Women's Basketball - Sat, Mar. 8, 2008
CHICAGO - Despite 22 points and 13 rebounds by sophomore forward Erin Hannemann (Homer Glen, Ill./Providence Catholic), the No. 14 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team could not slow down the hot three-point shooting of No. 21 Olivet Nazarene University falling 103-87 Saturday in the championship game of the 2008 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Tournament at the Shannon Center in Chicago. ONU made 21 of its 54 three-point attempts (39 percent) in Saturday's game to secure the conference tournament title. After the game, the Cougars learned that Hannemann and senior forward Jackie Heine (Hampshire, Ill./Hannibal-LaGrange) were named to the 2008 All-CCAC Team, while senior guard Candis Jackson (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) and sophomore guard Kathlyn McClain (Oak Forest, Ill./Converse College) earned honorable mention all-conference recognition.
Jackson also had a solid game for Saint Xavier finishing with 19 points, five rebounds, five assists, and two steals. McClain scored in double figures as well with 12 points, while freshman point guard Alex Barone (Joliet, Ill./Marian Catholic) posted 11 points, five rebounds, and six assists. Senior guard Hilary Disch led Olivet Nazarene with a game-high 24 points, while junior guard Courtney Hehn turned in 21 points for the Tigers. ONU came out firing in the first half and rang up 55 points in the opening period behind 12 three-pointers and 42 percent (19-for-45) shooting from the field. Trailing 55-41 at the half, the Cougars fought back in the second half and closed to within four points, 67-63, with 12 minutes remaining in regulation. However, the Tigers hit some big three-pointers over the game's next four minutes and built its lead back up to double digits, which it remained for the remainder of the contest.
Saint Xavier (23-8 overall/8-2 CCAC) now awaits an at-large bid and seed for the 2008 NAIA Women's Basketball National Championships, which begin on Wednesday, March 19, in Jackson, Tenn. The NAIA national office will release the seedings and pairings for the tournament early next week.