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Gold Nuggets win at Edward Waters in GCAC opener
January 5, 2013

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     JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Paige Gauthier's 12 points and career-high 11 rebounds led NAIA No. 9 Xavier University of Louisiana in a 77-59 women's basketball victory Saturday against Edward Waters. It was the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
     The Gold Nuggets (11-2) won for the ninth time in 10 games. They trailed 11-5 after seven minutes but outscored the Lady Tigers 34-18 to take a 39-29 halftime lead. It was Xavier's most first-half points since its opener Nov. 3. Jessica Savannah's basket at 5:30 put Xavier ahead to stay, 21-19.
     Gauthier, a reserve junior guard, scored in double figures for a career-best third consecutive game. She had eight points, including two 3-pointers, and nine rebounds in the first half. Her previous high for rebounds in a game was eight. Gauthier is the only XU guard since the start of the 2003-04 season to record a double-double.
     Carmen Holcombe also scored 12 points for Xavier — she reached double figures for the second straight game — and Danielle Tucker grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds. Talor Hixon had a season-high seven assists with no turnovers in 26 minutes.
     Edward Waters (4-9) cut Xavier's lead to 49-44 after Amber Antoine's basket with 11:40 remaining, but the Nuggets outscored the Lady Tigers 28-15 thereafter. Gauthier hit her career-best third 3-pointer at 7:45 to make it 59-47 at 7:45.
     Jacqui Harries and Daphne Walker led Edward Waters with 11 points each.
     Xavier committed 14 turnovers to match a season low, outshot the Lady Tigers 40 to 35.2 percent from the floor and outrebounded them 66-36. The Nuggets grabbed their most rebounds in a game since the start of 2003-04. Both teams made a season-low 42.1 percent of their free throws — Xavier was 8-of-19, and Edward Waters was 16-of-38. The Nuggets' woes came after making 43-of-50 free throws the previous two games.
     Xavier won its GCAC opener for the 20th time in 21 seasons and is 37-2 in GCAC regular-season games since the start of 2009-10.
     Xavier will remain on the road and play Talladega at 5 p.m. Monday. It will be a rematch of last season's GCAC Tournament final, which the Nuggets won for the third consecutive year. The Nuggets' next home game will start at 3 p.m. next Saturday against Tougaloo in XU's new Convocation Center.


Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

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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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