Gold Nuggets defeat Florida Memorial in opener, 72-48
November 4, 2011
NEW ORLEANS — Keldra Hall and Chelsea Broussard
scored 10 points apiece Friday to lead NAIA No. 16 Xavier University of Louisiana
in a 72-48 women's basketball victory against Florida Memorial.
It was the opener for both teams. The Gold Nuggets
won their home opener for the 20th consecutive season.
Hall, an All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference center this
past season, scored all her points in 11 second-half minutes. Broussard, a
sophomore forward, reached double figures for the third time at Xavier.
"I struggled the first half but I was more determined
to be effective in the second half," Hall said.
Jasmine Grant, who missed the final 26 games of
2010-11 because of a knee injury, put Xavier ahead to stay at 7-4 with a
3-pointer during the third minute. The Gold Nuggets led by double digits
for the final 24:52, including 37-25 at halftime, and the final margin was
their largest of the game.
Dominique Jackson had 13 points and eight rebounds
for Florida Memorial, a qualifier for the NAIA Division II National Championship
a year ago, and Kalicia Battle had 10 points and six rebounds. The Lady Lions never led.
Xavier, the NAIA Division I leader in scoring defense the
past two seasons, outshot the Lady Lions 37.3 to 25.9 percent from the floor
and outrebounded them 53-46. Hall and Paige Gauthier grabbed seven rebounds
apiece for the Nuggets, with Gauthier matching her career high.
Fifteen players saw action for Xavier, and 13 scored.
SiMon Franklin, a junior guard who redshirted this past season, started and had
nine points and three steals in a team-best 23 minutes. All four of the Nuggets'
freshmen — Jessica Savannah, Crystal Wallace, Cleosha Lee and redshirt
Dalila Robinson — scored, with Savannah and Robinson getting seven points apiece.
"Our team played well after a disappointing exhibiton
loss at LSU," said Xavier coach Bo Browder, who is 299-102 in 13th seasons.
"We need more work on defense and rebounding. Other than that it was a good night."
Xavier has won 11 straight at The Barn and 110 of its
past 117 games in its campus facility.
NOTES: Xavier beat Florida Memorial in
both teams' opener for the second straight year. It was 55-47 at The Barn
last season . . . XU's 2010-11 team members received Gulf Coast Athletic
Conference Tournament championship rings in a pregame ceremony . . . Xavier's
tournament next week at Georgetown (Ky.) changed sponsors — it's now the
Chick-fil-A Classic — and game times. The Gold Nuggets will play at 6 p.m.
EST next Friday against Indiana Wesleyan and 4 p.m. EST the following day