Kansas City, Mo. - Sophomore forward Erin Hannemann (Homer Glen, Ill./Providence Catholic) and senior forward Jackie Heine (Hampshire, Ill./Hannibal-LaGrange) both represented Saint Xavier University on the 2008 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Team when the honors were released by the national office earlier this week. Hannemann was one of 10 players nationwide named to the NAIA All-American Third Team, while Heine earned a spot on the All-American Honorable Mention squad. In addition, SXU had three of its women's basketball student-athletes named 2008 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes in Heine, senior forward Tara Breshock (Lansing, Ill./TF-South) and senior center Jennifer Stinich (Westchester, Ill./Nazareth Academy).
Hannemann led Saint Xavier in both scoring and rebounding averages this season averaging 13.7 points and 7.5 rebounds a game over 30 of her team's 32 games. Heine had the highest point and rebounding totals for the Cougars playing all 32 games and racking up 429 points (13.4 ppg) and 237 boards (7.4 rpg). Earlier in the season, Heine broke a milestone in her three-year career at SXU by becoming just the sixth player in the program's history to surpass 1,000 career points. She finishes her career with 1,159 career points. In order to be named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete, student-athletes must have maintained a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status at the nominating institution.
Saint Xavier had an impressive season posting a 23-9 overall record and winning the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) regular season title with a record of 8-2. It was also the sixth straight season that SXU advanced to the NAIA National Championships and the sixth national appearance for the program since it began under head coach Bob Hallberg in 2000.Click here to go to the NAIA Women's Basketball All-Americans pageClick here to go to the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes page