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Talladega defeats ninth-ranked Gold Nuggets 68-65
January 7, 2013

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     TALLADEGA, Ala. — Arielle George scored 12 of her 17 points in the second half Monday to lead Talladega to a 68-65 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference women's basketball victory against NAIA No. 9 Xavier University of Louisiana.
     George made a season-high-tying five 3-pointers, three in the second half, to help the Lady Tornadoes (6-6 overall, 2-0 conference) give the Gold Nuggets (11-3, 1-1) a rare GCAC defeat.
     Megan Iloff scored 13 points for Talladega, and Ryann Drear had 11. SiMon Franklin scored 18 points, all in the second half, for Xavier, and Whitney Gaston-Loyd scored a career-high-tying 13 points.
     Talladega led 25-22 at halftime, then scored the most second-half points, 43, by a Xavier opponent this season. Xavier's defense allowed its most points and most 3-pointers (8) in a game this season.
     Xavier made six 3-pointers, two apiece by Franklin and Paige Gauthier. It was the third consecutive game that Gauthier made multiple 3-pointers.
     The loss was the third in 40 GCAC regular-season games for Xavier in four years. Talladega is responsible for two of the defeats, including a 68-62 decision at Talladega last season.
     Xavier's next game will start at 3 p.m. Saturday against Tougaloo at XU's new Convocation Center. It will be the Nuggets' first GCAC game in the 3,937-seat facility, which opened Nov. 3.


Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
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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