Monday, January 2, 2017

Gold Nuggets roll past DCC for 5th win in last 6 games

DALLAS, Texas — Xavier University of Louisiana outscored Dallas Christian in every quarter and rolled to a 78-42 women's basketball victory Saturday.

Freshman guard Jalyn Hodge, who lives in the Dallas suburb of Plano, Texas, led the Gold Nuggets (8-6) with 11 points. She reached double figures for the first time since XULA's opener.

XULA has won five of its last six games.

Angelle Simon scored a career-high-tying nine points for XULA. Mikayla Bates, Bianca Brown, Kelsee Singleton and Maya Trench scored eight points apiece.

Breana Stoner scored 10 points for the Lady Crusaders (4-9).

XULA produced its largest winning margin on an opponent's floor since an 84-34 victory at Barber-Scotia on Nov. 29, 2002. XULA outscored DCC 39-21 in both halves and produced its largest-ever third-quarter scoring margin, 19-6.

"We had been off 15 days, and I thought we played pretty well at times," XULA coach Bo Browder said. "We're still a work in progress. I was pleased with our post play, and we'll be looking for that same kind of production in the second half of the season."

The Gold Nuggets will stay in Dallas and visit Paul Quinn at 2 p.m. Monday. The Nuggets' next home game will start at 3 p.m. Saturday against Tougaloo in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference opener at the Convocation Center.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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