Feb. 1, 2013
#A10WBB NOTEBOOK | STANDINGS | STATISTICS
WHAT'S ON TAP FOR THE WEEKEND (*denotes A-10 Conference game)
Saturday, February 2
*Saint Joseph's at Rhode Island | 2:00 PM
*VCU at Fordham | 2:00 PM
Sunday, February 3
*#17/15 Dayton at Richmond | ESPNU | 11:00 AM
*George Washington at La Salle | 1:00 PM
*Duquesne at Charlotte | 2:00 PM
*St. Bonaventure at Xavier | 2:00 PM
*Temple at Massachusetts | 2:00 PM
- Charlotte's Jennifer Hailey and Dayton's Amber Deane have been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, the league office announced on Monday. The award marks the third-straight and fourth overall for Deane, while Hailey collects the citation for the second time this season. Both student-athletes were recognized for games played during the week of Jan. 21-27.
- For the 11th consecutive week Dayton is ranked in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches Polls. Dayton (17-1, 5-0 A-10) remained No. 17 in the AP Top 25 with 357 points. UD moved up one spot to No. 15 in USA Today Coaches Poll with 319 points.
- Richmond plays host to Dayton on Sunday in front of a nationally televised audience on ESPNU on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Melissa Lee will handle play-by-play duties while Christy Winters Scott will serve as the color analyst.
-The Duquesne senior class of Vanessa Abel, Jocelyn Floyd, Ahjah Hall and Carly Vendemia now has 81 career wins and needs only four more to become the all-time winningest class in program history. The Dukes remained a perfect 6-0 in conference play after defeating George Washington in double-overtime, 63-59. This marks the first time that Duquesne has been 6-0 in the Atlantic 10. | Video: Duquesne WBB enjoying season of `first' - CLICK HERE
-Saint Joseph's (14-5, 5-0 A-10) enters Saturday's contest against Rhode Island (5-15, 0-5 A-10) with a 49-6 edge all-time and having won eight straight in the series.
-Saint Joseph's is also 5-0 in the Atlantic 10 for the first time since the 2003-04 season. The Hawks won their first six games and finished 12-4 in the A-10 that year. - Saturday marks the first ever meeting between VCU (8-13, 1-5 A-10) and Fordham (14-6, 4-1 A-10). The Rams of VCU are coming off of a defeat at the hands of the #17/15 Dayton, 60-49, while the Rams of Fordham (14-6, 4-1 A-10), winners of eight of their last ten games, look to bounce back after a 68-50 loss to Duquesne last weekend.
-La Salle's Brittany Wilson, the A-10's leading scorer this season at 18.3 points per game, poured in a season-high 30 points in Wednesday's victory against Massachusetts. The game marked Wilson's tenth game this season in which she has recorded more than 20 points.
-UMass senior Jasmine Watson recorded her 15th career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds against La Salle.
-The Billikens (9-12, 3-3 A-10) snapped a 14-game losing streak to Xavier (6-14, 0-6 A-10), on Thursday as they defeated the Musketeers for the first time since Feb. 20, 1988, when the teams were both members of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference.
THURSDAY (1/31) RESULTS
SAINT LOUIS 66, XAVIER 49 | XAVIER HIGHLIGHTS
CINCINNATI - Saint Louis women's basketball picked up a 66-49 decision over Atlantic 10 foe Xavier Thursday night at Cintas Center. With the loss XU fell to 6-14 overall and 0-6 in the A-10 while the Billikens improved to 9-12 and 3-3 in the conference.
Saint Louis's Desire Ball led all scorers with 22 points on 8-of-11 from the field and 4-of-5 from behind the arc. As a team, the Billikens went 24-of-46 from the field for a 52.2 percent clip including a 61.5 percent mark from 3-point land.
SLU used an 11-6 run to take a 51-44 lead that was capped with a Billiken layup with 8:28 left to play in the second half.
Juniors Shatyra Hawkes and Ashley Wanninger led the Musketeers with 12 points each. Hawkes' dozen came on 5-of-11 from the field and 1-of-1 from the free-throw line while Wanninger went 5-of-9 from the field including 2-of-5 from behind the arc.
The Billikens continued their strong offensive showing as they out-scored XU 38-20 in the second half to come away with the win.
TEMPLE 61, RICHMOND 48 | TEMPLE HIGHLIGHTS
PHILADELPHIA - Four players scored in double figures for Temple women's basketball in a 61-48 win over Richmond (12-10, 2-4) in Atlantic 10 action on Thursday night at McGonigle Hall. Tyonna Williams scored a game-high 17 points while dishing a game-high six assists to lead the Owls (9-11, 2-3).
Temple got 12 points apiece from Sally Kabengano, Victoria Macaulay and Rateska Brown. Macaulay and Kabengano added nine rebounds apiece, while Macaulay also blocked four shots. Brown hit 4-of-8 from behind the arc and Williams hit 3-of-5 treys and 4-of-4 at the line.
Becca Wann led the Spiders with 15 points off the bench, while Kristina King recorded a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Richmond nearly did not hit a three-pointer for the first time all season, but Rachael Bilney drained one with three seconds remaining as Richmond finished 1-for-15 from behind the arc. The Spiders fared much better at the free throw line, going a perfect 17-for-17.
The Owls got off to a hot start, forcing five Richmond turnovers in the first eight possessions. Six of Temple's early points came off turnovers as the Owls jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first five minutes. Temple held the Spiders without a field goal for over five minutes to start the game, and the Owls had their first double-digit lead at 13:21 after a three-pointer by Brown made it 15-4.