Women's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 16, 2008
CHICAGO - Despite having three different players finish with at least 20 points, the No. 11 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team could not pick up the victory Saturday falling in overtime, 91-86, to NCAA Division I foe Chicago State University (Ill.) at the Jones Convocation Center in Chicago. Senior forward Jackie Heine (Hampshire, Ill./Hannibal-LaGrange) led the Cougars with 23 points and team-high tying seven rebounds, while sophomore guard Kathlyn McClain (Oak Forest, Ill./Converse College) and sophomore forward Erin Hannemann (Homer Glen, Ill./Providence Catholic) turned in 22 and 21 points, respectively.
The game was extremely tight with 16 lead changes and 14 tie scores. SXU shot well in the game hitting 51 percent (35-for-69) of its attempts from the field. However, Chicago State was tough on the boards out-rebounding SXU, 50-35, with junior guard Jasmin Dixon leading the way with 17 rebounds in addition to her game-high 27 points. CSU took control early building a 16-7 lead at the 14:39 mark of the first half before Saint Xavier stormed back and took a seven-point lead, 30-23, with 5:38 left before halftime. SXU took a 40-38 advantage into the locker room at the half.
Saint Xavier built a nine-point lead, 55-46, in the first seven minutes of the second half, but Chicago State chipped away at the lead and tied things up, 63-63, with 8:16 remaining in regulation. In the final eight minutes, neither team could pull away and the game went to overtime with the score knotted at 76-76. The first two minutes of the five-minute overtime period were tight, but a pair of three-pointers by freshman forward Courtney Waldon helped give CSU a six-point advantage with under two minutes to play and eventually led to the tough non-conference road loss for SXU. Saint Xavier (20-6 overall/6-1 CCAC) returns to its Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) schedule on Saturday, February 23. The Cougars take on Robert Morris College (Ill.) at 5 p.m. at the Gentile Center in Chicago.