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Tucker leads Gold Nuggets in 74-52 defeat of SUNO
January 11, 2014

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     NEW ORLEANS — Senior forward Danielle Tucker scored 13 of her season-high-tying 15 points in the first half Saturday to lead Xavier University of Louisiana in a 74-52 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference women's basketball victory against SUNO at the Convocation Center.
     The Gold Nuggets (13-6, 3-0) won for the ninth time in 10 games and snapped the seven-game win streak of the Lady Knights (8-3, 2-1). Xavier has won 12 in a row at home since losing to SUNO last season.
     Chelsea Broussard and Paige Gauthier scored 11 points apiece for Xavier, and Vinnie Briggs scored 10. Whitney Gathright had seven points and a career-high 11 assists.
     Brandy Broome had 14 points, four rebounds and three steals for SUNO, and Sabrina Scott and Victoria Davis scored eight points apiece. Sharilyn Reed grabbed 10 rebounds.
     Tucker and Emoni Harvey led Xavier with seven rebounds apiece — Harvey matched her career best — and Tucker had a career-high-tying four steals.
     Xavier led 43-28 at halftime. The Gold Nuggets led the final 35 minutes and held their biggest lead, 61-35, after a Briggs basket with 11:57 remaining.
     The Gold Nuggets outshot the Lady Knights 43.1 to 27.3 percent from the floor for the game and outrebounded them 49-43. Xavier committed 19 turnovers and gained 24.
     Gathright's assist total is the best by a Gold Nugget since the start of the 2003-04 season. It's just the third time in the last 10 seasons that an XU player reached double figures in assists — Courtney Williams had 10 against Loyola on Jan. 19, 2004, and Marchelle Jones had 10 against Tougaloo on Jan. 22, 2011.
     Xavier will play Edward Waters in a GCAC game at 3 p.m. next Saturday.


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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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