Langston rolls past XU in matchup of ranked NAIA teams
November 24, 2011
NEW ORLEANS — Ayanna Jackson scored 12 of her 16
points in the second half Thursday to lead NAIA No. 19 Langston to a 59-44 women's
basketball victory against No. 16 Xavier University of Louisiana in the Xavier Classic.
The Lady Lions (6-0) snapped the 14-game home win streak
of the Gold Nuggets (4-3).
Kimberly Jones and Shontice Simmons scored 12 points
apiece for Langston, and Tayla Vaughn scored 10. Jones grabbed 11 rebounds.
SiMon Franklin scored eight points for Xavier, which
never led. Langston took the lead for good in the second minute and limited
Xavier's two leading scorers this season, Jasmine Grant and Keldra Hall,.to a
combined two points.
Baskets by Danielle Kennebrew, Brandi Young, Paige
Rochelle and Dalila Robinson in a 9-2 run helped Xavier cut Langston's lead to
28-25 by halftime. But Langston started the second half with a 12-4 run, including
3-pointers by Jackson and Simmons, to take a 40-29 lead with 14:21 remaining.
The Gold Nuggets never got closer than seven points thereafter.
Kennebew's second of two consecutive baskets trimmed
Langston's lead to 52-44 with 3:13 remaining, but that was Xavier's final score.
The Lady Lions made 7-of-8 free throws in a closing burst.
Xavier shot a season-low 30 percent from the floor.
Langston shot 35.2 percent and had advantages of 46-38 in rebounds, 15-6 in made
free throws and 6-2 in made 3-pointers. Jackson made three 3-pointers, and
Langston limited Grant, Xavier's leading perimeter shooter, to 0-for-1 from
behind the arc in a scorless 23 minutes.
Langston, a 62-47 loser to Xavier on the opening night
of the Xavier Classic a year ago, gave the Gold Nuggets their biggest loss at
The Barn since a 70-55 decision against SUNO on Feb. 12, 2007. It's the second
time in 11 seasons that Xavier suffered a double-digit home defeat. Langston also
snapped Xavier's seven-game Thanksgiving Day win streak and has won 31 of 34 since
losing to the Nuggets in 2010.
Xavier has a two-game losing streak for the first time
since the first week of January 2010.
In the other Xavier Classic games, Dillard defeated Rust 77-76 in overtime,
Holy Names defeated Texas College 63-59, and Tuskegee beat Mobile 61-58.
Friday's games will match Rust vs. Mobile at noon, Tuskegee vs. Texas College at
2 p.m., Langston vs. Dillard at 4 p.m. and Xavier vs. Holy Names at 6 p.m in a
webcast. Helen Cox will play Terrebonne in a high school girls game at 10:30 a.m.