Women's Basketball - Sat, Jan. 30, 2010
CHICAGO - Paced by game-highs of 27 points, nine assists and five steals by senior guard Kathlyn McClain (Oak Forest, Ill./Converse College/Marian Catholic), the No. 3 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team won its fifth straight game and improved to 22-1 overall this season with a 91-69 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) road win over Robert Morris University (Ill.) Saturday evening at the Gentile Center in Chicago. The Cougars (22-1 overall/5-1 CCAC) jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead in the game's first two minutes and never trailed en route to the 22-point victory. In addition, senior forward Erin Hannemann (Homer Glen, Ill./Providence Catholic) also had a stellar outing for SXU finishing with 24 points and seven rebounds. The Cougars had a solid day shooting the basketball hitting 49.3 percent of their shots from the field (35-for-71), including an impressive 50 percent clip (10-for-20) from three-point range. Junior point guard Alex Barone (Joliet, Ill./Marian Catholic) also scored in double figures for Saint Xavier with 16 points, while sophomore guard Michelle Tourtillott (Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South) dropped in 11 points in a reserve capacity. The SXU defense was tough as usual helping force 21 turnovers by the Lady Eagles and limiting RMU to just 3-for-25 shooting (12 percent) from beyond the three-point arc. The Cougars were on fire offensively early in the ballgame and took a 49-24 advantage into the halftime break after hitting 20 of their 35 first-half shot attempts (57 percent). Junior guard Jerita Gordon led Robert Morris with 18 points and a game-best 18 rebounds. Saint Xavier (22-1 overall/5-1 CCAC) now has a week to gear up for a huge conference home match-up against league-leading rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) on Saturday, February 6. The Fighting Saints (13-10 overall/4-0 CCAC) are the only team this season to defeat the Cougars, a 77-72 setback back on January 12. The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. tip-off Saturday at the Shannon Center in Chicago.