Basketball teams win during weekend
After further review, men's team wins wild one; women's team wins and prepares for A-10 Tournament | March 2, 2003
David West wrote his name in the Universitys history books twice on Saturday during the No. 13-ranked men's basketball team's game against George Washington University, but it was the senior All-American's final basket that was one for the books. West tipped in a missed shot as the final buzzer sounded to give the Musketeers a 71-70 win but only after the shot was reviewed on video several times by the officials. The officials initially said the shot was too late, but they examined the replay at the scorer's table where they determined that the shot was in the air with the clock expired and, thus, the basket was good.
The win moves the Musketeers to 22-4 on the year and 13-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. It was the second time in the last two games that the team needed a last-second shot to get the win. The win, though, extended XU's winning streak to 13 games, the third-longest active streak in the nation and the second-longest in school history.
West led Xavier with 23 points and reached two scoring milestones in the process. With an inside basket from the right side with 11:50 left in the first half, West became just the third player in Xavier history to reach 2,000 career points. Then, with 4:26 left in the first half, West hit a foul shot, giving him 2,004 points for his career, moving him past Tyrone Hill and into second place on the school's all-time scoring list.
"Two-thousand points, that's a tremendous feat," Xavier head coach Thad Matta said. "The most astonishing thing in my mind about the 2,000 points is that he is the most unselfish player I've ever seen."
West now has 2,017 career points and 1,242 career rebounds. He is the first player in Division I to have 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds since Raef LaFrentz of the University of Kansas in 1998.
Romain Sato added 20 points and Lionel Chalmers finished with 15. Xaviers next game will be on Wednesday, March 5, at 8:00 p.m. in Philadelphia against St. Joseph University.
The seniors on the women's basketball team also proved to be the stars during their game on Sunday. The graduating backcourt duo of Reetta Piipari and Amy Waugh combined for 47 points, as the team downed the University of Dayton, 72-64, in front of 3,434 fans at the Cintas Center. Waugh scored a career-high 34 points on 12-for-14 shooting and an 8-for-10 performance from three-point range, while Piipari recorded her ninth career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Tara Boothe added 16 points and grabbed six rebounds for Xavier. Boothe also won her record 11th Atlantic 10 rookie of the week award on Sunday.
Xavier ends the regular season with a 19-8 record overall and an 11-5 mark in the Atlantic 10. The Musketeers finished second in the Atlantic 10 west division and will have a first round bye for the A-10 Tournament. The team's first game will be on Friday, March 7, at 6:00 p.m. in the quarterfinals against the winner of the game between La Salle University and the University of Massachusetts on Thursday, March 6.
The Musketeers have advanced to the A-10 semifinals in each of the last five seasons and have played in the title game three times in the last four years.
The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will be played at the University of Rhode Island's Ryan Center. The Championship Game will be held at the site of the highest remaining seed.