Women's Basketball - Thu, Mar. 5, 2009
Joliet, Ill. - Saint Xavier University junior forward Erin Hannemann (Homer Glen, Ill./Providence Catholic) was named the 2009 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Player of the Year and earned first team All-CCAC recognition as five SXU women's basketball players received spots on the 2009 All-CCAC squad when the conference office released the honors Thursday. Junior guard Kathlyn McClain (Oak Forest, Ill./Converse College/Marian Catholic) and sophomore point guard Alex Barone (Joliet, Ill./Marian Catholic) also secured places on the All-CCAC First Team, while senior forward Abiola Amure (Chicago, Ill./St. Scholastica) and sophomore guard Shalonda Young (Chicago, Ill./Crane Tech) nabbed spots on the All-CCAC Second Team. In addition, Cougar head coach Bob Hallberg was named the 2009 CCAC Coach of the Year.
Hannemann has been an unstoppable force for Saint Xavier all season averaging team-bests of 20.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per game and shooting an impressive 63 percent (215-for-342) from the field on the year. She has been named the CCAC Player of the Week eight of the 16 times it has been awarded during the 2008-09 season. McClain has been tough as well posting 16.1 points and 3.2 steals over the team's 27 games. Barone has been stellar as SXU's primary ball-handler and averages a team-high 4.9 assists in addition to her 8.5 points a game. Amure has been a solid contributor all season long posting averages of 7.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals. Young has also been a huge all-around asset for the Cougars averaging 8.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Saint Xavier (23-4 overall/9-1 CCAC) earned a No.1 seed and first round bye for this week's CCAC Tournament. The Cougars face off against No. 5 seed Robert Morris College (11-18 overall/2-8 CCAC) tonight at 7 p.m. at the Shannon Center in Chicago to determine which team will advance to Saturday's conference tournament championship game.