Sat, Nov. 14, 2009 - [Women's Basketball]
La Crosse, Wis. - Senior forward Erin Hannemann (Homer Glen, Ill./Providence Catholic) earned Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors and No. 7 Saint Xavier University captured victories in both its games on the weekend to win the Viterbo University (Wis.) Invitational NAIA Showcase in La Crosse, Wis. The Cougars defeated Huntington University (Ind.), 69-56, Friday evening to advance to Saturday's championship and then claimed a big 87-41 over the host V-Hawks this afternoon to earn the tournament title. In addition, SXU had senior guard Kathlyn McClain (Oak Forest, Ill./Converse College/Marian Catholic) and sophomore guard Marissa Young (Monroe, Wis./St. Joseph's College/Monroe) both join Hannemann on the all-tournament team.
In Friday's victory over Huntington, Saint Xavier got off to a slow start offensively scoring just seven points in the game's first 10 minutes. Trailing 17-7 with 10 minutes to play before halftime, the Cougars got their offense back on track and turned it up a notch defensively as well going on a 24-5 scoring run to take a 31-22 lead into halftime. SXU never trailed in the second half and led by as many as 16 points en route to the 69-56 victory. McClain led all scorers with 19 points, while Young provided a huge lift off the bench finishing with 18 points. Hannemann tallied 11 points and nine rebounds toward the winning effort.
Saturday's championship game was not nearly as tight as Saint Xavier took an early 10-4 advantage and never looked back leading by as many as 47 points midway through the second half. Hannemann led all scorers in the game with 20 points, while McClain was next with 12. Young again came off the bench to chip in double figures in scoring with 11 points for SXU. As a team, the Cougars shot 62 percent (36-for-58) from the field in Saturday's game, including an impressive 68 percent clip (21-for-31) in first-half action.
Saint Xavier (4-0 overall) closes out exhibition play on Sunday, November 15, with a road game against NCAA Division I Loyola University (Ill.). The game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. tip-off Sunday in Chicago.