Women's Basketball - Sat, Mar. 6, 2010
CHICAGO - Playing their final game in the Shannon Center, seniors Angie Bush (Valparaiso, Ind./Morgan Township) and Erin Hannemann (Homer Glen, Ill./Providence Catholic) put on quite a display Saturday afternoon leading No. 2 ranked Saint Xavier University to a 103-96 victory over Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) in the championship game of the 2010 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Division I Women's Basketball Tournament in Chicago. Bush matched her previous career-high in scoring with 33 points, while Hannemann logged her third straight double-double performance with 26 points and 12 rebounds. It is the sixth CCAC Tournament crown for the Cougars in the 10-year history of the program, including four in the past five seasons.
There was no shortage of impressive accomplishments in Saturday's championship as SXU junior guard Shalonda Young (Chicago, Ill./Crane Tech) tied the school's single-game assist record with 13 dishes to go along with her 11 points. Hannemann also recorded two blocked shots in the game giving her sole possession of Saint Xavier's all-time career blocks mark with 137. Olivet Nazarene had four players score in double figures Saturday led by freshman guard Danielle Tolbert's 18 points. Sophomore forward Danielle Pipal also had a nice outing for the Tigers with 16 points, seven assists and five steals. SXU shot 56 percent (43-for-77) from the floor, including 60 percent (21-for-35) in second-half action to pick up the victory.
The game got off to a fast start with Saint Xavier jumping out to a 14-8 lead in the first four minutes of play. The Tigers quickly closed the gap with back-to-back three pointers to tie the game at the 15-minute mark. SXU built an eight-point lead over the next five minutes, but ONU responded again and tied the game, 37-37, with just over six minutes remaining in the half. An 11-2 scoring run by the Cougars over the next three minutes gave SXU a nine-point advantage capped by a jumper by Bush and they would carry the momentum into halftime leading by seven, 53-46. The Tigers came out on fire in the second half and tied the game again, 53-53, just 1:24 into the frame. Olivet went ahead by six, 61-55, on a lay-up by junior guard Simone Coburn with 15:57 to play in regulation. SXU rallied to tie and the game went back-and-forth until the 4:30 mark when the Cougars used an 8-0 run to pull away for good. There were 13 lead changes and 13 tie scores in Saturday's championship.
Saint Xavier (29-1 overall) earns the CCAC's automatic bid and now awaits its seed and pairing for the 2010 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship, which begins on Wednesday, March 17. The pairings for the tournament are scheduled to be released by College Fanz Sports Network on Wednesday, March 10, at 3:30 p.m. on its website at www.collegefanz.com.