Women's Basketball - Thu, Mar. 1, 2007
CHICAGO - Behind 20 first-half points from senior guard Candis Jackson (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young), the No. 3 ranked and No. 1 seeded Saint Xavier University women's basketball team was able to pull away in first-half action and went on to defeat No. 4 seed Robert Morris College (Ill.), 91-72, in the semi-finals of the 2007 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Tournament Thursday at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars (27-2 overall) move on to Saturday's CCAC championship game where they will host No. 2 seed Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) at 1 p.m. at the Shannon Center in Chicago.
Jackson finished the game with team-highs of 22 points and eight assists, but played only nine minutes of the second half. Senior guard Angie Brown (Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore) also had a big game for SXU scoring 21 points behind a 5-for-9 showing from the three-point arc. Brown also finished with a team-leading eight rebounds in the winning effort. Senior guard Dani Engleman (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) chipped in 12 points, seven rebounds, and four assists for a solid outing Thursday, while freshman forward Erin Hannemann (Homer Glen, Ill./Providence Catholic) came off the bench to score 16 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the field.
The Cougars were red-hot in the first half shooting 51 percent (18-for-35) from the field and scoring 52 points. SXU held a double-digit lead for a majority of the first half and took a 52-34 advantage into the locker room at halftime. A quick scoring surge early in the second half built Saint Xavier's lead up to 34 points, its largest of the game (79-45). Freshman forward Jessica Harris led Robert Morris with 18 points, while senior guard Shanice White turned in a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. SXU never trailed in the ballgame.
Saint Xavier (27-2 overall/11-1 CCAC) takes the No.1 seed into the championship game of the 2007 CCAC Tournament facing No. 2 seed Olivet Nazarene University (20-12 overall/11-1 CCAC) on Saturday, March 3, at 1 p.m. Winner of Saturday's game will receive an automatic bid to participate in the 2007 NAIA Women's Basketball Championships in Jackson, Tenn., which begin on Wednesday, March 14.