Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Xavier Women Blow Layups and Miss the Final Four

The Xavier Men's basketball team are not the only talented bunch of basketball players residing in Norwood Ohio. The Xavier Women's team has quietly put together a successful season in their own right. While the men nearly stole the show with their double overtime thriller last Thursday against Kansas State in the Sweet 16, the XU women were looking to make some history of their own on Monday night.

The Lady Musketeers were the 3 seed entering the NCAA Tournament, and they earned their way to the Elite 8 where they took on the No. 1 seed Stanford Cardinals. This game would go down as nothing short of epic. Both teams battled back and forth for the chance to represent their institutions in the Final 4.

In the end, the game would come down to Xavier senior Dee Dee Jernigan missed not one, but two wide-open uncontested layups in the final 16 seconds of a tie game against top-seeded Stanford, either one of which would have put the Musketeers in position to advance to their first Final Four. Instead of Xavier's triumph Standford's Jeanette Pohlen took the ball coast to coast and put the Musketeer's dream to rest.


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