Sunday, March 11, 2001

Xavier women get to play at home

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Seniors on the Xavier women's basketball team will have at least one more home game.

XU players and coach Melanie Balcomb (far right) celebrate their No. 4 seed. From left: Amy Waugh, Jennifer Phillips, Nicole Levandusky and Jennifer Parr.
Steven M. Herppich photo)
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        The Musketeers earned a No. 4 seed Sunday in the Mideast Region of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament and will play Friday at Cintas Center against No. 13 seed Louisville. Game times will be announced today.

        If Xavier wins its first game, it will play Sunday against the winner of No. 5 seed Clemson against No. 12 Chattanooga.

        “It's a boost for our seniors,” XU coach Melanie Balcomb said. “They wanted to come back home and play.”

        Tickets go on sale Tuesday at the Xavier ticket office at Cintas Center or by phone at (513) 745-3411 or 562-4949. A three-game package is $15 for adults and $10 for students.

        Xavier, ranked 12th in the Associated Press poll, is 28-2 overall and 13-0 at home.

        “We're all excited to have the first two games at home,” sophomore guard Amy Waugh said. “Our crowd has done a great job of supporting us all year.”

        Seven times Xavier has drawn 2,000-plus fans at Cintas, including a crowd of 4,879 for the final home game, an 84-62 victory against Dayton.

        Louisville, 19-9, lost its first five games before winning 19 of 23 games, including two victories over the University of Cincinnati. Cincinnati was one of two teams to defeat Xavier this season.

        The Musketeers have won 15 games in a row, dating back to a Jan. 6 loss at George Washington. They won three consecutive games last week in Philadelphia to win their second Atlantic 10 Tournament, and the NCAA bid this year is their third in a row.

        The focus now isn't on the home games or the opponent.

        “We need to worry about ourselves,” senior guard Nicole Levandusky said. tournament coverage

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