Spring break brings no break for basketball teams
David West on brink of scoring 2,000th point, while women honor Waugh, Piipari during last home game
Senior All-American David West sits just six points away from 2,000 points for his career and is expected to reach that plateau on Saturday, March 1, when the No. 14 mens basketball team
hosts George Washington University at 2:00 p.m. at the Cintas Center. Only two other players in University history have scored 2,000 career pointsTyrone Hill with 2,003 and Byron Larkin with 2,696. West could also surpass Hill for second place on the all-time scoring list, and he could join a select national group of players with 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. West already has more than 1,000 rebounds in his four seasons at the University. Only one other player in the last five years has reached that plateau, All-American Raef LaFrentz from the University of Kansas. Hill is the only Xavier player ever to reach that mark, finishing with a school-record 1,380 rebounds to go with his 2,003 points.
The Musketeers are coming off an overtime scare against Duquesne University on Wednesday, Feb. 26, in which they prevailed, 80-78, after a last-second tip-in. George Washington is 10-15 overall this season and 4-10 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Xavier beat G.W. 80-68 on Feb. 4. Five Xavier players scored in double figures in that game.
The womens basketball team
wraps up its season on Sunday, March 2, at 2:00 p.m. against the University of Dayton at the Cintas Center. The game plays a key role in the teams seeding for the A-10 Tournament, which begins on Thursday, March 6, at the University of Rhode Island. The Musketeers have a 10-5 conference record and can secure a second seed in the tournamentand a first-round byewith a win. A loss, coupled with the University of Richmond beating George Washington University, would drop Xavier to the third seed. George Washington is 13-1 in the conference this year, with its only loss being against Xavier.
The challenge will be to beat Dayton, which is 14-12 overall and 7-8 in the conference. The Flyers, however, drubbed the Musketeers, 82-65, earlier this year in Dayton when they tied a school record with 12 three-pointers on 20 attempts and shot 67 percent from the field in the second half.
Xavier enters the game ranked No. 41 in the Top 50 from womenscollegehoops.com, No. 37 in the WBCA/Summerville RPI Report and No. 38 on collegerpi.com.
Following the game, seniors Reetta Piipari and Amy Waugh will be honored with a special ceremony that includes a video tribute to both players. They will also be presented with momentos of their career. In their four years, Piipari and Waugh have combined to score 2,754 points and dish out 1,142 assists. In addition, they have hit 480 threes on 40.1 percent shooting from behind the arc.