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Langston ends Nuggets' streak in The Barn
For immediate release . . . November 24, 2006
(scroll down for recaps of Friday's Texas College-Tougaloo and West Virginia Tech-Dillard games)
Xavier-Langston Box Score
Tougaloo-Texas College Box Score
Dillard-West Virginia Tech Box Score

NEW ORLEANS — Matalya McBath-Belvin scored 19 of her season-high 32 points in the second half Friday to lead Langston to a 72-66 women's basketball victory against Xavier University of Louisiana in the Xavier Classic.

The Lady Lions (6-3) took the lead for good with 10 minutes remaining and ended Xavier's 39-game win streak in The Barn. Langston and Texas College both were 2-0 in the six-team event.

McBath-Belvin, a 5-foot-3 senior guard, also had seven assists, six rebounds and four steals. She was 10 of 18 from the floor and 10 of 13 from the line.

Teneisha McKinney added 11 points and Brittani Williams 10 for Langston, which has a three-game winning streak.

Erica Turnbull led Xavier (5-3) with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Alissa Thompson scored a season-high 11 points. But leading scorer Jarryn Cleaves had just seven points — the first time this season she didn't reach double figures — and was 2 of 14 from the floor.

Before Friday the Gold Nuggets' last loss in The Barn was 64-62 to Southern University of New Orleans on Feb. 7, 2002, and the last non-conference loss was 63-58 to Houston Baptist on Dec. 1, 2001.

Langston limited Xavier to 32-percent shooting from the floor, including 2 of 18 from 3-point range.

McBath-Belvin scored 57 points during this event. She had 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists Thursday in an 83-70 victory against Tougaloo.

Thursday's Games
Langston 83, Tougaloo 70
Texas College 93, Dillard 81
Xavier 86, West Virginia Tech 60

Friday's Games
Texas College 71, Tougaloo 69
West Virginia Tech 82, Dillard 60
Langston 72, Xavier 66

Standings             Xavier Classic   Season
Langston                    2-0          6-3
Texas College               2-0          4-3
Xavier                      1-1          5-3
West Virginia Tech          1-1          7-2
Dillard                     0-2          0-6
Tougaloo                    0-2          1-3
Texas College 71, Tougaloo 69
    Erica Delley's basket with 1:41 remaining gave the Lady Steers (4-3) the victory against the Lady Bulldogs (1-3).
    Neither team scored after Delley's basket. Tougaloo missed four field-goal attempts and committed a turnover in the final 71 seconds.
    Romanita Whitaker led Texas College (4-3) with 19 points, and Delley had 18 points and 18 rebounds.
    Amber Johnson made five 3-pointers and scored 18 points for Tougaloo, which has a three-game losing streak. Travalyn Smith had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Keisha Carter had 11 points and five assists.
    Texas College led 41-36 at halftime. Johnson scored six points during a 12-0 run which gave Tougaloo a 61-59 lead with 4:49 remaining.
  West Virginia Tech 82, Dillard 60
    Shantrell Matthews scored 15 points, and Orlandrea Moore had 13 points and 13 rebounds to help the Golden Bears (7-2) snap a two-game losing streak.
    Kierra Wilkins added 12 points, and Marche Westray had nine points and eight assists for West Virginia Tech, which led 40-22 at halftime.
    The double-double was Moore's second in as many games. She had 12 points and 12 rebounds Thursday against Xavier.
    Crystal Marcial scored 16 points for Dillard (0-6), and Roshawnda Bolton and Sandra Nweke scored 11 apiece.
    Six-foot-9 Rita Besa made a pair of free throws — her only points of the game — with 7:21 remaining to give the Golden Bears their biggest lead, 68-37.
    West Virginia Tech outshot Dillard 43 to 30 percent from the floor.


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