Women's Basketball - Tue, Jan. 15, 2008
CHICAGO - Led by game-highs of 24 points and 10 rebounds from senior forward Jackie Heine (Hampshire, Ill./Hannibal-LaGrange), the No. 10 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team had the right formula for slowing down No. 21 Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.), the NAIA's No. 1 scoring offense (104.2 ppg), and earned a 118-86 victory in its Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) opener Tuesday night at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars (14-3 overall) applied a heavy dose of defensive pressure early in the game and it paid off as SXU built a 21-4 lead in the game's first six minutes. The loss ends an 11-game win streak by the Tigers, while Saint Xavier wins its seventh straight contest.
Heine was not the only Cougar to have a big game Tuesday as sophomore guard Kathlyn McClain (Oak Forest, Ill./Converse College) posted 22 points and game-high seven steals. Sophomore forward Erin Hannemann (Homer Glen, Ill./Providence Catholic) finished with 20 points and seven rebounds for SXU, while sophomore guard Alex Barone (Joliet, Ill./Marian Catholic) notched 15 points and sophomore guard Angie Bush (Valparaiso, Ind./Morgan Township) came off the bench to chip in 12 points. Olivet Nazarene was led by junior guard Courtney Hehn (Monticello, Ill.) with 16 points, while senior guard Erin Hoffman (Herscher, Ill.) turned in 11 points.
Saint Xavier shot 58 percent (49-for-84) from the field in the game, including an impressive 60 percent (6-for-10) from beyond the three-point arc. ONU got off to a slow start hitting just seven of its 35 shot attempts in the first half (20 percent) and fell behind, 58-29, at the halftime break. Turnovers also played a contributing factor in the game as the Tigers finished with 37 miscues, 25 of which came off Cougar steals. Saint Xavier also did a good job of distributing the ball in Tuesday's conference win finishing with a season-best 31 assists.
SXU (14-3 overall) continues its CCAC slate on Saturday, January 19, with a road game against Illinois Institute of Technology (Ill.). The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start in Chicago.