Women’s basketball sees mixed results in holiday tourney

By: Nikhil Jelaji

The Xavier women’s basketball team went 1-2 in the 2013 Paradise Jam at the University of the Virgin Islands over break, losing 81-54 to No. 2 Duke while recording an impressive win against the University of Kansas 64-59.

In the final game of the tournament, the women’s basketball team lost to Central Michigan 88- 62, falling to 3-4 overall.

Freshman Kayla Davis scored a career-high 13 points. The Musketeers entered the game ranked third in the Big East in three-point field goals made per game (7.6) this season.

The Musketeers struggled from behind the arc shooting 4-of-22, while CMU made 18-of-32 from the three-point line Davis also added two rebounds and recorded a steal and shot 5-of-7 from the floor in just 14 minutes of play.

Seniors Shatyra Hawkes and Ashley Wanninger scored 12 points each, while sophomore Jenna Crittendon added eight points and six rebounds.

Hawkes scored the first points of the game by knocking down a jumper. CMU then went on an 11-2 run with 17:33 left in the opening half.

The Musketeers pulled within three points with back-to-back 3-pointers from Wanninger. CMU went on to outscore XU 32-21 in the first half. CMU opened the second half with a 15-6 run which gave the Chippewas a 61-38 lead with 13:58 remaining in the game.

The Chippewas went on to outscore the Musketeers 21-10 over the final minutes of the game and ended up picking the 88-62 victory.

The Xavier women’s basketball team looks to bounce back from the loss at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5 when it plays Murray State at Cintas Center.