The Xavier Musketeers women’s basketball team is ranked 6th in the NCAA Division 1 standings posted February 28.
They will be entering tournament play with an overall record of 25-2 and an A-10 conference record of 14-0. They recently celebrated their 10th back-to-back undefeated conference season record and will start the A-10 Tournament title March 5th with a game against the winner between Saint Joseph’s and La Salle.
Musketeer Season So Far
This season has been very triumphant for the Musketeers. They recently won their third-straight Atlantic 10 regular season title over a win against Temple.
They became the first team to ever post consecutive undefeated conference seasons in league history.
Since they captured the regular season title, this gave the Musketeers the A-10 top seed and first-round bye. Xavier leads the A-10 with leading marks in scoring, field goal percentage, blocked shots, assists, assist/turnover ratio, defensive rebounds, and attendance. Head Coach Kevin McGuff and top performers Amber Harris and Ta’Shia Phillips lead Xavier.
Head Coach Kevin McGuff is the most winningest coach in Xavier history after completing his eighth season. In the past four years he has led the team to a 30-4 conference record, second-straight A-10 Regular Season Championship and third A-10 Tournament title. He has also led them to the Elite Eight for the second time in school history during the 2009-2010 season.
On the court, seniors Amber Harris and Ta’Shia Phillips lead Xavier. Harris was named the Atlantic-10 Women’s Basketball Player of the Year for the second-straight year. She is also the team’s leading scorer with 18.9 points per game and second-leading rebounder with 10.1 rebounds per game.
Harris has been named Player of the Week five times this season and has accomplished the task of surpassing her 2,000-career points mark. She makes the 11th player in A-10 history to reach this prestigious milestone. Phillips has also had an accomplished this year and most notable for receiving the Defensive Player of the Year award, for the second year in a row.
This marks her fourth-straight individual award. In previous seasons she was named Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year. She is the league’s leading rebounder with 12.4 rebounds per game and averages a double-double with 15.4 points per game.
About The School
Xavier University is located in Cincinnati, Ohio and comes from a Jesuit Catholic foundation. There are over 80 undergraduate majors and 45 minors. There is a small classroom feel with a student to teacher ratio of 12:1.
In addition to this there are graduate studies programs and adult, part-time weekend degree programs. According to U.S. News & World Report Xavier has been ranked as the 3rd best school in the Midwest.
Whether you go to Xavier as a student for their academic programs, as an athlete or as a fan in the stands, Xavier will never disappoint. With their rigorous course load and successful athletic programs, Xavier has managed to blend the two successfully.