Women’s Basketball: XULA closes regular season with 103-47 home victory

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NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana women’s basketball, led by Nina German’s career-best 21 points, closed the regular season Sunday with a 103-47 thumping of Carver.

It’s the first time that the XULA women have won by 50-or-more points in consecutive games. They beat Carver 89-39 Saturday, also at home.

German was 7-of-11 from the floor, 3-of-5 on 3-pointers and 4-of-4 from the line in slightly less than 22 minutes. The junior guard from Jackson, Miss., also had five rebounds, four assists, four steals and zero turnovers.

Next for XULA (9-6) will be an opening-round game Feb. 24 in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament. Opponent and venue have yet to be determined.

Jelisa Smith’s 3-pointer with 1:44 remaining made it 101-42. It’s the sixth time during Bo Browder’s 22 seasons as head coach that XULA reached 100 points and the first time since Jan. 7, 2019.

Paris Jack made two free throws with 1:11 remaining to give XULA its largest lead, 103-43.

Smith and Nia Bishop also made three 3-pointers to help XULA finish with a season-high 10.

Bishop produced 15 points, eight assists, three steals and zero turnovers, and Victory Udechi had 10 points, 12 rebounds — her second double-double of the season and second straight game with double-figure rebounds — and three steals. Abryhia Irons, Da’Jha Virgil, Jaleah LaFargue and Smith scored nine points apiece, and O.C. Mbakop Ngassam had eight points, nine rebounds and three blocks.

LaFargue overcame first-half foul trouble to finish with four assists and four steals. LaFargue and Irons grabbed six rebounds apiece.

XULA outshot Carver 44.9 to 25.5 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Lady Cougars 60-40. XULA committed 13 turnovers and gained 31. The winning margin was XULA’s largest ever at the Convocation Center, which is in its ninth season, and its largest overall since a 99-43 victory against Concordia (Ala.) on Nov. 23, 2009, at XULA’s previous home, The Barn.

Deshae Holiday had 14 points, five rebounds and five assists for Carver (1-6), and Amani Fitzpatrick had 11 points, 15 rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

XULA led 31-9 through one quarter, 52-23 at halftime and 77-37 through three quarters.

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