NEW ORLEANS — Mikayla Bates, Whitney Gathright and Alesha Smith scored 10 points apiece Monday, and NAIA No. 13 Xavier University of Louisiana rolled to an 80-41 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference women’s basketball victory against Tougaloo.

The Gold Nuggets (14-6, 3-1), 8-0 at home this season, won for the fifth time in six games overall.

Bates, a freshman, matched her career highs in points, and had career highs of eight rebounds and five assists. Gathright had five assists, and Smith scored in double figures for the second straight game.

Xavier outscored the Lady Bulldogs (0-11, 0-4) 10-0 in the first two minutes and led 51-19 at halftime. The final margin was the Gold Nuggets’ largest of the game.

Donyeah Mayfield and Trana Hopkins scored nine points apiece for Xavier. Mayfield grabbed nine rebounds, and Hopkins had four steals to match her career high.

Montoria Atkinson scored nine points and Ahsia Clayton eight for Tougaloo.

Xavier outshot the Lady Bulldogs 42 to 28.6 percent from the floor and outrebounded them 49-32. The rebound margin was the Gold Nuggets’ best of the season, as were their 21 steals.

Xavier will travel to Little Rock, Ark., to play GCAC opponent Philander Smith at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Gold Nuggets’ next home game will start at 5:30 p.m. against GCAC leader Talladega, ranked 21st nationally.

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