Sunday, February 21, 2016
Gold Nuggets miss the mark, lose at Edward Waters
The Gold Nuggets (17-11, 5-5), who entered the game in a second-place tie in the conference with the Lady Tigers (19-7, 6-4), fell to fourth place, half a game behind Philander Smith. Xavier will close the regular season with GCAC road games against Tougaloo at 5:30 p.m. Monday and Dillard at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Whitney Gathright scored 14 points and Alesha Smith 10 for Xavier, which led 14-9 after the first quarter but made 4-of-28 field goals during the next two periods. Kyeshia Dawkins' basket in the 17th minute put Edward Waters ahead to stay, 19-17, and the Lady Tigers extended their lead to 53-30 on Kadajah Allen's 3-pointer with 4:47 remaining.
Dawkins scored 16 points and Allen 13 for Edward Waters — which scored its first victory in 14 all-time meetings with the Gold Nuggets — and Valerie Hill had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
For the game, Xavier shot 26.9 percent from the floor (18-of-67). It was the second consecutive game and the eighth time this season the Gold Nuggets shot less than 30 percent. Xavier missed its first 13 3-point attempts and finished 1-of-15. Edward Waters shot 42.3 percent from the floor.
Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director
XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA