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Gold Nuggets defeat Wolf Pack for fifth consecutive victory
December 5, 2012

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     NEW ORLEANS — Paige Gauthier and Whitney Gaston-Loyd scored 12 points apiece Wednesday to lead NAIA No. 10 Xavier University of Louisiana to a 54-44 women's basketball victory against city rival Loyola at XU's Convocation Center.
     The victory was the fifth in a row for the Gold Nuggets (7-1), who won despite being outscored 6-0 in each half.
     Gauthier scored 10 first-half points and gave Xavier its first lead, 10-8, on a 3-pointer at 12:49 of the first half. The Gold Nuggets led 35-20 at halftime and took their biggest lead, 48-29, on Danielle Tucker's 3-pointer with 9:28 remaining.
     Jasmine Brewer scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and Rebekah Greer had 10 points for Loyola (3-6), which lost its third in a row and its fifth straight on the road. Loyola equaled its loss total of last season, when it reached the NAIA Division I National Championship.
     Xavier outshot Loyola 35.1 to 27.9 percent from the floor and had a 39-32 rebound advantage. Sophomore guard Talor Hixon grabbed a season-high-tying eight rebounds to lead the Nuggets for the second time in three games.
     Gauthier and Whitney Gathright each made two of Xavier's six 3-pointers.
     The Nuggets lead the series 29-6 and have won all 16 meetings at Xavier.
     After taking fall semester final exams, the Nuggets will travel to William Carey for a 6 p.m. game Dec. 14. It will be Xavier's first road game of the regular season. The next XU home game will be against NAIA No. 13 Bethel (Tenn.) at 2 p.m. on Jan. 2.


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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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