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Franklin's career-high 18 helps Nuggets beat Spring Hill
November 13, 2012

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     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's SiMon Franklin scored 13 of her career-high 18 points in the second half Tuesday in a 61-50 women's basketball victory against Spring Hill at XU's new Convocation Center.
     The Gold Nuggets (2-0), ranked 11th in NAIA Division I, have a 12-game home winning streak, including both their games this season.
     Franklin, a senior guard, had four assists, four steals and a blocked shot in 27 minutes. Xavier led 27-23 at halftime, but five consecutive Franklin points gave the Nuggets a 42-30 lead with 13:52 remaining. Angelica Alexander's basket with 2:45 remaining gave Xavier its biggest lead, 61-43.
     Danielle Tucker scored 11 points, nine in the first half, and Whitney Gaston-Loyd had eight for Xavier. Paige Gauthier led the Nuggets with career-highs of eight rebounds and six steals.
     Jamesha Watkins scored 12 points for Spring Hill (1-4), which dropped its fourth in a row. Thirteen Badgers scored, but no one else had more than seven. April Bradford grabbed nine rebounds.
     Gaston-Loyd's basket at 14:53 of the first half put Xavier ahead to stay at 8-6.
     Both teams shot 38 percent from the floor. Xavier outshot Spring Hill 46.9 to 36 percent in the second half. Xavier outrebounded Spring Hill 37-34. The Nuggets committed 21 turnovers and gained 31.
     Xavier's next game will start at noon Saturday against NAIA No. 5 Westminster (Utah) at the Convocation Center. It will be the first of three consecutive Xavier games against ranked opponents.


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The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and track and field and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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