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Xavier women's basketball notes   NAIA Division I National Championship — First Round
Xavier Gold Nuggets (28-5) vs. Cumberland Patriots (25-8)
Thursday, March 18, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CDT
Oman Arena (capacity 5,600), Jackson, Tenn.

Briefly:   Xavier has a 21-game win streak but has lost five in a row at nationals since a 64-55 first-round victory over Trevecca Nazarene on March 20, 2003 . . . A Xavier victory against Cumberlands would tie the program record of 22 consecutive victories set in 1997-98 . . . The Gold Nuggets and Patriots will meet on the second day of the tournament and in the 13th of 16 first-round games.

Series:   First meeting. Xavier is 2-2 against current members of the Mid-South Conference (1-0 Rio Grande, 1-0 West Virginia Tech, 0-1 Campbellsville, 0-1 Lindsey Wilson). Both XU losses occurred on consecutive days at The Barn early this year — Lindsey Wilson defeated the Nuggets 53-51 on Jan. 2, then Campbellsville won 71-70 the following day. In both games Xavier had double-digit leads, and Lindsey Wilson outscored Xavier 10-0 in the final 6:22. Like Cumberlands, both Lindsey Wilson and Campbellsville qualified for nationals. Xavier has won 21 straight since the loss to Campbellsville.

Rankings:   Cumberlands was 16th, and Xavier was 20th in the final NAIA Division I coaches poll announced March 2.

Seedings:   Cumberlands is fourth and Xavier fifth in their eight-team quadrant. There are 32 teams at the Division I tourney.

In Conference:   Xavier was 18-0 and finished first in the 10-team Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. The Nuggets went 3-0 in the conference tournament, beating regular-season runner-up LSU-Shreveport 56-51 in the final . . . Cumberlands was 11-3 and placed second in the eight-team Mid-South Conference, then went 3-0 in the conference tournament with a 73-68 victory over regular-season champion Campbellsville in the championship game.

Next:   The Xavier-Cumberlands winner will play St. Xavier or Evangel in the second round at 8 p.m. Friday. St. Xavier and Evangel will play at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, immediately following the Xavier-Cumberlands game. Xavier is 2-0 against St. Xavier and 0-0 against Evangel. The Nuggets are 8-8 against the teams in their half of the bracket, including victories against Lee (Tenn.), Langston and Lubbock Christian.

Most Recently:   Xavier turned five steals into baskets during a late 13-2 burst that rallied the Nuggets to a 56-51 victory over LSU-Shreveport in the championship game of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament at The Barn. Brittany Powell scored 19 points and Jazmoné Kelly nine for Xavier. Both grabbed eight rebounds and produced four steals. Brandi Young's right-side 3-pointer at 2:12 gave the Nuggets a 52-48 lead and made it a two-or-more possession game the rest of the way.

Back in Tennessee:   This is the fifth consecutive time that Xavier has played in the NAIA Division I National Championship with a Tennessee resident on the roster. Junior guard Ashley McGill (Memphis/Northside High School) is in her second trip to nationals.

Shooting for Improvement:   The Nuggets shot a collective 33.8 percent from the floor (156-of-462) in their last seven games at the NAIA tourney. The best performance of the seven was 39.1 percent in a first-round victory over Trevecca Nazarene in the 2003. The other six games, not surprisingly, were Xavier losses.

Two of the Best:   Xavier leads NAIA Division I in scoring defense (51.7), and Cumberlands is No. 1 in 3-point field-goal percentage defense (.244).

All-Conference:   Brittany Powell was chosen GCAC Player of the Year and was a repeat All-GCAC selection. Jasmine Grant was the fourth XU sophomore in 11 seasons to make the team. Bo Browder was Coach of the Year for the third time — first time since 2003-04.

Also Notable:
  ~ Fourteen of Xavier's last 16 teams qualified for the NAIA tourney. The exceptions were in 1999-2000 and 2008-09. The streak does not include the 2005-06 season, when Xavier suspended athletics in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
  ~ Xavier reached 20 victories for the 17th time in 18 seasons and set a school record with their ninth consecutive 20-win season.
  ~ The Gold Nuggets became the second Gulf Coast Athletic Conference women's team to finish 18-0 in conference. The first to do it was Xavier’s 1997-98 team.
  ~ Xavier allowed less than 50 points in a school-record six consecutive games Jan 28-Feb. 11.
  ~ Just three of Xavier's 11 players previously traveled to Jackson for nationals: senior LaTashia Wise (2007 and 2008) and juniors Danielle Jones (2008) and Ashley McGill (2008).
  ~ Xavier is 5-13 in its previous 13 appearances at nationals and never has advanced to the quarterfinals. The first-round victories occurred in 1995 (87-75 vs. Salem International), 1996 (84-50 vs. Claflin), 1997 (77-52 vs. LeTourneau), 1998 (70-66 vs. Georgia Southwestern) and 2003 (64-55 vs. Trevecca Nazarene). The Gold Nuggets are 0-4 in the first round since the victory against Trevecca.
  ~ Xavier's five losses this season were by a combined 13 points (average 2.6). The Gold Nuggets held double-digit leads in each of the final four losses.

