Women's Basketball - Tue, Dec. 19, 2006
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands - Senior guard Angie Brown (Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore) went 7-for-10 from beyond the three-point arc en route to a game-high 24 points and a 74-68 upset win for No. 9 ranked Saint Xavier University over No. 6 Freed-Hardeman University (Tenn.) Tuesday in the final day of the St. Thomas Tournament in the Virgin Islands, U.S.A. The Cougars (12-1 overall) have now beaten three NAIA teams this season ranked in the top 15 nationally, including an 89-88 win over then No. 1 ranked Union University (Tenn.) back on December 2.
"In the national rankings, this is an upset, but for our team it was just another great performance," said SXU women's basketball coach Bob Hallberg. "This team has been playing well and beating top-ranked opponents all season, so this is just another big step toward our ultimate goal of winning a national championship. I am very proud of how the team is stepping up to each challenge."
Down 31-29 at the half, the Cougars shot a stellar 63 percent (17-for-27) from the field after the break en route to 45 second-half points. Brown finished 8-for-13 from the field for her 24 points and also tallied a team-high three steals. Senior guard Candis Jackson (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) also had a big game for SXU with 16 points, four assists, and three rebounds. Freshman forward Erin Hannemann (Homer Glen, Ill./Providence Catholic) provided a big lift off the bench Tuesday with 11 points and four rebounds, all offensive. Junior forward Jackie Heine (Hampshire, Ill./Hannibal-LaGrange) finished with a game-high 10 rebounds.
SXU shot 51 percent (28-for-55) from the field and 45 percent from three-point range (9-for-20) in the game. The Cougar offense handled the ball well committing just 14 turnovers in the game, while recording eight steals on the defensive side. FHU was led by senior guard Ashley Helton, who finished with 17 points.
Saint Xavier (12-1 overall) takes a break for the Christmas holiday before returning to action on Wednesday, December 27, to host the three-day, eight-team SXU Christmas Tipoff Tournament. The Cougars will face Spring Arbor University (Mich.) on December 27 at 7 p.m. at the Shannon Center in Chicago.