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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
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Through life's journey, onward, upward
To the eternal day. (Refrain)
Nuggets will open with 8 consecutive games in new arena
October 11, 2012
NEW ORLEANS — The Xavier University of Louisiana
women's basketball team will test its new home early and often.
The Gold Nuggets will open the 2012-13 regular season
with eight consecutive games in the Convocation Academic Center, which is nearing
completion for a Nov. 3 basketball doubleheader debut. XU athletics director
Dennis Cousin announced the Nuggets' schedule Thursday.
It's the first time that the XU women have opened
with that many consecutive home games. It's also the first time that the
Gold Nuggets played eight in a row at home at any time in a season since 2001-02.
Xavier — 26-9 last season, the Gulf Coast Athletic
Conference regular-season and tournament champion and No. 16 in the final
NAIA Division I coaches poll — will visit LSU in a Nov. 1 exhibition,
then help christen the CAC with a 3 p.m. game against Johnson & Wales (Fla.)
two days later. The Johnson & Wales game will follow a 1 p.m. men's game between Xavier and Morehouse.
Tailgating and a ribbon-cutting will precede the doubleheader.
The Gold Nuggets, 243-22 the past 19 seasons at The Barn,
a 1,300-seat gymnasium which opened in 1937, hope to continue their home dominance
in the new arena, which features 3,817 permanent seats for athletics events.
Seventeen of 28 regular-season games will be at home.
"The Barn has been great to us," said Bo Browder, in
his 14th year as head coach. "But I've always believed our success has been more about
the young ladies we've been blessed to be able to put on the court. We're looking forward to
moving to a great new arena and putting our stamp on it."
Xavier closed its tenure at The Barn with 10 consecutive
victories. The Nuggets' current home win streak in conference is 22.
Four of Xavier's first eight home opponents —
Westminster (Utah) on Nov. 17, LSU-Shreveport on Nov. 19, Langston on Nov. 22 and city rival Loyola
on Dec. 5 — qualified, like the Nuggets, for the 2012 NAIA Division I National
Championship. Xavier has been a fixture at the national tournament, qualifying
for it 16 times in the past 18 seasons.
For the seventh consecutive season and the 11th time
overall, the Gold Nuggets will play host to the Xavier Classic, with games on
Thanksgiving and the day after. Xavier will play Langston and Texas College in
Also visiting Xavier on Jan. 2 will be Bethel (Tenn.),
an NAIA tournament qualifier three consecutive seasons from 2009-11.
First-time XU opponents will be Johnson & Wales,
Westminster, Bethel and Faulkner. Xavier will play Faulkner — a third-year program
but a 20-game winner each of the past two seasons — Dec. 29 on the second and
final day of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Huntingdon College's Roland Arena
in Montgomery, Ala. On the previous day the Nuggets will play Belhaven, another 2012 NAIA tournament qualifier.
Xavier will open defense of its GCAC championship
Jan. 5 at Edward Waters. The GCAC changed its times this season for Saturday
conference doubleheaders. After a longtime policy of 5 and 7 p.m. tip-offs,
Saturday start times will be 3 p.m. for women's games and 5 p.m. for men's.
The GCAC allows changes to starting times by mutual agreement of the competing
schools, and four times this season the Gold Nuggets will play the second game in conference doubleheaders
— Jan. 19 at home against Philander Smith, Jan. 21 at home against
Fisk, Feb. 2 at home against Talladega and Feb. 9 at Philander Smith.
SUNO will visit XU on Jan. 14, and Dillard will visit
on Feb. 23 in the regular-season finale. The Gold Nuggets' road games against their
GCAC city rivals will be Jan. 26 at Dillard and Feb. 16 at SUNO.
After two years in Jacksonville, Fla., the GCAC Tournament
will be played Feb. 28-March 2 in Little Rock, Ark. The tournament winner will
earn an automatic bid to the NAIA tournament in Frankfort, Ky. Xavier
seeks its fourth consecutive GCAC Tournament championship.
This will be the Gold Nuggets' 35th season of the Title IX era.
2012-13 Xavier University
Women's Basketball Schedule
Click here for an additional link to the basketball schedule
All times are subject to change
Nov. 1 (Thu.): at LSU, 7 p.m. (exhibition)
Nov. 3 (Sat.): JOHNSON & WALES (Fla.) (DH), 3 p.m.
Nov. 13 (Tue.): SPRING HILL, 6 p.m.
Nov. 17 (Sat.): WESTMINSTER (Utah) (DH), noon (Homecoming)
Nov. 19 (Mon.): LSU-SHREVEPORT (DH), 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 22 (Thu.): LANGSTON, 7 p.m. (Xavier Classic)
Nov. 23 (Fri.): TEXAS COLLEGE, 2:30 p.m. (Xavier Classic)
Nov. 27 (Tue.): MOBILE (DH), 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 5 (Wed.): LOYOLA (DH), 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 14 (Fri.): at William Carey, 6 p.m.
Dec. 28 (Fri.): Belhaven, 5 p.m. (Coaches vs. Cancer Classic) (1)
Dec. 29 (Sat.) Faulkner, 9 p.m. (Coaches vs. Cancer Classic) (1)
Jan. 2 (Wed.): BETHEL (Tenn.), 2 p.m.
Jan. 5 (Sat.): • at Edward Waters (DH), 3 p.m. EST
Jan. 7 (Mon.): • at Talladega (DH), 5 p.m.
Jan. 12 (Sat.): • TOUGALOO (DH), 3 p.m.
Jan. 14 (Mon.): • SUNO (DH), 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 19 (Sat.): • PHILANDER SMITH (DH), 2 p.m.
Jan. 21 (Mon.): • FISK (DH), 3 p.m.
Jan. 26 (Sat.): • at Dillard (DH), 5 p.m.
Jan. 28 (Mon.): at Mobile (DH), 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 31 (Thu.): WILLIAM CAREY, 6 p.m.
Feb. 2 (Sat.): • TALLADEGA (DH), 2 p.m.
Feb. 4 (Mon.): • EDWARD WATERS (DH), 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 9 (Sat.): • at Philander Smith (DH), 2 p.m.
Feb. 11 (Mon.): • at Fisk (DH), 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 16 (Sat.): • at SUNO (DH), 2 p.m.
Feb. 18 (Mon.): • at Tougaloo (DH), 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 23 (Sat.): • DILLARD (DH), 3 p.m. (Crosstown Classic, Senior Day and Rush/Nuggets Alumni Weekend)
Feb. 28-March 2 (Thu.-Sat): GCAC Tournament, Little Rock, Ark.
March 13-19 (Wed.-Tue.): NAIA Division I National Championship, Frankfort, Ky.
Home games in (in bold and CAPITAL LETTERS) are played at the Convocation Academic Center (capacity 3,817), Xavier University campus, New Orleans
• Gulf Coast Athletic Conference game
DH — doubleheader with Xavier's men
TBA — To be announced
(1) at Montgomery, Ala.
All times are Central except where noted
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