Women's Basketball - Tue, Jan. 29, 2008
CHICAGO - Senior forward Jackie Heine (Hampshire, Ill./Hannibal-LaGrange) scored 11 points and surpassed 1,000 points for her three-year career (1,008) at Saint Xavier University as the No. 9 ranked Cougars improved to 3-0 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) standings with an 83-71 home victory over Robert Morris College (Ill.) Tuesday night at the Shannon Center in Chicago. Sophomore forward Erin Hannemann (Homer Glen, Ill./Providence Catholic) led SXU with a double-double performance of 19 points and 14 rebounds, both game-highs, and shot an outstanding 9-for-13 (69 percent) from the field. Heine becomes just the sixth Saint Xavier women's basketball player to eclipse 1,000 career points since the program began in 2000.
Heine went over the 1,000-point barrier with a lay-up just 30 seconds into the second half. In addition to Heine and Hannemann, the Cougars also had freshman point guard Alex Barone (Joliet, Ill./Marian Catholic) and senior guard Candis Jackson (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) both score in double figures with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Barone also finished with seven rebounds, six assists, and five steals in the winning effort. Freshman guard Jerita Gordon (Chicago, Ill.) led Robert Morris with 13 points in addition to her eight rebounds.
The game was very tight in the first half with both teams attacking the basket and scoring in the paint. Saint Xavier led by four, 40-36, at the break and scored 28 of those 40 points in the lane. The Cougars came out on fire after halftime scoring the first eight points and using its defense to hold the Eagles to just three points in the first nine minutes of the second half. SXU shot 52 percent (13-for-25) from the field after the halftime break, while Robert Morris hit just 23 percent (11-for-48) of its second-half shots. There was also no shortage of fouls in Tuesday's game with both teams ringing up 62 fouls in the game.
Saint Xavier (17-4 overall/3-0 CCAC) continues its CCAC slate on the road heading to Joliet, Ill., on Saturday, February 2, to face rival University of St. Francis (Ill.). The game is scheduled for a 5:15 p.m. start at the USF Recreation Center.