Basketball, rifle, swimming in action this weekend

Men's hoops at Fordham, sports clinic offered after women's basketball game on Sunday | January 23, 2003

Expect to see a lot of scouts at the women’s basketball game on Sunday, Jan. 26—Girls Scouts, that is. In recognition of national girls and women in sports day, troop members from around the region who wear their Girl Scout vest or sash receive free admission to the Atlantic 10 Conference game between the Musketeers and Rhode Island. The game tips off at 2:00 p.m. in the Cintas Center. Parents and siblings of Girl Scouts can receive a special admission rate of $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 12 years and under by calling for reservations by Friday, Jan. 24, at 513 745-3411. After the women’s game, a sports clinic is being offered at 4:00 p.m. in the main arena and the adjoining practice gym. Athletes from the University’s various women’s sports teams are hosting stations at the clinic and demonstrating various skills from their sport. The clinic is open to the public. Another highlight on Sunday is the American Cancer Society kiosk. Patrons are invited to stop by the kiosk and make a phone call to a loved one reminding her to get a mammogram in honor of the national breast cancer awareness campaign. Anyone making a call is automatically entered into a raffle for four VIP tickets the next woman’s home game on Sunday, Feb. 9 against the University of Richmond Spiders. The winner’s name will be drawn at halftime. For more information about any of the above events, call Lori Beckman at 513 745-3388. The Lady Musketeers are 11-5 overall this season and 3-2 in the A-10. They're a perfect 7-0 at home this season, though, and are putting that streak on the line twice this weekend—Friday, Jan. 24, against the University of Massachusetts and Sunday, Jan. 26, against Rhode Island. UMass is also 11-5 and 3-2 this season. The game will pit the A-10's co-players of the week with Xavier's senior guard Amy Waugh and UMass's 6-foot-3 senior center Jennifer Butler. Butler will go up against freshman Tara Boothe, who is the reigning A-10 rookie of the week for the third consecutive week. Rhode Island is 10-6 overall and 2-3 in the A-10 and plays against the University of Dayton on Friday. The men's basketball team travels to New York City this weekend to take on the Fordham Rams. Fordham is struggling this season, winning just two of its 16 games thusfar. Xavier has won the last nine meetings between the two teams. The men's team also includes the reigning A-10 player of the week, David West, and the rookie of the week, Dedrick Finn. West, who has now won the award nine times in his career and twice this season, averaged 19.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 blocks in the team's wins over La Salle and UMass. He also broke the University's career blocked shot record and moved into fifth place on the all-time scoring list. Finn is the first Xavier player to win the A-10 rookie award since Romain Sato won it in December 2000. Ironically, that was the same week West won one of his player of the week honors, marking the last time Xavier swept the weekly awards. Finn averaged 13.0 points in two games, while shooting 70 percent from the field, including 71.4 percent from three-point range. His 21-point game last Saturday at UMass was a career high. The swim teams are in the water twice this weekend, swimming against Ohio Wesleyan Friday, Jan. 24, and against Toledo on Saturday, Jan. 25. Both meets are at the O'Connor Sports Center. The rifle team is also in action this weekend, shooting against West Virginia in Morganstown, Va.