KU-Xavier women's box ( .PDF )
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands Xavier took advantage of a nearly two-for-one foul disparity to pull away from a halftime tie and upend Kansas University, 64-59, in women’s basketball on Friday at the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.
Xavier (3-3) was called for just 12 fouls, while KU (4-2) was whistled 23 times. Xavier outscored Kansas by 16 from the free-throw line, 20-4.
CeCe Harper led Kansas with 15 points, while Chelsea Gardner had 12 and Natalie Knight 10. Markisha Hawkins had eight points before fouling out.
Shatyra Hawkes led Xavier with 17. Jenna Crittendon added 15 and Ashley Wanninger 13.
Xavier also outrebounded Kansas, 36-29, and had a 12-5 edge in second-chance points.
The teams were tied at 26 at the break, and Kansas led by a high of 10 with 13:19 to play, but Xavier managed a 16-point swing over the next nine minutes to wrest control.
With three Kansas starters on the bench with three fouls, the Jayhawk bench held its own, keeping the lead at five, 49-44, until the trio of starters checked back in after the under-eight media timeout.
Xavier used an 11-0 run to take a five-point lead with five minutes left, but the Jayhawks answered to tie the game at 56. After a pair of Xavier free throws, Harper delivered a three-point play with 1:04 left to give the Jayhawks a one-point lead, 59-58.
Xavier put in a layup with 33 seconds remaining to give the Musketeers a one-point advantage. After a missed shot from Hawkins, the Jayhawks fouled to stop the clock and put Xavier on the free-throw line. The Musketeers sank both attempts from the line to extend the lead to three, and a three-pointer from Knight fell short as Kansas suffered its second loss of the season.
KU will face Duke at 2:30 p.m. today in the final round of the tournament.