Women's Basketball - Wed, Mar. 25, 2009
Kansas City, Mo. - Saint Xavier University women's basketball coach Bob Hallberg and his No. 6 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team received some very good news late Tuesday night when junior forward Erin Hannemann (Homer Glen, Ill./Providence Catholic) and junior guard Kathlyn McClain (Oak Forest, Ill./Converse College/Marian Catholic) both were named to the 2009 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball All-America Teams. Hannemann was the second Cougar ever to earn first team All-American recognition for the program and one of just 10 players nationally this season to gain the honor, while McClain earned a spot on the honorable mention team. Former SXU standout guard Candis Jackson was the first Cougar player to garner first team All-American honors in NAIA women's basketball following the 2006-07 season.
"Certainly Erin and Kathlyn are deserving of All-American recognition," said Hallberg. "I would hate to think of where our season would have been without the two of them. Erin combines a great blend of offensive and rebounding skills, while McClain possesses tough defensive skills to go along with her offensive talents. They are both well-rounded student-athletes and that justifies their inclusion on this year's NAIA All-America Team."
Hannemann had a monster season averaging team-bests of 20.8 points and 9.0 rebounds over the team's 31 games. She also shot an impressive 62.7 percent (249-for-397) from the field and 80.4 percent (135-for-168) from the charity stripe on the year. In addition, Hannemann broke a number of records during the 2008-09 campaign setting five new SXU marks, including most points in a game (39), most field goals made in a game (16), most rebounds in a game (18), most points in a season (646) and best field goal percentage in a season (.627). She also established a new 20-year-old national record for the NAIA by making 14 consecutive field goals in a single game when the Cougars defeated Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.), 110-75, back on January 31. McClain averaged 15.7 points and 3.2 steals over 31 games. She finished the season ranked No. 8 in the NAIA in steals per game and No. 41 individually in scoring per game.
Saint Xavier had an impressive season posting a 26-5 overall record and winning both the 2009 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) regular season title (9-1) and the 2009 CCAC Tournament crown. In addition, the Cougars earned their seventh straight berth to the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championships. SXU defeated Langston University (Okla.), 71-60, in first round action last Wednesday, but fell to No. 12 Oklahoma City University (Okla.), 72-68, Friday in the program's third all-time "Sweet 16" appearance at the 2009 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championships in Jackson, Tenn.