Women's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 3, 2007
CHICAGO - Saint Xavier University got its revenge on conference rival Olivet Nazarene University, the only NAIA team to beat the No. 3 ranked Cougars this season. With eight seconds remaining in regulation and clinging to a 73-72 lead, SXU senior guard Dani Engleman (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) was fouled on a three-point attempt and made all three of the resulting free throws to give Saint Xavier a 76-72 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) home victory over the visiting Tigers Saturday at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars improve to 21-2 overall and 6-1 in the CCAC, while ONU falls to 12-12 overall and 6-1 in league play.
Freshman forward Erin Hannemann (Homer Glen, Ill./Providence Catholic) led all scorers in the game with 17 points for SXU, while also pulling down a game-high tying 12 rebounds. Senior guard Candis Jackson (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) scored 16 points for the Cougars, while senior guard Angie Brown (Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore) had an impressive all-around game with 12 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. Junior forward Jackie Heine (Hampshire, Ill./Hannibal-LaGrange) joined Hannemann with a double-double performance of 11 points and 12 rebounds. The Cougars were able to overcome their 24 turnovers in the game by holding Olivet to just 28 percent (23-for-83) shooting from the field and helping force 25 turnovers.
SXU was in control most of the first half leading by as many as 12 points. The Cougars took a 40-32 lead into halftime behind 42 percent shooting (14-for-33) from the field. In the second half, Saint Xavier built the lead up to 15 points, 55-40, with just over 11 minutes to play in the game. However, over the next six minutes, the Tigers cut the big SXU advantage in half and trailed by just seven, 66-59. An 8-1 scoring run by ONU tied the game, 67-67, with three minutes to play in the game. A three-pointer by sophomore forward Poppy Miller with one minute left in regulation gave Olivet its only lead of the second half, 72-71. However, a lay-up by Hannemann and Engleman's free throws in the closing seconds sealed the victory for the Cougars.
Saint Xavier (21-2 overall/6-1 CCAC) travels to Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) for its next conference match-up on Tuesday, February 6, in Chicago. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.