Sunday, March 7, 2004

Xavier women bow out of Atlantic 10 Tournament

Area colleges

The Cincinnati Enquirer

PHILADELPHIA - The Xavier women's basketball team lost a 20-point first-half lead before falling 55-48 to Temple on Saturday in the Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinals at Saint Joseph's Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.

The Owls sandwiched a 24-3 run around halftime to get back into the game, then held Xavier without a field goal in the final nine minutes to come away with the victory.

Freshman Miranda Green led Xavier (17-12) with 12 points.

Sophomore Tara Boothe scored 11 points while pulling down nine rebounds. Boothe became the 18th member of the Xavier 1,000 point club.

Boothe ties all-time leading scorer Jo Ann Osterkamp Henderson as the fastest player to reach 1,000 points in Xavier history. It took 59 games for both players, and they are the only two to reach 1,000 as a sophomore.

Candice Dupree led Temple (19-9) with 16 points. Division III women: Wilmington 75, Franklin 60

Tara Rausch scored 22 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to lead Wilmington to a 75-60 victory over Franklin in the NCAA Division III tournament at Franklin.

Wilmington (23-6) advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive season.

Amy Kinzer had 18 points and seven rebounds and Emily Cummins 16 points for Wilmington, which has won nine of 10.

Wilmington will play Thomas More. The time and site will be announced today.

Thomas More 68, DePauw 63

Thomas More advanced with an upset of the nation's fifth-ranked team.

DePauw came into the game with a 16-game winning streak.

Joanna Bess led TMC with 17 points, and Allison Byars added 14.

The Saints (21-5) trailed by 11 at halftime.

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