Nuggets beat No. 17 Loyola, make school-record 12 3s

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NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana made a school-record 12 3-pointers Tuesday and needed every one of them to earn a 67-64 women’s basketball victory against NAIA No. 17 Loyola at the Convocation Center.

Jas Hill scored 20 points and Essence Wells a season-high 16 for the Gold Nuggets (4-0), who defeated their city rival for the first time in five attempts. XULA leads the series 31-10.

Tay Cannon scored 18 points for the Wolf Pack (0-2), and Kaila Anthony had 11 points, 10 rebounds and five steals.
Maya Trench’s first 3-pointer of the season put XULA ahead to stay, 27-24, at 3:25 of the second quarter, and Wells scored five points in a 12-0 run that gave XULA a 39-26 halftime lead.

XULA’s previous high for 3s in a game was 11 at Mobile on Feb. 8, 2007.

The Gold Nuggets went unbeaten in a season-opening four-game home stand. Their first road game will start at 7 p.m. Saturday in San Antonio, Texas, against NAIA No. 15 Our Lady of the Lake.

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