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William Carey gives Xavier its third consecutive defeat
February 11, 2014

Box score

     HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Xavier University of Louisiana suffered its third consecutive defeat in women's basketball, 57-50 against William Carey on Tuesday.
     Tiffany Sims scored 12 of her 16 points in the final 13 minutes to help the Lady Crusaders (7-11) pull away from the Gold Nuggets (17-9).
     Whitney Gathright scored 14 points for Xavier, ranked 23rd in NAIA Division I. Vinnie Briggs scored nine points, and Danielle Tucker had eight points, nine rebounds and three steals.
     Alesha Smith's basket with 16:29 remaining gave Xavier its final lead, 31-30. Ciera Sibley's basket after an offensive rebound put William Carey ahead to stay on the next possession and started a decisive 12-4 run.
     The Gold Nuggets cut William Carey's lead to three twice in the final four minutes, but both times the Lady Crusaders scored on the ensuing possession.
     Sibley had 13 points, 14 rebounds and three steals.
     William Carey outshot the Gold Nuggets 35.7 to 26.7 from the floor — 46.2 to 19.4 in the second half — and outrebounded them 48-40. The Lady Crusaders had a 13-12 advantage in steals and produced 16 assists on 20 field goals.
     Gathright and Paige Gauthier each made two of Xavier's five 3-pointers. The Gold Nuggets made 13-of-16 free throws; Gathright made all eight of her attempts.
     Xavier led 5-0 in the opening minute and 14-7 after 7 minutes, but William Carey rallied for a tie at 26 at halftime.
     It was the fourth consecutive road game for Xavier, whose next game will start at 5:30 p.m. Monday against Gulf Coast Athletic Conference opponent Philander Smith.


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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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