Friday, December 19, 2003

Boothe, freshmen lead XU to victory

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Sophomore Tara Boothe scored 21 points to lead the Xavier women's basketball team to a 72-65 win over Lipscomb on Thursday night at Cintas Center.

Boothe hit six of her 11 field-goal attempts, including a pair of 3-pointers. She also went 7 for 8 from the foul line.

Xavier freshmen Suntana Granderson and Miranda Green also stood out in the contest.

In the first four minutes of her first career start, Granderson had 10 points, two rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot. She ended with a career-high 13 points.

Green tallied 10 points while recording a career-best nine assists. She also had three steals and a pair of rebounds.

Sophomore Kristy Wallner had an excellent all-around game, scoring five points while pulling down nine rebounds, dishing out six assists and getting three steals.

The teams were tied at 5 when Xavier used a 12-2 run to go up 17-7 in the first four-and-a-half minutes of the game.

The Musketeers built that lead and held a 42-25 advantage at halftime.

Lipscomb worked back into the game, and with 10 minutes left, the Lady Bison were within six at 58-52.

A 6-0 Xavier run got Xavier's lead back to double digits, but Lipscomb was not about to go away. XU struggled offensively down the stretch, hitting just one field goal in the final 8:10 of the game.

The Musketeers were able seal the game at the foul line. Lipscomb was within five, at 67-62, with 30 seconds remaining, but Xavier hit six free throws - four from Boothe and a pair from Green - to hold off the Lady Bison.

XU moves to 6-2 while Lipscomb falls to 2-3. The Musketeers head to Ann Arbor Sunday to play Michigan at 2 p.m.

No. 18 Ohio St. 88, Wright St. 45

COLUMBUS - Jessica Davenport scored 25 points, including 14 straight during a second-half run, in No. 18 Ohio State's 88-45 victory over Wright State on Thursday night.

The Buckeyes (5-1) opened the second half with a 25-8 run, capped by six consecutive jumpers by Davenport. Davenport made 11-of-13 shots from the field and played just 17 minutes.

Ohio State shot 72 percent from the field, and Wright State shot 34 percent. The Buckeyes made 20 of 24 shots (83 percent) in the second half.

Stephanie Blanton scored 12 points and LaToya Turner added 10 points for the Buckeyes. Jeanette Woodberry led Wright State (2-7) with 13 points, and Iesha Gray added 10.

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