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Phillips helps Xavier claim A-10 title

Mar 8, 2011 - 12:56 AM Lowell, MA (Sports Network) - Ta'Shia Phillips led the way with 26 points and 15 rebounds, as top-seeded and fifth-ranked Xavier claimed the Atlantic-10 title with a 67-60 win over No. 6 seeded Dayton and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Special Jennings went for 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Amber Harris turned in a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards for Xavier (28-2), which earned its fourth conference championship in the last five seasons.

Justine Raterman had a team-leading 19 points to go with six rebounds for Dayton (21-11), which also got 12 points from Kristin Daugherty.

Dayton led 35-30 at the intermission, then were in front 41-34 nearly 3 1/2 minutes into the second half before Xavier made its move.

Jennings capped a 9-0 run with a pair of free throws to put her squad in front by two with 12:42 left and things stayed close the rest of the way.

Raterman's layup with two minutes remaining tied the contest at 60-all, but Phillips hit a jumper with 90 seconds left to put Xavier up for good and the Musketeers pulled away down the stretch.