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March 20, 2009 at 9:10 PM

No. 5 Xavier puts on a show at open practices

Only a handful of fans popped up at Hec Ed to view the open practices and that’s too bad because No. 5 Xavier put on a show. Not in the Xs and Os sense. More like the show “So You Think You Can Dance?” mixed with a dunk contest, where most couldn’t get the ball past the net.
In the locker room during media interviews, G Megan Askew led her team through a “No Diggity, No Doubt” routine complete with spirit fingers. Hilarious. But it made you wonder if this is why the Musketeers haven’t advanced past the opening round in the past three appearances.
On the court were plenty of half-court shot attempts and near dunks by Tudy Reed.
Coach Kevin McGuff teased that he has to calm his players “like every day.” But Amber Harris, who’s injured and may not play on Saturday, said her team is focused — when they need to be.
“We came to have a mission and complete it,” said Harris, whose team advanced to the Elite Eight in 2001. “It should be motivation and we should be really focused in trying make that accomplishment.
“We were so focused [in the past] on getting a lower seed than someone else just because we over estimated what number they were. We can’t take that this time. We’ve got to focused on ourselves and play our game.”
No. 4 Pitt and No. 12 Gonzaga held the most serious practices. But the Zags had a little fun at Hec Ed, too, playing charades in the team’s locker room during interviews. And when asked who would win in a dance-off between the Bulldogs and Musketeers, Zags junior Vivian Frieson didn’t hesitate.
“Definitely us,” said Frieson, a native Seattleite who starred at Garfield. “Every year we have a little get together and the freshmen have to makeup a dance. You should have seen the freshmen this year, it was outrageous.”

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