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Xavier Women Fall At Ohio, 94-88

Updated: Monday, November 11 2013, 11:04 AM EST
ATHENS, Ohio (WKRC) -- Senior Shatyra Hawkes (Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy) and sophomore Jenna Crittendon (Union, Ky./Ryle HS) had career-high performances as the Xavier women’s basketball team dropped the 2013-14 season opener to Ohio, 94-88, at the Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio.

Xavier (0-1) is now 26-15 all-time in season openers, including a 12-10 record in season openers on the road, With the loss, XU, 59-37 all-time in the month of November, now trails OU (1-0) in the all-time series 6-1.

“The good news is that we scored 88 points, but the bad news is that we gave up 94,” said head coach Brian Neal. “We know we have to become more focused and disciplined on the defensive end, but it looks like we can score points. Jenna (Crittendon) and Shatyra (Hawkes) we great today and Ashley (Wanninger) did her job, but we have to make 88 points stand up and not continue to surrender 90 points.”

Hawkes finished with a career-high 26 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and made a career-high 12 shots from the charity stripe in 32 minutes. The Baltimore, Md. native also added five rebounds and two assists on the afternoon. Crittendon recorded a career-best 25 points to go with nine rebounds, two assists and a steal. Crittendon also set career-highs in field goals (9) and trifectas (5) made. Senior Ashley Wanninger (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain HS), an All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention honoree, tallied 13 points in 33 minutes. In their first collegiate contests, freshmen Kayla Davis (Brampton, Ontario/St. Marguerite d'Youville) and Leah Schaefer (Alexandria, Ky./Highlands HS) chipped in with seven points and six points, respectively.

Kiyanna Black scored a career-high 35 points -- including eight three-pointers -- to lead the Bobcats.

Ohio scored the game’s first bucket off a layup from Kat Yelle at the 19:51 mark. The Blue and White responded with an 8-1 run, highlighted by five points from Wanninger, to take an 8-3 lead (17:45).

A layup from OU’s Quiera Lampkins gave the Bobcats a 17-16 lead, but the resilient Musketeers responded with a 12-4 run, capped by a pair of free-throws from Davis, to grab a 28-21 advantage at the 7:07 mark. Ohio fought back and tied the contest at 36-36 (1:41), but a quick 5-2 run gave XU a 41-38 advantage heading into the intermission.

The second half saw Ohio come out on fire. The Bobcats outscored XU 32-15 over the first 9:41 of the second period to grab a 70-56 lead. Xavier then used an 8-0 run, highlighted by four points from Wanninger, to cut the OU lead down to six points (70-64).

The Bobcats employed an 11-4 run over a span of just over two minutes to push their lead to 81-68 with just under seven minutes left to play. Over the next six minutes of game time, the Blue and White outscored Ohio 19-10, thanks to a trio of triples from Crittendon, and were able to cut the OU lead down to just four points (91-87) with 42 seconds left in the action. Ohio would go on to score three of the final four points of the game and picked up the 94-88 win in their home opener.

As a team, Ohio shot 47.6 percent (30-of-63) from the field, including 18-of-36 (50 percent) in the second half, compared to a 45.9 percent (28-of-61) mark for Xavier. The Bobcats outscored XU, 32-30, in the paint and also won the rebound (41-34) and bench scoring (41-15) battles.

The Musketeers will now head north to Ann Arbor, Mich. to battle the Wolverines of the University of Michigan on Nov. 13 (7 p.m.). The Wolverines (1-1), who finished 22-11 (9-7 Big Ten) last season, tying the program record for wins and reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament (No. 8 seed) for just the third time in program history, are coming off a thrilling 73-71 victory over Arizona in the second game of the Iona Tournament. Forward Cyesha Goree hit a turnaround jumper as time expired to send the game to overtime, where Wolverines went on to pull out the win.

Information and photo courtesy Xavier University AthleticsXavier Women Fall At Ohio, 94-88

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