Xavier's big second half nets win
Phillips finishes with a game-high 20 points and 17 rebounds
PHILADELPHIA - After trailing Saint Joseph's by four less than two minutes into the second half, the eighth-ranked Xavier women's basketball team rattled off 17 unanswered points to put the game away and eventually claimed a 75-54 victory Wednesday afternoon in SJU's Hagan Arena. Senior Ta'Shia Phillips had a double-double by halftime and finished with a game-high 20 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Musketeers.
Junior Tyeasha Moss added a season-high tying 17 points, 13 of which were in the second half alone, to go with eight rebounds. Redshirt senior Amber Harris came on strong in the second frame and ended the afternoon with 11 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high seven assists.
Xavier (13-2, 2-0 A-10) shot 43.3% from the field while holding Saint Joseph's (11-5, 1-1 A-10) to just 30.2 percent, including a dismal 6-of-31 in the second half. The Musketeers dominated the backboard, grabbing 56 rebounds to the Hawks' 36.
Holding the 31-30 advantage to start the second, Saint Joseph's Erin Shields buried a long-range jumper to give the Hawks their largest lead of the game, 34-30. Moss' 3-pointer at the 17:21 mark put the Musketeers back in the lead for good. Leading by one, 38-37, with 15:59 left, Xavier went on a 17-0 run, fueled by eight points from Moss, to put the game out of reach. XU led by as many as 26 before taking the 21-point victory.
The Hawks were hot in the first half shooting 40.6 percent from the field as Michelle Baker led SJU with eight points in the first frame. The home team took its first lead of the game, 31-30, on a 3-pointer by Katie Kuester with 1:20 left in the first.
The Hawks were led by Shields with 12 points and Kelly Cavallo with nine rebounds. Kuester chipped in nine points as well for SJU.