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.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.