Olathe, Kan. - Saint Xavier University women's basketball coach Bob Hallberg and his nationally recognized program received some very good news this week when senior guards Candis Jackson (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) and Angie Brown (Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore) both were named to the 2007 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball All-American Teams. Jackson was the first Cougar to earn first team All-American recognition for the program and one of just 10 players nationally this season to gain the honor, while Brown was one of 10 players named to the second team. It is also the first time in the seven-year history of the program that SXU has had two All-Americans from one of the top three teams (first team, second team, and third team) on the same roster.
"Being selected as one of the 10 first team All-Americans in the nation is a testament to Candis and the great career she had with Saint Xavier University," said Hallberg. "She led us to back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances at the NAIA National Tournament and I truly believe that had she not suffered an ACL injury in the second half of our game against eventual champion Lambuth, we would have had a legitimate shot at a national championship.
"Having Angie achieve second team All-American status shows just how far this program has come in its short seven-year history," continued Hallberg. "Both Candis and Angie had wonderful careers here and brought our program to another level. It is a rare occurrence to have two All-Americans on the same team, so this very talented pair will be sorely missed next season."
Jackson averaged 15.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 5.3 assists over 32 games this season for Saint Xavier University. She broke the school's single-season assists record with 171 dishes this year and also topped 1,000 points (1,291 career points) in just her third season with the team. Brown averaged 16.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.0 steals as a senior this season for the Cougars. She was one of the NAIA's best three-point shooters hitting 120 treys on the year (No. 4 nationally) at a 53 percent clip (No. 2 nationally). She also had a record-breaking campaign shattering SXU records for three-pointers made in a game (9), a season (120), and a career (216).
Saint Xavier had an impressive season posting a 29-3 overall record and winning a share of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) regular season title with a record of 11-1. In addition, the Cougars claimed the 2007 CCAC Tournament crown and earned their fifth straight berth for the NAIA National Championships. SXU fell 77-61 to eventual 2007 national champion Lambuth University (Tenn.) last Friday in the "Sweet 16" of the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championships in Jackson, Tenn.Click here to see the 2007 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball All-American Teams in its entirety