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Lions Fall in Championship Game

Nov. 18, 2006

Box Score

CINCINNATI, Ohio - Xavier pulled away in the second half to down the LMU women's basketball team, 75-65, in the championship game of National City Xavier Invitational. The game was tied nine times, and there were 10 lead changes, but a 10-2 run by the Muskateers midway through the second half was the difference. Amanda Patton led LMU with 22 points, including four three-pointers. The Lions will return to Gersten Pavilion for their home opener on Tuesday afternoon to host Long Beach State at 4:00pm.

With the win, Xavier improves to 3-0 on the season, while LMU drops to 1-2.

The game was close in the first half, despite LMU's poor shooting from the field early in the game. However, strong rebounding and defense kept the game tight. The score was tied five times and the lead changed eight times in the first half. Jennifer Hall was strong inside, and Patton secured five rebounds in the first half. She also heated up from outside, hitting two three-pointers in the opening minutes of the game. Amber Harris was the only Xavier player to score in the final 7:34 of the first half, scoring 10 points to help the Muskateers to a 30-27 halftime lead.

Cassady Moore led LMU with seven first half points, while Patton and Hall added six points each. Michele Miller and Harris had 10 points in the first half for Xavier. LMU shot 28.6% from the field in the opening half, while Xavier made 44.8% of its shots. However, the Lions took six more shots, and had seven offensive rebounds, including three by Valerie Ogoke.

A three-pointer by Patton to open the half tied the game again, and LMU scored four points to take the lead back. Harris was still hot inside for Xavier, scoring the Muskateers' first five points of the half. A basket by Miranda Green gave XU the lead 37-36, and Harris added another eight points to extend the lead. However, the Lions chipped at the lead and tied the game, 46-46 on a pair of free throws by Hall at 12:24. XU would answer the tie with a basket and pull ahead to a six point lead. Back to back baskets, including a three-pointer by Harris gave Xavier a lead that LMU would not come back from. LMU foul trouble put XU at the line in the final minutes of the game, as 13 of XU's final 15 were scored from the charity stripe. Patton scored LMU's final nine points of the game, but it was not enough.

Harris finished with a game-high 29 points, going 12-for-18 from the field. Patton led the Lions in scoring and rebounding with 22 points and eight boards. Hall added 12 points, and Ashlee Dunlap added 10 points- all in the second half.

LMU shot 41.4% from the field in the second half, but Xavier shot 54.5% and outrebounded LMU 19-12 in the final 20 minutes of the game.

Harris was named the MVP of the tournament, while Amanda DeCoud earned a spot on the All-Tournament team. She finished today's game with seven points and four assists. She also added a steal in 38 minutes of action.

LMU will return to the friendly confines of Gersten Pavilion on Tuesday afternoon for its home opener. The Lions will host local foe Long Beach State at 4:00pm. Next weekend, the Lions host their annual Thanksgiving Tournament. LMU will welcome Texas A&M, West Virginia and American University to the LMU/Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Classic. Game times are Friday at 3:00pm and 5:00pm, and Saturday at 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Gametracker will be available for all tournament games, and all LMU games will be broadcast live and free on Lions All-Access.