No. 7 Xavier 77, Fordham 55
A lopsided win left No. 7 Xavier with work to do.
Amber Harris scored 18 points and the Musketeers never trailed
in a 77-55 win over Fordham on Saturday that kept them unbeaten in
the Atlantic 10 but less than pleased with their performance.
Xavier (21-2, 10-0) got ahead by 14 points in the first half,
then eased up and let Fordham (10-16, 2-8) cut the lead to three
late in the half. The Musketeers pulled out to a 32-21 lead at
halftime, then put it away with an 18-0 run in the second half.
”We’ve just got to stop worrying about the scoreboard and what
team we’re playing,” Harris said. ”We just have to come out there
and play as close to 40 minutes as long as possible. We took some
possessions off today.”
Despite the defensive lapses in the first half, Xavier dominated
with its offensive balance. Tyeasha Moss had 13 points and center
Ta’Shia Phillips had 12 points and 13 rebounds. Reserve guard
Lynette Holmes had 11 in the second half.
The Musketeers turned their height advantage into a 46-34
advantage in rebounds. Those first-half lapses on defense stood out
”Coach is stressing being in the gaps and making sure we
contest on all shots, and I think that’s what we did,” Phillips
said. ”But there were a couple of other shots we kind of let get
loose, so were going to be working really hard on defense this
Coach Kevin McGuff wasn’t happy with the way his team eased up
once it got well ahead. The Musketeers are using the end of the
regular season to get ready for tournament time.
”When we get a big lead, sometimes we have a harder time
sustaining things,” McGuff said. ”And we have to get that back in
practice. This time of year, I think teams start to separate
themselves, and if we want to be one of those teams peaking in
March, we have to make sure we get better every single day.”
The Musketeers won their 25th straight A-10 regular season game.
Fordham dropped its sixth in a row despite 20 points from Arielle
Leading scorer Becky Peters managed only four shots in the first
half and six points overall for Fordham. She came in averaging 13.1