Xavier women pound South Dakota St. to advance in tourney

CINCINNATI (AP) - Ta'Shia Phillips had 27 points and 15 rebounds Sunday, and second-seeded Xavier got off to a slow start on its home court before using its front-line advantage to pull away from South Dakota State 72-56 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Xavier (29-2) will play Louisville on Tuesday, the rematch of familiar teams that played a tight game earlier this season on the same court. The Musketeers beat the Cardinals 71-59 on Nov. 23, when Amber Harris had 28 points and 18 rebounds.

Harris had 16 points and 12 rebounds against South Dakota State (19-14), the three-time Summit League champs who couldn't measure up to Xavier's two dominant front-line players.

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