Senior helps team edge St. Joseph's in OT, leads flood of individual awards on men's, women's teams | March 6, 2003
National Player of the Year candidate David West will be a guest on Fox Sports Net's "The Best Damn Sports Show Period" today, Thursday, March 6. The show airs from 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. It is rebroadcast from 11:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. and again on Friday morning from 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
West will discuss the 11th-ranked Musketeers and the upcoming Atlantic 10 men's basketball championship. West, who is the only player in Atlantic 10 history to score 2,000 career points and haul down 1,000 career rebounds, helped the men's basketball team survive another nail-biter on Wednesday, edging St. Joseph's University, 88-80, in overtime. In the last four games, the team's needed overtime twice and last-second tip-ins twice to pick up the wins.
On Wednesday, the Musketeers were down by four points, 71-67, with less than 30 seconds left, but scored twice on baskets by West and Lionel Chalmers, while keeping St. Joseph's from scoring on its end.
West took control in the overtime, though, scoring 10 of the University's final 14 points, including four of six free throws in the final 35 seconds. Dedrick Finn also hit four of four free throws to help secure the win. He finished with 18 points, and West finished with 25 points as five Xavier players finished in double figures. Anthony Myles tied his career high with 17 points, while Chalmers had 13 points and Romain Sato 10 points.
The men's team closes the regular season on Saturday, March 8, at the Cintas Center at noon against Temple University in a game that will be nationally televised on ESPN. A pregame ceremony will honor West, the senior All-American who earlier this week earned his record 13th A-10 player of the week award. It was his sixth of the season. A Xavier player has won the player of the week honor the last seven weeks, with West winning five and Sato winning two.
The team is 23-4 overall and 14-1 in the league. It secured the No. 1 overall seed for the A-10 Tournament, which begins March 10 at the University of Dayton.
Also, on Wednesday,
four members of the women's basketball team were honored by the A-10.
Freshman Tara Boothe was named Atlantic 10 rookie of the year, named to the All-Rookie Team and to the All-Conference third team. Boothe is sixth in the A-10 in both scoring with 16 points per game and rebounding with 8.1 rebounds per game. She won the Atlantic 10 rookie of the week award a record 11 times this season, including the last nine weeks in a row. She is the second Xavier player to ever win rookie of the year in the Atlantic 10, following Amy Waugh who won the honor in 1999-00.
Waugh was named to the All-Conference first team and to the All-Academic Team. Waughs first team selection comes after she was named to the A-10 second team as a junior. She leads the Atlantic 10 with 18.7 points per game and leads the nation in three-point shooting with 3.5 per contest. She also checks in at fourth in the nation with a .906 free throw percentage. She also holds a 3.13 grade point average as an education major, and is spending this semester student-teaching first graders.
Reetta Piipari was also named to the All-Conference first team. This is Piiparis third All-Conference selection. In addition to her first team honors this year, she was a third team honoree as a junior and was named to the second team as a sophomore. This season Piipari is averaging 14.1 points and 5.2 assists per game, and she leads the A-10 with a 2.10 assist/turnover ratio.
And freshman Kristy Wallner was named to the All-Rookie Team. Wallner has started every game for Xavier this season and is averaging 4.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Her rebounding average ranks 17th in the A-10. In the month of February, Wallner averaged 8.0 rebounds per game.
Xavier's women's team finished the regular season with a 19-8 record overall and an 11-5 mark in the Atlantic 10, which was good for second in the A-10 West. The Musketeers have a first round bye in the A-10 Tournament, and will open the postseason at 6:00 p.m. Friday, March 7, in the quarterfinals against either La Salle University or the University of Massachusetts at the University of Rhode Islands Ryan Center.
Also picking up honors this season is the rifle team. Team members Hannah Kerr and Thrine Kane were named to the All-Great American Rifle Conference. The duo was also named to the Combined Score First Team, Smallbore First Team and Air Rifle First Team. Kane was named Most Outstanding Senior and Scholar Athlete. Rifle coach Alan Joseph was one of the coaches to earn the conference's Coach of the Year award.
Xavier hosted the 2003 Great American Rifle Conference Championship at Walsh Range, where its team placed third with a score of 6167. Jacksonville State won the GARC Championship with a combined score of 6175. The Xavier rifle team competes in the NCAA Championship on March 13-15 at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.
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