Women's Basketball - Sun, Nov. 15, 2009
CHICAGO - Despite 19 points apiece from senior forward Erin Hannemann (Homer Glen, Ill./Providence Catholic) and sophomore guard Marissa Young (Monroe, Wis./St. Joseph's College/Monroe), the No. 7 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team dropped its final exhibition game of the 2009-10 season Sunday falling 69-64 to NCAA Division I Loyola University (Ill.) at the Gentile Center in Chicago. The Cougars (4-0 overall) trailed by 19 points (53-34) with just over six minutes remaining in the game before making a furious rally attempt that brought them to within three points, 58-55, with 2:12 left to play in regulation.
Hannemann also finished Sunday's exhibition with a game-best 10 rebounds. Both teams got off to a slow start offensively in the opening 10 minutes with the Ramblers clinging to a 12-9 lead. A jumper by sophomore forward Mary Kusner (Des Plaines, Ill./Maine West) pulled SXU to within a point, 12-11, before Loyola went on a 12-2 run over the next four minutes to post a 24-13 advantage. However, the Cougars finished the half strong and went into the intermission trailing by just four points, 25-21. The Ramblers came out strong in the second half and extended its lead to 19 points, 53-34, with 6:15 remaining in the game. Paced by eight points from Young, SXU chipped away at the big deficit and closed to within three points, 58-55, on a three-point play by Young. However, Loyola was able to convert its free throw attempts in the final two minutes to hang on for the victory.
Saint Xavier (4-0 overall) returns to action on Saturday, November 21, with a non-conference match-up with Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.). The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start in Hammond, Ind.