Women's Basketball - Tue, Jan. 9, 2007
Bourbonnais, Ill. - Despite a career-high 29 points from junior forward Jackie Heine (Hampshire, Ill./Hannibal-LaGrange), the No. 4 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team could not stop a 61-point second-half output by Olivet Nazarene University Tuesday night falling 102-87 in its Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) opener at McHie Arena in Bourbonnais, Ill. The loss snaps an 11-game win streak for the Cougars (15-2 overall/0-1 CCAC), who have not lost since November 25, 2006, against NCAA Division II University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
Heine shot an impressive 10-for-16 (63 percent) from the field in Tuesday's loss in addition to going 9-for-13 from the free-throw line. She also led SXU on the boards pulling down a game-high 14 rebounds. Senior guard Angie Brown (Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore) also played well Tuesday finishing with 16 points, three assists, and three steals. Senior guard Candis Jackson (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young), who recently surpassed the 1,000 career points mark in her third year with the team, tallied 11 points and five assists. ONU got a big lift from its bench with 48 of its 102 points coming from the reserves.
In the first half, Olivet was able to build a 10-point lead with six minutes left to play before the break. However, the Cougars closed out the half with a 15-8 run and heading into the locker room trailing by just three, 41-38. SXU was able to tie things up four different times early in the second half, but with 13 minutes left to play in regulation, the Tigers began a 17-6 run that allowed them to pull away. With seven minutes left in the game, Saint Xavier closed to within eight, 77-69, on a lay-up by Heine, but that was as close as the game would get the rest of the way.
SXU (15-2 overall/0-1 CCAC) returns home to face conference foe Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) on Saturday, January 13, at the Shannon Center in Chicago. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.