Basketball teams earn big wins this weekend

West, Boothe score career highs and lead way to wins, while tennis, rifle also in action | February 10, 2003

They came, they tried, they lost. Two teams came into the Cintas Center this weekend with undefeated conference records, and they each went home with a loss. The University of Dayton was 16-3 overall and 8-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference at the tipoff of Saturday afternoon’s men’s basketball game against the Musketeers, but senior All-American David West proved why he’s going to be one of the top picks in this year’s National Basketball Association draft. The 6-foot-9 forward scored a career high 47 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead Xavier to an 85-77 win over the Flyers. For his efforts, West was named A-10 player of the week for the fourth consecutive week. The 47 points for West was the second-highest point output in Xavier history behind Steve Thomas, who scored 50 against the University of Detroit in 1964, and the second-most ever by a player in a regular season Atlantic 10 game. The effort also gave him 1,910 points for his career, moving him into third place on Xavier’s all-time scoring list behind Byron Larkin and Tyrone Hill. With the win, the No. 19 Musketeers are 17-4 on the season and 8-1 in the A-10. The team has the week off before hosting the University of Rhode Island on Saturday, Feb. 15, at noon at the Cintas Center. Not to be outdone, the women’s basketball team sent a previously undefeated George Washington University back home with its first conference loss of the season—only it took four overtimes to do it. Freshman Tara Boothe, who just earned her record-tying eighth A-10 rookie of the week award, led the team to the 94-92 win with 31 points and 19 rebounds, both of which were career highs. Reetta Piipari added 22 points and Amy Waugh finished with 20. All three players set a new Xavier record by playing all 60 minutes in the game. With the win, Xavier improves to 15-7 overall and 7-4 in the A-10. G.W. falls to 15-6 overall and 9-1 in league play. The Musketeer win coupled with the University of Dayton's 61-59 win over the University of Richmond leaves Xavier alone in second place behind George Washington in the A-10 West. Boothe also led the team on Friday night against Richmond, although her 16 points were not enough, as the Spiders beat the Musketeers, 61-56. The Musketeers take to the road this week for two games, playing at Temple University on Thursday, Feb. 13, and La Salle on Saturday, Feb. 15. Also this weekend, the men’s tennis team returned to the courts for the first time since the winter break only to find it hard to get back into the swing of things. The team dropped both of its matches on Saturday, losing to DePaul University, 5-2, in the afternoon match and getting blanked, 7-0, by Michigan State University in the evening match. The rifle team was also in action this weekend, participating in the NCAA qualifier at Ohio State University.