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No. 19 W. Kentucky 91, Xavier 60

December 30, 1997

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) _ Laurie Townsend scored five of her 18 points as No. 19 Western Kentucky jumped out to an 8-0 lead and pulled away to a 91-60 victory over Xavier on Monday night.

Western (10-3) led by as many as 33 points late in the second half, 87-54. Xavier (5-4) could never get any closer than eight after the opening spurt.

The Lady Toppers used full-court pressure to pull out to a 46-25 halftime lead. Xavier ended up in foul trouble, with Nikki Kremer picking up her fourth 10 seconds into the second half. Connie Hamberg and Nicole Levandusky fouled out midway through the last half.

Shea Lunsford scored 20 points for Western and Katashia Witcher added 12. Xavier held Leslie Johnson, who averages 19.2, to 11, and Danielle McCulley to eight, less than half her average of 17.3.

Taru Tuukkanen and Amy Hughes led Xavier with 15 each and Kim Holtz had 10.