Gonzaga women return after falling to Xavier in sweet sixteen
SPOKANE, Wash. - Fans greeted the Gonzaga Women's Basketball as they returned to campus Sunday afternoon after their loss to Xavier in the sweet sixteen.
Ta'Shia Phillips had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Katie Rutan added 15 points and third-seeded Xavier rumbled into its first NCAA tournament regional final in nine years with its 21st straight victory, 74-56 over Gonzaga in Sacramento on Saturday night.
Amber Harris had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the imposing Musketeers (30-3), who broke free of the Zags early in the second half of a game that ended after 1:30 a.m. back home in Cincinnati. Xavier's punishing low-post tandem of the 6-foot-6 Phillips and the 6-5 Harris was just too tall and too tough for Gonzaga (29-5), which had its own 20-game winning streak snapped at the close of the most successful season in school history.
Xavier's landmark season is extended to Monday, when the Musketeers will face top-seeded Stanford in the Sacramento Regional final.