Monday, February 16, 2004

Women: Lancaster's layup lifts Miami over Broncos

Area colleges

The Cincinnati Enquirer

OXFORD - Kim Lancaster's three-point play with four seconds remaining capped a 6-0 Miami run in the final two minutes to boost the RedHawks past Western Michigan 68-65 in a battle of Mid-American Conference women's division leaders Sunday at Millett Hall.

East leader Miami improved to 16-6, 10-1 in the MAC. Its eight-game winning streak is its longest under coach Maria Fantanarosa. West leader WMU dropped to 14-9, 9-3 in the MAC.

Cindi Merrill paced the RedHawks with a career-high 29 points. Colleen Day and Lancaster each added 11 points.

Lancaster, a Princeton High graduate, also grabbed 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season.

The lead changed hands several times in the second half before a pair of free throws gave the Broncos a 65-62 edge with two minutes remaining. A basket by Day and a Merrill free throw knotted the score at 65-65 with 1:33 remaining.

WMU missed three shots before Amanda Jackson found Lancaster under the basket with a laser pass in traffic.

Lancaster converted the layup, was fouled, and made the free throw for the final score.

Richmond 74, Xavier 45

RICHMOND, Va. - Xavier women's suffered its worst defeat of the season. Adeola Olanrewaju, Aida Sarajlija and Tara Boothe each scored 10 points to lead the Musketeers (15-10, 7-7).

Saona Chapman had 21 points to pace the Spiders (15-8, 7-5). Kate Flavin added 14 and Araceli Gil finished with 11.

Tulane 61, Cincinnati 50

NEW ORLEANS - The loss dropped the Bearcats to 12-13 overall, 3-8 in Conference USA, which leaves UC tied for 10th. Tulane climbed to 9-15 and 2-9, respectively.

Debbie Merrill led the Bearcats with 17 points and eight rebounds. Valerie King was the only other teammate in double-figures with 15.

Merrill became the sixth Bearcat with over 700 career rebounds, and King made a trio of 3-pointers to move into eighth in Division I history with 312 career 3-point goals.

Kelly Nadeau scored a game-high 19 points for Tulane. D'Aundra Henry added 17. Cashmir White and Tiffany Wilson each grabbed 10 rebounds.

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