Basketball, baseball and tennis create full slate of sports events this weekend | February 14, 2003
The womens basketball team didnt score a field goal for the final 7:52 of its game Thursday night against Temple University, but made 23 of its 29 free throws to hold on for a 64-56 win. The team made 17 of 21 free throws in the second half.
Senior guard Reetta Piipari led the way with 17 points, while freshman Tara Boothe finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. Amy Waugh added 14 points, and freshman Kristy Wallner equaled her career high with 11 rebounds for the second straight game.
Xavier moves to 16-7 overall and 8-4 in the Atlantic 10. Temple, the defending A-10 champ, falls to 8-14 and 4-7 in league play. The Musketeers stay in Philadelphia and play at La Salle on Saturday at 1 p.m. As with all the teams games, the game can be heard live over the Internet on the teams web site.
While the basketball team was playing, the womens tennis team was opening its Atlantic 10 Conference schedule with a 7-0 win over the Fordham Rams at the Mercy Fairfield Tennis Courts. The team is now 6-1 overall and 1-0 in the A-10 and returns to the court Friday, Feb. 14, to take on A-10 rival Duquesne at 1 p.m.
The mens tennis team also returns to the courts this weekend, traveling to Indianapolis to take on Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. The team is 3-2 this season in dual match play.
The boys of summer are also in action this weekend, despite the still wintery weather. The baseball team plays ball for the first time this season with doubleheaders on Saturday, Feb. 15, and Sunday, Feb. 16, against East Tennessee State University. And, for the second straight year, the baseball teams games can be tracked through live updates on the Internet. "Round the horn" game notes for each game will also be posted on the teams web site.
And, finally, the No. 16 mens basketball team plays again after a week off, hosting the University of Rhode Island on Saturday, Feb. 15, at noon. Leading the way is senior All-American David West, who swept the nations major weekly awards this week after scoring 47 points and grabbing 18 rebounds in the teams win over the University of Dayton last Saturday. ESPNs Chris Fowler called it "the best game by anyone in a major conference this season." He will also be honored on ABC during its game of the week this weekend as the PaineWebber "Student-Athlete of the Week." The award is based on athletics, academics and community service. West has already completed his undergraduate degree in communications and is working on his masters degree.
The team will need his help against the Rams, who are 15-6 overall and 7-3 in the A-10. Xavier has won eight straight games, though, and leads the series against Rhode Island 8-2, including seven straight wins over the Rams.