Romain Sato, Tara Boothe earn awards for stellar performances in weekend wins | February 17, 2003
Romain Sato nailed a school record nine three-pointers on Saturday Feb. 15, to lead the No. 16 Musketeers to a 93-70 win over the University of Rhode Island. The baskets helped Sato match a career high 34 points and earned him the Atlantic 10 Conference player of the week award.
Sato wasnt alone in rewriting the record books over the weekend, though, as freshman Tara Boothe was named the A-10 rookie of the week for the ninth time this season, establishing a new league record. The previous mark was eight set by Susan Moran of St. Josephs in 1998-99. Boothe earned the award by helping the womens team to a 65-51 win over La Salle University on Saturday, a 64-56 win against Temple University on Thursday, and playing all 60 minutes on a quadruple-overtime win against George Washington University last Saturday. This season, Boothe is averaging 15.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.
Also over the weekend, the womens tennis team earned its seventh win of the season, shutting out Duquense University 7-0. The team is now 2-0 in the A-10 and 7-1 on the season.
The mens tennis team had its match against Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis postponed over the weekend.
The baseball team also had two of its four games against East Tennessee State University rained out. It came up short in the other two games, though, losing 6-5 in 11 innings in the season opener, and then dropping the second game of the doubleheader 8-3.
The story of the weekend, though, was the play of the basketball teams. Sato's 9-for-16 effort from behind the arc bested the record of eight he set against Rhode Island two seasons ago on the road. His nine three-point baskets also ties an A-10 single-game record.
Senior forward David West, who is coming off a 47 point and 18 rebound performance against Dayton on Feb. 8, added 26 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, recording his 63rd double-double. West is just four shy of the school record of 67 set by Tyrone Hill. Freshman guard Dedrick Finn set a career high in assists, dishing out 11 and picking up just one turnover in 37 minutes of play.
The Musketeers win is their ninth in a row, moving them to 18-4 on the year, 9-1 in Atlantic 10 play. The Rams snapped a three game winning streak, falling to 15-7, 7-3 in the A-10. Xavier is now 38-3 at home in the Cintas Center with a .927 winning percentage that leads the nation for primary home courts. The team heads to Philadelphia on Wednesday, Feb. 19, to play La Salle University at 7:00 p.m.
The womens team returns to action on Friday, Feb. 21, at 7:00 p.m. when it hosts St. Bonaventure at the Cintas Center. Xavier is 17-7 this year with three regular season contests remaining. The Musketeers are 9-4 in the Atlantic 10, which places them second in the A-10 West. The top two teams in each division receive byes for the first round of the conference tournament.