MVP, had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Taru Tuukkanen scored 16 and Nicole Levandusky added 11 for Xavier, which has won 17 straight.

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Amy Waugh celebrates.
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        Piipari and Tuukkanen also made the all-tourney team. Phillips is the first player since 1996 to win both the regular-season and tournament MVP awards.

        The Musketeers, 17-0 this season when they score 80 or more points, tied a tournament record by making 12 3-pointers.

        Erica Lawrence scored 17 points and Ugo Oha added 15 for George Washington (22-9), which has lost three times in the championship game since winning the conference title in 1996. XU dominated from start to finish, jumping out to a 9-0 lead and taking a 23-point advantage in the first half.

        Because of a forecasted snowstorm and the lack of a local team in the game, attendance was just 566.


GEO WASHINGTON (56)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Lawrence        30  6-14   4-7   4-7  2  4   17
Vishniakova     20  4-11   1-3   1-1  0  4    9
Oha             25  6-16   3-5   1-5  0  5   15
Alexander       28   1-8   0-0   0-2  2  2    3
Davidson        37   3-7   0-0   3-5  7  2    9
Tipps            1   0-0   0-0   1-2  0  0    0
Witherspoon      1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Darling          1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Williams         8   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  1    0
Reid            17   0-1   1-2   1-3  7  2    1
Carlson          7   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  0    0
Dubovcova       25   1-5   0-0   0-2  0  2    2
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TOTALS         200 21-62  9-17 11-29 18 22   56
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Percentages: FG-.339, FT-.529. 3-Point Goals:
5-12, .417 (Lawrence 1-1, Alexander 1-4, Davidson
3-6, Dubovcova 0-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked
shots: 1 (Oha). Turnovers: 16 (Oha 5, Alexander
4, Davidson 4, Lawrence, Reid, Vishniakova).
Steals: 6 (Alexander 2, Williams 2, Dubovcova,
Lawrence).


XAVIER (81)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Phillips        30   5-7   6-7  2-10  2  3   16
Levandusky      27   3-8   3-4   1-4  5  2   11
Tuukkanen       24   7-9   2-7   2-7  2  4   16
Piipari         33  6-11   2-2   0-3  6  1   20
Parr            30   3-5   0-0   0-0  2  2    9
Waugh           16   2-4   0-0   1-3  3  1    5
Kreager         13   1-2   0-4   0-5  0  0    2
Yukes            2   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
Hall            11   0-1   0-0   0-1  1  3    0
Bell            10   1-2   0-0   0-1  0  0    2
Sarajlija        2   0-0   0-0   1-1  0  0    0
Lowry            2   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  0    0
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TOTALS         200 28-50 13-24  7-36 21 17   81
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Percentages: FG-.560, FT-.542. 3-Point Goals:
12-23, .522 (Levandusky 2-6, Piipari 6-10, Parr
3-5, Waugh 1-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots:
2 (Tuukkanen, Kreager). Turnovers: 21 (Phillips
4, Piipari 4, Levandusky 3, Tuukkanen 3, Parr 2,
Hall, Kreager, Waugh). Steals: 10 (Phillips 4,
Kreager 2, Piipari 2, Bell, Tuukkanen).
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Geo Washington     23   33  -   56
Xavier             41   40  -   81
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Technical fouls: Geo Washington 1 (Reid).  Xavier
1 (Phillips).  A: 566. Officials: Nan Sisk, John
Morningstar, Bryan Enterline.


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