Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Records for Hopkins, Gathright in XU's road victory
TOUGALOO, Mississippi — Senior guards Trana Hopkins and Whitney Gathright combined for 58 points and five Xavier University of Louisiana women's basketball records Monday in a 78-68 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference victory against Tougaloo.
Hopkins scored a career-high 34 points and made seven 3-pointers to tie an XU game record. Gathright scored 24 points and set XU game records with 17 free-throws attempted and 15 made. Gathright raised her career total of made free throws to 429, an XU record, and her 150 made free throws in 2015-16 are an XU season record.
After a halftime tie at 28, Hopkins took control for the Gold Nuggets (18-11). She scored 18 points, including 4-of-4 3-pointers, in the third quarter. She scored eight points in the second minute of that period.
In addition to Gathright's three records, she raised her career point total to 1,324. She is the ninth Gold Nugget to reach 1,300.
Xavier's explosion occurred two days after a season-low-tying point total in a 60-47 loss at Edward Waters. The Gold Nuggets regained a tie for second place in the GCAC after Edward Waters lost 58-52 at home to SUNO. Xavier, Philander Smith and Edward Waters are 6-5 in conference. On Saturday, the final day of the regular season, Xavier will visit Dillard, Philander Smith will visit Tougaloo, and Edward Waters will play host to GCAC champion Talladega.
Hopkins produced the most points by a Gold Nugget since Cassee Davis scored 35 at Belhaven on Feb. 26, 1998. Gathright scored 33 in a 91-86 overtime victory Nov. 14 against the NAIA's current No. 1 team, Our Lady of the Lake.
Ahsia Clayton scored 16 points for Tougaloo (1-18, 0-11).
Xavier and Dillard will tip off Bat 3 p.m. Saturday at Dillard's Dent Hall. The Lady Bleu Devils won 57-52 at Xavier Feb. 6.
Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director
XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA