Xavier Defeats Tulane Women 62-59, In Exhibition

Cleaves hit her second three-pointer of the night with 3:09 left in the game to give Xavier a lead it would not relinquish at 54-51. A Cleaves layup extended the lead to 56-51 with 1:50 remaining before Tulane's Jami Montagnino hit a trey with 21 seconds left to pull the Green Wave within one. But Xavier's Rynika Herbert hit a pair of free throws with seven seconds left to provide the final margin, and D'Aundra Henry's attempt to put the game into overtime fell short

NEW ORLEANS – Xavier's Jarryn Cleaves scored 15 points and the Golden Nuggets took advantage of 31 Tulane turnovers to defeat the Green Wave 62-59 in exhibition women's basketball Thursday night at Fogelman Arena.

Cleaves hit her second three-pointer of the night with 3:09 left in the game to give Xavier a lead it would not relinquish at 54-51. A Cleaves layup extended the lead to 56-51 with 1:50 remaining before Tulane's Jami Montagnino hit a trey with 21 seconds left to pull the Green Wave within one. But Xavier's Rynika Herbert hit a pair of free throws with seven seconds left to provide the final margin, and D'Aundra Henry's attempt to put the game into overtime fell short.

"[The loss] wakes our kids up," said Tulane Head Coach Lisa Stockton. "We need more intensity, especially defensively. I would much rather it happen in the exhibition game than in the regular season. We were very impatient at times, even when we had the lead, we took awful shots."

Tulane shot 37.5% from the field in the game, including 8-of-22 in the second half. The Green Wave took 48 shots to the Golden Nuggets' 68. After turning the ball over just two times in the first eight minutes of the game while building a seven-point lead, the Green Wave finished the half with 16 turnovers and just a 31-30 lead.

"It was a lot of things, their intensity in the first half, obviously the turnovers, and their offensive rebounds gave them extra opportunities," Stockton said. "It's very obvious they've practiced a lot longer than we have. They had a game plan to run it down our throat, and they did a great job."

Xavier collected 20 steals in the game while turning the ball over 19 times. In addition to Cleaves' game-leading 17 points, Victoria Lee added 10 points for the Golden Nuggets.

Henry led Tulane with 13 points while Cashmir White scored 11 and freshman Nikki Luckhurst added 10 on four-of-five shooting.

The game was close throughout as Tulane built a 17-10 early lead and gained a seven-point margin again, 27-20, at the 6-minute mark of the first half on a pair of free throws by freshman Alendra Brown. However, Xavier went on a 10-4 run the rest of the half to cut the lead to one 31-30, at the end of the first half.

Xavier took its first lead since early in the first half, 44-43, on a three-pointer by Cleaves with 8:15 left on the clock. Tulane briefly regained the lead at 47-46 on a pair of free throws by White.

Tulane, which defeated the Houston Jaguars, 70-53, in its first exhibition game, opens the regular season Friday, Nov. 19 in Washington, D.C. versus Howard University. The Wave's first home game is Nov. 23 versus Jacksonville State at 7 p.m. in Fogelman Arena.

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