Feb. 23, 2013
WHAT'S ON TAP
(*denotes A-10 Conference game)
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24
*Charlotte at La Salle | 1:00PM
*Duquesne at Massachusetts | 2:00PM
*Saint Joseph's at Fordham | 2:00PM
*St. Bonaventure at George Washington | 2:00PM | CBS Sports Network
*Temple at Dayton | 2:00PM
*Saint Louis at Rhode Island | 5:00PM
- Chatilla van Grinsven of Saint Joseph's and La Salle's Shanel Harrison have been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Co-Players of the Week, the league office announced on Monday. Fordham's Samantha Clark was also honored as the A-10's Rookie of the Week. The three student-athletes were recognized for games played during the week of Feb. 11-17.
- For the 14th consecutive week Dayton is ranked in both the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll. Dayton also remains one of five teams with just one loss in NCAA Division I Women's Basketball. The others are: Baylor, Connecticut, Duke and Notre Dame. Dayton (21-1, 9-0 A-10) is No. 14 in the AP Top 25.
- The A-10 ranks ninth in the latest RPI Report released on Monday, Feb. 18. The Flyers continue to pace the league, coming in 17th among the nation's top teams, while four additional teams are ranked among the top 100 - Duquesne (35), Saint Joseph's (40), Charlotte (51) and Fordham (78).
- George Washington (11-14, 5-6) plays host to St. Bonaventure (9-17, 2-9) in a game televised on CBS Sports Network. The Colonials are coming off a 12-point loss to Charlotte last weekend, while the Bonnies are fresh off a narrow defeat to Dayton.
- Saint Joseph’s enters Sunday’s matchup with Fordham holding a 33-3 edge in the all-time series and have won 13 straight dating back to the 2004-05 season.
- Reigning A-10 Co-Player of the Week and Big 5 Player of the Week, redshirt senior Chatilla van Grinsven, is coming off her 12th double-double of the season, tallying 16 points and 15 rebounds against La Salle. .
- Temple currently ranks second among all teams in NCAA Division I in three-point field goal defense at 23.8 percent.
- Macaulay has blocked at least five shots in four of the last six games, and ranks 10th in the nation with 2.88 blocks per game.
- Charlotte (21-4, 10-1) enters Sunday's matchup against La Salle (8-18, 4-7)riding a 10-game winning streak highlighted by victories against Conference foes Duquesne at Saint Joseph's
- Duquesne's Jocelyn Floyd currently leads the NCAA in steals and steals per game and needs just one more to become the program's all-time leader to surpass Korie Hlede (1995-98).
- With their 67-63 win over St. Bonaventure on Feb. 21, Dayton has secured one of the top four seeds and a first round bye) for the A-10 Championship.
- No. 14/14 Dayton is 1 of 4 teams with just one loss in NCAA Division I Women's Basketball. The others are: No. 1 Baylor, No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 5 Duke.
SATURDAY (2/23) RESULTS
XAVIER 65, VCU 54
RICHMOND, Va. – The Xavier University women’s basketball used a late 8-0 run to surge past VCU, 65-54, Saturday afternoon and capture its fourth consecutive victory. With the win, Xavier improves to 11-15 on the season and 5-7 in the Atlantic 10.
Leading the way for the Musketeers was Shatyra Hawkes with 15 points and 8 rebounds on 3-of-5 shooting while also going 8-of-8 from the free throw line. Joining Hawkes in double-figures were Amber Gray and Jessica Pachko, who both turned in 14 points for Xavier.
In the first-ever matchup between the two teams, Xavier overcame a nine point deficit in the first half to defeat VCU (10-17, 3-9). Xavier's last field goal was a layup from Gray with just over three minutes to go. The Musketeers went on to make 12 of their last 13 free throw shots, including eight-straight points in the last 49 seconds, to stretch their lead to the final margin of 11, 65-54.
VCU’s Robyn Parks had another double-double for the Rams as she posted 21 points and 11 rebounds on 9-of-18 shooting. Jessica Pellechio also scored in double-figures for VCU with 11 points.
RICHMOND 68, BUTLER 44
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Richmond women’s basketball team shot 60 percent from the floor in the first half and never looked back as it defeated Butler, 68-44, Saturday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
With the victory, Richmond improved to 15-13 overall and 5-7 in the A-10 while Butler fell to 16-11 overall and 7-5 in the conference. The win was Richmond's third-straight and first in conference play away from the Robins Center. The pivotal win moved Richmond into eight-place in the conference standings.
The Spiders snapped Butler's two-game win-streak and served them their first loss at home since Jan. 12. Butler had previously won four-straight conference games at Hinkle.
After the initial back-and-forth game between the two teams, Richmond used a dominating spurt to pull away midway through the first half. With the score was all tied at 16-16, the Spiders went on 27-5 run to close the half and head into the break with a 43-21 lead.
The Spiders were led by Rachael Bilney, Kristina King and Becca Wan who each scored 13 points apiece for Richmond.
Leading the way for Butler was Liz Stratman with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting and Daress McClung with 12 points on 4-of-15 shooting.