(New Orleans) The number two seed Talladega Tornadoes had their pre-season plans come to fruition as they were crowned 2014 GCAC Men's Basketball Champions with a sensational overtime victory over last year's GCAC champion and this year's number four seed Philander Smith Panthers by the score of 104-95 (OT) in front of a crowd of 500 in the Convocation Center on the campus of Xavier University.
NEW ORLEANS -- Senior center Whitney Gaston-Loyd scored seven of her 17 points in a closing run which carried Xavier University of Louisiana to a 66-59 women's basketball victory Sunday against Talladega in the championship game of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament at XU's Convocation Center.
The Gold Nuggets (23-9) won the tournament for the fourth time in five years and defeated the Lady Tornadoes (26-4) in the final for the second time in three years. Xavier is ranked 24th in NAIA Division I and was the tournament's No. 2 seed; Talladega is ranked 16th and was top-seeded.
Xavier earned the GCAC's automatic bid to the NAIA Division I National Championship, which will begin March 19 in Frankfort, Ky. Pairings, seedings and game times will be announced Wednesday. The Gold Nuggets will play in the opening round March 19 or 20; it will be their 18th appearance at nationals in the last 20 seasons.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Xavier University of Louisiana sophomore Brion Flowers rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory against Paula Diaz on Sunday to clinch the Gold Nuggets' 5-4 women's tennis victory against Auburn Montgomery -- the NAIA's No. 1 team and three-time defending national champion -- in the AUM Invitational.
Xavier's men lost 7-2 to Auburn Montgomery. XU's men are ranked ninth, and AUM is second.
The Gold Nuggets (7-4), ranked fifth, defeated a top-ranked team for the first time in the history of the program, which began in the mid-1990s. Xavier won 6-3 at home last season against AUM when the Warhawks were ranked third.
NEW ORLEANS - The 2014 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Men's Basketball All Tournament Team was announced following the conclusion of the championship game which was won by Talladega over Philander Smith by a score of 104 - 95 in overtime.