Cleaves' fast start takes luster off Sterling
For immediate release . . . December 18, 2007
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — Jarryn Cleaves scored 15 of her 17 points in the first half
Tuesday to lead Xavier University of Louisiana to a 68-56 women's basketball victory
over Sterling in the Cruzin Classic.
The victory was the fifth in a row for the Gold Nuggets (9-2), who are ranked 21st in NAIA
Cleaves, Xavier's only double-figure scorer, added five rebounds and three steals.
Tiffany Norris scored eight points, and Erica Turnbull and Brittany Whitmore had
seven apiece. Whitmore's point total was a season high, and LaTashia Wise grabbed
a career-best 10 rebounds.
Jacci Tinkel scored 14 points, and Ashley Kraft had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Sterling
(5-5). Britany Gasper scored 10.
Cleaves' 3-pointer at 9:20 of the first half put the Nuggets ahead to stay at 16-13.
Xavier led 37-30 at halftime and took its biggest lead, 62-44, on a Norris free throw with 5:54 remaining.
Sterling outshot Xavier 41 to 39 percent from the floor, but the Nuggets had a 37-30 rebound
advantage and gained 27 turnovers, six more than they committed. Xavier made 17 of 22 free
throws for a season-high percentage of .773.
Xavier will play Central Methodist at 6 p.m. EST Wednesday (5 p.m. New Orleans time)
at Miami Shores, Fla., to conclude its participation in this event, which includes
16 women's teams. Sterling, a 57-52 loser to Cardinal Stritch on Monday, finished 0-2 in the Cruzin Classic.
Live statistics on the Xavier-Central Methodist game will be available online at