Xavier,NO 84, Claflin 50
JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) _ Ninth-seeded Xavier of New Orleans placed four players in double figures to rout unseeded Claflin College 84-50 Wednesday in first round play at the women’s NAIA tournament.
Xavier (28-5) advances to a Friday morning second-round matchup with Central State of Ohio, an 82-63 winner over Daemen College earlier Wednesday. Claflin (SC) finishes the season at 21-9.
The Gold Nuggets came out hot, shooting 51 percent from the field in the first half. They led all the way en route to a 49-22 halftime lead.
Claflin’s Lakeisha Gillard hit a 3-pointer with 14:38 remaining in the game that left Claflin trailing 58-29. Xavier then turned up the defense, forcing 25 turnovers and holding Claflin to only 29 percent shooting from the field in the second half.
Xavier’s Cassee Davis led all scorers with 25 points, while Antasha Jones added 17. Lakeisha Gillard led Claflin with 10 points.