Women's Basketball - Sat, Dec. 5, 2009
Bourbonnais, Ill. - Behind a combined 27 points and six assists by senior guard Kathlyn McClain (Oak Forest, Ill./Converse College/Marian Catholic), No. 7 ranked Saint Xavier University swept the competition this weekend at the Holiday Inn Express CCAC Challenge in Bourbonnais, Ill., to keep its record perfect at 10-0 overall. The Cougars defeated No. 20 Bethel College (Tenn.), 67-57, in their Friday match-up and then picked up another double-digit victory Saturday by defeating Mid-Continent University (Ky.), 104-45. Junior point guard Alex Barone (Joliet, Ill./Marian Catholic) also had a nice weekend posting 10 points in each of the two victories. Following the games, junior guard Shalonda Young (Chicago, Ill./Crane Tech) was named the tourney's Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Barone also earned a spot on the all-tournament team.
In Friday's match-up with Bethel, SXU jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the game's first four minutes. The Cougars would never trail in the game, but did not put Bethel College away until late in the second half. Saint Xavier led by eight points, 35-27, at the half and was able to build its largest lead of the game, 48-34, with 13:25 remaining in regulation. McClain led the way for SXU with 14 points and three assists, while Young also had a nice outing with 12 points and team-best eight rebounds. A 25-4 scoring run over an 11-minute span in the first half of Saturday's game allowed Saint Xavier to take a 36-10 lead and pull away from Mid-Continent for good en route to its 59-point victory. McClain and sophomore guard Michelle Tourtillott (Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South) each finished with 13 points Saturday to lead the Cougars. Thirteen of the 14 players on SXU's active roster scored at least a point toward Saturday's win. Saint Xavier (10-0 overall/1-0 CCAC) takes the next 13 days off and returns to action on Friday, December 18, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., taking part in the Cruzin Classic. The Cougars take on John Brown University (Ark.) at 3 p.m. in the first game of the Classic on the campus of Nova Southeastern University (Fla.).