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Whitmore's 3-pointer beats buzzer, Belhaven
For immediate release . . . January 20, 2007
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NEW ORLEANS — Brittany Whitmore's 3-pointer at the buzzer Saturday lifted NAIA No. 22 Xavier University of Louisiana to a 63-62 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference women's basketball victory against Belhaven at The Barn.

The Gold Nuggets (14-5 overall, 6-0 GCAC) extended their winning streak to seven games and defeated Belhaven (5-9, 3-3) for the 23rd time in their last 24 meetings.

Whitmore scored from the left side after a pass from Jarryn Cleaves. It was the second time during the Nuggets' streak that they won at the buzzer — Tiffany Norris made a 2-pointer Dec. 30 to give Xavier a 45-44 victory against then-fourth-ranked Montana Western.

"I just said Lord, please let it go in," said Whitmore, who scored all seven of her points in the second half. "Cleaves is our shooter, but my defender left me to help out on Cleaves, so I was open. I knew I had to be ready if she passed it to me."

Dominee Matthews scored 17 points, Erica Turnbull 16 and Cleaves 12 for Xavier.

Roxana Rogers scored 16 points and Samantha Kirkwood 15 for Belhaven, and Lindsey Dukes had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Belhaven didn't score after Dukes' basket gave the Lady Blazers a 62-58 lead with 1:04 remaining. Rynika Hebert's putback with 48 seconds to play cut the margin to 62-60, and Xavier gained a turnover with 19 seconds remaining before Whitmore swished her shot.

"We'll take them any way we can get them," Xavier Coach Bo Browder said.

The teams were tied at 29 at halftime, then Belhaven scored nine consecutive points to take a 38-31 lead with 15:56 remaining. The lead changed hands four more times before the final shot.

Xavier outshot Belhaven 45 to 36 from the floor, but the Lady Blazers outrebounded the Nuggets 42-36, including a 17-6 advantage on the offensive end.

The Nuggets, who have won 53 of their last 58 conference games, will play GCAC opponent William Carey at 5:30 p.m. Monday at The Barn.


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The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's and women's teams in basketball, cross country and tennis.

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