NEW ORLEANS, La. - Xavier University of Louisiana's SiMon Franklin scored 13 of her career-high 18 points in the second half Tuesday in a 61-50 women's basketball victory against Spring Hill at XU's new Convocation Center.
The Gold Nuggets (2-0), ranked 11th in NAIA Division I, have a 12-game home winning streak, including both their games this season.
Franklin, a senior guard, had four assists, four steals and a blocked shot in 27 minutes. Xavier led 27-23 at halftime, but five consecutive Franklin points gave the Nuggets a 42-30 lead with 13:52 remaining. Angelica Alexander's basket with 2:45 remaining gave Xavier its biggest lead, 61-43.
Danielle Tucker scored 11 points, nine in the first half, and Whitney Gaston-Loyd had eight for Xavier. Paige Gauthier led the Nuggets with career-highs of eight rebounds and six steals.
Jamesha Watkins scored 12 points for Spring Hill (1-4), which dropped its fourth in a row. Thirteen Badgers scored, but no one else had more than seven. Senior center April Bradford of Pensacola, Fla., grabbed nine rebounds.
Gaston-Loyd's basket at 14:53 of the first half put Xavier ahead to stay at 8-6.
Both teams shot 38 percent from the floor. Xavier outshot Spring Hill 46.9 to 36 percent in the second half. Xavier out-rebounded Spring Hill 37-34. The Nuggets committed 21 turnovers and gained 31.
-Courtesy XU Sports Information Department