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Jerrigan scores 15, grabs eight boards to lead Xavier

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Dee Dee Jernigan had career-highs with 15 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 25 Xavier to a 57-48 victory against LSU on Wednesday night.

Jernigan scored six points during an 8-0 run which gave the Musketeers a 50-42 lead. The Lady Tigers came no closer than four points the rest of the game.

April Phillips scored a career-high 12 points for Xavier (3-2). Ta'Shia Phillips also scored 12 points for the Musketeers. Allison Hightower had 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for LSU (1-2).

The Lady Tigers closed the first half on a 12-5 run to go ahead by five points.

Hightower's field goal tied the score at 14. LaSondra Barrett followed with two foul shots and a field goal. Katherine Graham's basket gave LSU a 24-19 halftime lead.

Xavier scored the first eight points of the second half to grab a 27-24 advantage. Phillips made two baskets during that stretch. The score was then tied six times before the late surge led by Jernigan.