Women's Basketball - Sat, Jan. 31, 2009
CHICAGO - There was no shortage of noteworthy accomplishments for No. 8 ranked Saint Xavier University in Saturday's 110-75 victory over Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) foe Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) in NAIA women's basketball action at the Shannon Center in Chicago. First, junior forward Erin Hannemann (Homer Glen, Ill./Providence Catholic) set a new single-game school scoring record with 39 points to lead all scorers. Next, head coach Bob Hallberg achieved collegiate career win No. 700 in his 34th season (men's and women's). Finally, sophomore point guard Shalonda Young (Chicago, Ill./Crane Tech) fell one assist shy of recording a triple-double totaling 10 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.
The game was tight throughout most of the first half with ONU opening the game on a 7-2 run in the first 1:20 of play. With five minutes left in the first half, the Cougars led 34-30 and then outscored the Tigers 17-2 for the remainder of the period to take a 51-32 lead into the locker room at halftime. The game never got close in the second half with Saint Xavier extending its advantage and building the lead to as many as 38 points in the closing minutes of the game. Hannemann finished 16-for-18 from the field in the game to reach her record-setting mark. Current Cougar assistant coach Angie Brown, who scored 35 points against Robert Morris College (Ill.) on January 27, 2007, held the previous single-game scoring record at SXU.
In addition to Hannemann and Young, three other Saint Xavier players scored in double figures in Saturday's victory with junior guard Kathlyn McClain (Oak Forest, Ill./Converse College/Marian Catholic) totaling 16 points as well as posting six assists and game-high eight steals. Junior guard Angie Bush (Valparaiso, Ind./Morgan Township) came off the bench to score 18 points for SXU, while senior forward Abiola Amure (Chicago, Ill./St. Scholastica) chipped in 10 points toward the winning effort. The Cougars shot an impressive 52 percent (44-for-84) from the field for the game and finished with 29 assists and 21 steals as a team. Senior forward Poppy Miller led the Tigers in scoring with 16 points. ONU had trouble taking care of the basketball the entire game recording 37 turnovers in the loss.
Saint Xavier (18-3 overall/4-0 CCAC) stays at home to take on CCAC foe Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) on Tuesday, February 3. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at the Shannon Center in Chicago.