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Nuggets to face challenging stretch of NAIA qualifiers
September 12, 2008

     NEW ORLEANS — Five consecutive games against teams which qualified for the 2008 NAIA Division I National Championship highlight the 2008-09 Xavier University of Louisiana women's basketball schedule.
     Bo Browder, in his 10th season as the Gold Nuggets' head coach, announced the schedule Friday.
     The Nuggets' 19-day stretch of NAIA qualifiers consists of Berry and Lee (Tenn.) in the Lady Flames Classic at Cleveland, Tenn., on Nov. 14-15, Langston and Wiley in the Xavier Classic on Nov. 27-28 and a game at Wiley on Dec. 2. Those opponents were a combined 118-20 this past season, and all but Berry won first-round games at the national tournament.
     Three more games against NAIA qualifiers will follow that stretch: Dec. 20 in the San Juan Shootout (Puerto Rico) against four-time defending Division I scoring champion Olivet Nazarene and Jan. 29 at home and Feb. 4 on the road against city and Gulf Coast Athletic Conference rival Loyola.
     Olivet averaged 104.1 points per game in 2007-08 — missing the NAIA season record by less than four-hundredths of a point — and set an NAIA record of 19 games scoring 100 or more points. Loyola lost two of three games to Xavier this past season but won the GCAC regular-season championship en route to a school-record 28 victories and its first appearance in the NAIA quarterfinals.
     For the second consecutive season and the sixth time overall, Xavier's home doubleheader against longtime city, HBCU and GCAC rival Dillard will be played at New Orleans Arena, which seats 17,200. The Crosstown Classic will be Saturday, Jan. 24, with the women's game tipping off at 5 p.m. and the men's game at 7.
     The Nuggets' first regular-season game will be Nov. 8 against Edward Waters in the HBCU Preseason Challenge at Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Xavier will play a home exhibition Nov. 1 against the Louisiana Hurricanes and play its first regular-season home game at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10 against Huston-Tillotson. The Nuggets will enter the season with a 19-game winning streak at The Barn.
     The GCAC opener will be Jan. 8 at LSU-Shreveport.
     Xavier's Feb. 14 home matchup against city, HBCU and GCAC rival SUNO will be a WBCA Pink Zone Game. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to that game, which is a fundraiser to benefit breast cancer research.
     Xavier, an NAIA Division I school, was 27-7 in 2007-08, finished second in the GCAC and won 65-64 at Loyola in the GCAC Tournament championship game. The Gold Nuggets qualified for the NAIA Division I National Championship for a school-record seventh consecutive time and the 13th time in 14 seasons.
     Call (504) 520-7329 for ticket information.

    
2008-09 XAVIER UNIVERSITY
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

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Nov. 1:  LOUISIANA HURRICANES (DH) (exhibition), 7 p.m.
Nov. 7:  Florida Memorial (exhibition) (1), 7 p.m.
Nov. 8:  Edward Waters (1), 5 p.m.
Nov. 10:  HUSTON-TILLOTSON, 6 p.m.
Nov. 14:  Berry (2), 4 p.m.
Nov. 15:  at Lee (Tenn.) (2), 2 p.m.
Nov. 27:  LANGSTON (3), 7 p.m.
Nov. 28:  WILEY (3), 4 p.m.
Dec. 2:  at Wiley, 6 p.m.
Dec. 6:  PAUL QUINN (DH), 2 p.m.
Dec. 19:  Judson (Ill.) (4), 4 p.m.
Dec. 20:  Olivet Nazarene (4), Noon
Dec. 30:  at Paul Quinn (DH) (5), 4 p.m.
Dec. 31:  Jarvis Christian (DH) (5), Noon
Jan. 8:  at LSU-Shreveport (DH), 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 10:  at Belhaven (DH), 5 p.m.
Jan. 15:  • TOUGALOO (DH), 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 17:  at SUNO (DH), 5 p.m.
Jan. 22:  • WILLIAM CAREY (DH), 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 24:  • DILLARD (DH) (Crosstown Classic at New Orleans Arena), 5 p.m.
Jan. 26:  • MOBILE (DH), 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 29:  • LOYOLA (DH), 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 31:  at Spring Hill (DH), 5 p.m.
Feb. 4:  at Loyola (DH), 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 7:  • LSU-SHREVEPORT (DH), 5 p.m.
Feb. 9:  • BELHAVEN (DH), 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 12:  at Tougaloo (DH), 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 14:  • SUNO (DH) (WBCA Pink Zone Game), 5 p.m.
Feb. 19:  at William Carey (DH), 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 21:  at Mobile (DH), 5 p.m.
Feb. 26:  • SPRING HILL (DH), 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 28:  at Dillard (DH) (UNO Lakefront Arena), 5 p.m.
March 2-9:  GCAC Tournament, TBA
March 18-24:  NAIA Division I National Championship, Jackson, Tenn.

Home games in BOLD
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference game
(DH) — Doubleheader with Xavier's men
TBA — To be announced
All times are Central
(1) HBCU Preseason Challenge, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
(2) Lady Flames Classic, Cleveland, Tenn.
(3) Xavier Classic at The Barn
(4) San Juan Classic, San Juan, Puerto Rico
(5) HBCU Classic, Dallas

 

 
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