Tue, Nov. 10, 2009 - [Women's Basketball]
CHICAGO - Behind a game-high 26 points and team-high seven rebounds by senior forward Erin Hannemann (Homer Glen, Ill./Providence Catholic), the No. 7 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team gave NCAA Division I University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) all it could handle Tuesday night, but could not pull out the victory falling, 82-75, in exhibition play at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. The Cougars (1-0 overall) led for a majority of the first half and kept things close throughout the second half, including pulling to within three points with under 30 seconds remaining in regulation. In addition, senior guard Kathlyn McClain (Oak Forest, Ill./Converse College/Marian Catholic) also had a nice game for SXU posting 16 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Junior guard Shalonda Young (Chicago, Ill./Crane Tech) posted 12 points for the Cougars, while junior point guard Alex Barone (Joliet, Ill./Marian Catholic) also finished in double figures in scoring with 10 points. UIC led by as many as five points in the first seven minutes of play, but with 12:31 remaining in the first half, Young hit a jumper to give Saint Xavier its first lead of the game, 17-15. The Cougars would hold the lead for the remainder of the half going ahead by as many as eight. However, a late scoring run by UIC narrowed the SXU lead to two, 43-41, at the halftime break. Saint Xavier shot an impressive 52 percent (16-for-31) from the field in first-half action.
The game stayed tight in the early portion of the second half. With seven minutes remaining in the game, SXU made a nice run thanks in part to four straight turnovers by the Flames and drew to within three, 67-64, with just under five minutes remaining in regulation. A scoop shot in the lane by Hannemann with 2:55 to play brought the Cougars to within a bucket, 71-69. However, senior center Cassie Johnson was able to convert a three-point play on the other end to push UIC's lead back up to five, 74-69. SXU would not be outdone and Hannemann converted a three-point play of her own on the ensuing possession to make it a two-point game again. Down by six with under 30 seconds remaining, Hannemann came up big again with a three-pointer with 27 seconds on the clock to pull her team within three, 78-75, but UIC would hit its free throws in the closing seconds to secure the victory. Saint Xavier (1-0 overall/1-0 CCAC) hosts its first home game of the 2009-10 season on Wednesday, November 11, taking on Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) newcomer Holy Cross College (Ind.). Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Shannon Center in Chicago.