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In the Crescent Bend
Stands our loved and noble Xavier,
Far her praises send.
Wave her colors bear them onward
Gold and white so true
Hail to thee, all hail, dear Xavier
Hail, all hail, X.U.!
Xavier, ever be our guide
And lead us on the way,
Through life's journey, onward, upward
To the eternal day. (Refrain)
Grant moves Gold Nuggets into GCAC semifinals
March 3, 2010
NEW ORLEANS — Jasmine Grant scored nine of her
15 points in the final 2:49 Wednesday to help NAIA No. 20 Xavier University of
Louisiana hold on for a 69-61 women's basketball victory over Belhaven in the
quarterfinals of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament.
The Gold Nuggets (26-5), seeded first in the tournament,
extended their winning streak to 19 and will play at home in the semifinals
against fourth-seeded Tougaloo at 7 p.m. Friday.
Grant bailed out Xavier after eighth-seeded Belhaven
(14-17) rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit to tie the score at 58 on
Octavia Mullins' basket with 3:17 remaining. Grant answered with a 3-point
play at 2:49 to give the Nuggets a 61-58 lead, then Belhaven's Jira Williams
made her third 3-pointer for a tie at 61 at 2:22.
But Belhaven never scored again. Xavier closed
with an 8-0 run in which Grant — a 64-percent free-throw shooter entering
the game — made 6-of-6 from the line. The Blazers committed a turnover
and were 0-of-3 from the floor, including a pair of 3-point tries, and missed
all three of their free throws in their final five possessions.
"We rode (Grant) the whole time," Xavier Coach Bo
Browder said. "She played like a champion tonight. She played like she's been
"She's won three state championships (at Shreveport's
Southwood High School). She knows what time it is."
Brittany Powell and Christina Warren added 12 points
apiece for Xavier. Warren made a season-best three 3-pointers, all in the
first half, and reached double figures for the first time in 13 games.
Williams scored 17 points, Stasha Thomas 13 and
Mullins 11 for Belhaven, which lost its final nine road games.
Belhaven led twice for a combined 28 seconds, with
the final lead coming on Mallory Hammack's 3-pointer at 8:05 of the first
half to make it 23-22. Xavier led 34-32 at halftime, then extended it to
54-42 on Brandi Young's basket with 9:10 remaining.
Xavier outshot the Blazers 44 to 39.7 percent from
the floor and outrebounded them 36-29. The Nuggets made 20-of-21 free
throws -- 17-of-18 in the second half -- and Belhaven was 7-of-13.
Powell and Jazmoné Kelly grabbed eight rebounds
apiece for Xavier, and Mullins had nine for Belhaven.
The Nuggets' win streak is the second longest in
program history, topped only by 22 consecutive victories in 1997-98.
Xavier has won 16 straight and 31 of its last 32 meetings with Belhaven.
The victory was the Nuggets' 10th in a row at The
Barn and the 90th in their last 96 games there.
Tougaloo, the Nuggets' Friday opponent, advanced
with an 84-67 home victory against fifth-seeded William Carey. Tougaloo
lost 64-61 and 51-44 to Xavier during the regular season.