 
Xavier Roster
No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown
3 SiMon Franklin G 5-7 So. Baton Rouge, La.
10 Danielle Jones F 5-9 Jr. Baton Rouge, La.
12 Brandi Young G 5-6 So. Memphis, Tenn.
13 LaTashia Wise G/F 5-10 Sr. Belle Rose, La.
15 Jazmoné Kelly G/F 5-9 So. Cincinnati, Ohio
20 Jasmine Grant G 5-8 So. Shreveport, La.
22 Christina Warren F/G 5-9 Jr. Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
23 Brittany Powell F/C 6-0 Sr. Milwaukee, Wis.
24 Danielle Kennebrew F 5-11 So. Atlanta, Ga.
25 Marchelle Jones G 5-4 So. Baton Rouge, La.
34 Ashley McGill G 5-4 Jr. Memphis, Tenn.
HEAD COACH:   Bo Browder (Grambling 1994) . . . 271-94 in 11th season at Xavier (1-8 at NAIA Division I National Championship), 273-102 in 12th season overall.
ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH:   Darrilyn Broussard (Xavier 1986), ninth season.

Cumberlands Roster
No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown
3 Stephanie Quattrociocchi G 5-7 Jr. Windsor, Canada
4 Brittanie Ware G 5-6 Sr. Radcliff, Ky.
5 Haley Ratliff G 5-7 So. Pikeville, Ky.
10 Lauren Wombles G/F 6-0 So. London, Ky.
12 Sonia Thompson G/F 6-1 Sr. Utica, Mich.
21 Lauren Martin F 6-0 Sr. Detroit, Mich.
22 Allison Whitenack G 5-6 Fr. Westchester, Ohio
32 Sherika Puckett F/C 6-2 Jr. Seattle, Wash.
40 Amber Neace G 6-0 Sr. London, Ky.
44 Amanda Brimm F/C 6-3 So. Williamsburg, Ky.
HEAD COACH:   Melissa Irvin (Cumberland 1994) . . . 283-126 in 13th season at Cumberlands (4-8 at NAIA Division I National Championship).
ASSISTANT COACHES:   Eddie Mahan, Lissi Fuller.


This Date in Gold Nuggets History
March 18, 1998

Xavier rallied from a 34-27 halftime deficit for a 70-66 victory over Georgia Southwestern in the opening round of the NAIA Division I National Championship at Jackson, Tenn. The Gold Nuggets (28-3) extended their school-record winning streak to 22 games. Cassee Davis scored 22 points and Kim Simpkins 18 for Xavier, which clinched the victory late by making six free throws in a row.

Brittany Powell's honors this season
•   Honorable mention on NAIA State Farm Coaches' All-America Team
•   Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year
•   All-GCAC for the second straight season
•   GCAC Player of the Week three times
•   Louisiana Player of the Week twice

   Brittany Powell
•   NAIA Division I National Player of the Week
•   Allstate Sugar Bowl Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month for January
•   Four-time HBCU Division II National Player of the Week in the Heritage Sports Radio Network fan poll

Individual Leaders
Xavier Gold Nuggets Category Cumberland Patriots
Brittany Powell 14.6 PPG Lauren Wombles 13.2
Brittany Powell 5.8 REB Sonia Thompson 7.1
Marchelle Jones 3.8 AST Haley Ratliff 2.4
Brittany Powell 53.7 FG% Lauren Martin 54.2
Christina Warren 82.3 FT% Lauren Wombles 83.8
Brittany Powell 108 FTM Lauren Wombles 96
Jasmine Grant 35.2 3PT% Lauren Wombles 39.4
Jasmine Grant 58 3PTM Amber Neace 66
Brittany Powell 1.3 BLK Lauren Martin 1.0
Marchelle Jones 2.5 STL Haley Ratliff 1.8

 

 
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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 and women's teams in basketball, cross country and tennis.

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