Home win and loss for XU women’s basketball team

By: Nikhil Jelaji ~Staff Writer~

The Xavier women’s basketball team defeated Big East opponent Providence 75-52 Saturday afternoon at Cintas Center. Senior guards Ashley Wanniger and Shatyra Hawkes led the way and combined for 31 points and 11 rebounds in the victory.

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The Xavier women’s basketball team 3-4 in the month of January this year.

With the victory over the Friars, the Musketeers improved to 8-10 overall and 3-3 in the Big East. Providence fell to 6-11 overall and 1-5 in the conference after the loss. Tied for second entering the contest in 3-point field goals per game (7.4), Xavier went 8-20 from behind the three-point line. Hawkes shot 60 percent from the field and 2-3 from behind the arc. She finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists to finish the contest. Wanniger went 5-12 from the field and 3-8 from behind the 3-point line and totaled 15 points.

Providence started the game with a 13-5 run and led the Musketeers early. Xavier answered by executing a 27-11 run to end the first half to take a 32-24 lead into halftime. The Musketeers outscored Providence in the second half, 43-28, which ultimately led to their victory over the Friars.

The Xavier women’s basketball team finished the afternoon shooting 27-50 from the field, while Providence went just 18-59. Xavier also forced 19 turnovers, which turned into 24 points in favor of the Musketeers.

The Xavier women’s basketball team lost to Seton Hall 72-62 last night at Cintas Center in its final Big East game in the month of January.