Thursday, January 03, 2002

Dayton women top XU

Musketeers fall in A-10 opener

Special to the Enquirer

        DAYTON — The Xavier women opened their Atlantic 10 Conference season with a 77-66 loss to the University of Dayton Wednesday.

        Xavier (5-8, 0-1) lost despite getting 24 points from sophomore forward Kate Kreager, who went 12-of-13 from the field and scored 16 points in the second half.

        Kristy Hineline scored 17 points and Heather Haselman added 15 for the Flyers, who won for the third time in their last four games. Sarah Allen (Mount Notre Dame) had 12 points and Chrissy Donovan (St. Ursula) had 11 for UD.

        The Flyers took a 22-11 lead over Xavier with nine minutes to play in the first half. But the Musketeers went on an 11-3 run, with the help of nine points from junior guard Amy Waugh, to cut the Flyers' lead to 27-24 with 3:49 to play before halftime.

        The Flyers responded with an 8-1 run and took a 36-27 lead into the break. UD opened the second half with an 8-2 run and led 44-29 with just less than 17 minutes to play.

        Five straight field goals from Kreager allowed Xavier to pull to 63-56 with 5:57 to play. But Dayton built its lead to as many as 14 points down the stretch.

        Waugh scored 17 points and had eight assists for the Musketeers, who outrebounded the Flyers 37-29.

        XU shot a season-low 18.2 percent (4-of-22) from 3-point range, and UD shot a season-best 55.6 percent from the field.

        The Musketeers will play their third game in five days on Friday in Pittsburgh against Duquesne at 7 p.m. Xavier returns home on Friday, Jan.11, to play Fordham at 7 p.m. at the Cintas Center.


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