CINCINNATI (AP) -- On the verge of a notable win, Number seven
Georgia fell hard.
Amber Harris scored 19 points and Ta'Shia Phillips added 16, a balanced attack that helped Xavier pull away to a 65-55 victory over the previously unbeaten Lady Bulldogs.
Xavier (10-5) used its balance and grit to pull off a signature win yesterday. Georgia (13-1) was one victory away from matching the best start in school history, but found itself trailing most of the game against a young team still trying to find itself.
In their biggest game of the season, the Musketeers found they could rely on their two best players.
Harris, a sophomore forward who already holds the school record for blocked shots, had 11 points as Xavier took control in the first half. Phillips, a freshman center, provided the inside scoring down the stretch, preventing Georgia from making a run.
The Lady Bulldogs became the highest-ranked team to lose to Xavier since the Musketeers beat Number three Tennessee in a regional semifinal of the 2001 NCAA tournament. It was one of those losses that will stick with Georgia for a while.
Tasha Humphrey scored 24 points for Georgia, which shot only 33 percent from the field, had 17 turnovers and got outrebounded 36-26.
Simply put, Xavier was tougher.