Jence Rhoads had 20 points, seven assists and three steals but missed a second-chance shot as time expired and Vanderbilt lost 63-62 to Xavier on Tuesday in the second round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.
Xavier made its final seven field goal attempts and came from behind twice in the final minute, the second when Amber Harris scored the game-winning basket on a layup with 12 seconds to play.
Lauren Lueders missed a 3-pointer with five seconds remaining, and Rhodes got the rebound and beat the buzzer with a shot as she was falling backward. The shot rimmed out.
Jessica Mooney had given Vanderbilt (23-11), which was up by as many as 10 in the second half, a 62-61 lead when she made two free throws with 28 seconds to go. They were Mooney’s only points of the contest.
Xavier (29-3) missed 16 of its first 17 3-point shots despite playing on its home floor, but got three straight from Katie Rutan as it rallied from nine points down in the final five minutes. Rutan started the rally with a 3-pointer that cut Vanderbilt’s lead to 54-48.
Harris scored the Musketeers’ final six points and finished with a game-high 21. She got XU to within one (60-59) with a fastbreak basket with 1:23 to play and made it 61-60 on a jumper with 44 seconds to go.
Ta’Shia Phillips added 15 points and 17 rebounds, and Rutan finished with 11 points for Xavier.
Merideth Marsh scored 11 points, and Hannah Tuomi had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Vanderbilt.