Women's Basketball - Sat, Jan. 26, 2008
CHICAGO - Despite 15 points and four steals from sophomore guard Kathlyn McClain (Oak Forest, Ill./Converse College), No. 9 Saint Xavier University managed just 18 second-half points, a season-low, and fell 54-48 to No. 15 ranked Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) in non-conference NAIA women's basketball action Saturday afternoon at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars (16-4 overall) hit just 29 percent (9-for-31) of their shot attempts after halftime and did not shoot a single free throw the entire game.
Also scoring in double figures for SXU were senior guard Candis Jackson (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) with 11 points and senior forward Jackie Heine (Hampshire, Ill./Hannibal-LaGrange) with 10 points in addition to her game-high 13 rebounds. Senior forward Megan Shirey (Carthage, Ill.) led the Wolves with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams played stingy defense, which led to plenty of turnovers and poor shooting percentages on both sides. The Cougars shot 35 percent (23-for-66) from the field in the game, including just 2-of-16 (13 percent) from the three-point arc. Cardinal Stritch did not fare much better hitting 29 percent (16-for-55) from the field and just five of its 20 three-point shot attempts. Both teams also committed over 20 turnovers with SXU posting 22 and CSU recording 24 miscues. The Cougars finished with 17 steals in the game.
Saint Xavier (16-4 overall/2-0 CCAC) gets back to its Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) schedule on Tuesday, January 29, facing the Eagles of Robert Morris College (Ill.). The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at the Shannon Center.