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Xavier pushes past Gonzaga to reach regional final

Gonzaga's Kayla Standish  grabs a rebound over Xavier's April Phillips in  the first half at Sacramento's Arco Arena on Saturday, March 27, 2010. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga's Kayla Standish grabs a rebound over Xavier's April Phillips in the first half at Sacramento's Arco Arena on Saturday, March 27, 2010. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Ta’Shia Phillips had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Katie Rutan added 15 points and third-seeded Xavier rumbled into its first NCAA tournament regional final in nine years with its 21st straight victory, 74-56 over Gonzaga on Saturday night.

Amber Harris had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the imposing Musketeers (30-3), who broke free of the Zags early in the second half of a game that ended after 1:30 a.m. back home in Cincinnati.

Xavier’s punishing low-post tandem of the 6-foot-6 Phillips and the 6-5 Harris was just too tall and too tough for Gonzaga (29-5), which had its own 20-game winning streak snapped at the close of the most successful season in school history.

Xavier’s landmark season is extended to Monday, when the Musketeers will face top-seeded Stanford in the Sacramento Regional final.

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