LOWELL, Mass. – Amber Harris scored 19 points and Ta'Shia Phillips had 12 points and 11 rebounds to record her 19th double-double of the season and lead No. 6 Xavier to a 71-55 victory over Saint Joseph's in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals on Saturday.
Tyeasha Moss had 14 points, going 3 of 5 from 3-point range, and Special Jennings scored 11 for the Musketeers (26-2).
Katie Kuester scored 17 points and Erin Shields had 10 for Saint Joseph's (19-11), which led 27-20 in the first half and still held a two-point lead at the break thanks to 14 first-half points by Kuester.
Xavier went on an 11-3 run early in the second half, capped by a 3-pointer from Moss with 16:50 left in the game. Phillips' put-back on the next Xavier possession gave the Musketeers a 36-30 lead and forced a Saint Joseph's timeout.
Xavier trailed 27-20 with 2:09 left in the first period but managed to cut the Hawks' lead to two before the break. Harris' jumper with 1:08 left in the first half got the Musketeers within five, and Moss' jumper and free throw with 16 seconds left cut the Hawks' lead to 27-25 at intermission.