Kansas City, Mo. - Tied with Carroll College (Mont.) with six players represented, the No. 2 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team had nearly half its roster represented as 2009-10 Division I Women's Basketball Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes when the national office released the honorees late Monday. Each scholar-athlete must be a junior or above in academic status and maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Representing the Cougars this year were: guard Alex Barone (Joliet, Ill./Marian Catholic), guard Angie Bush (Valparaiso, Ind./Morgan Township), forward Elizabeth Carney (Traverse City, Mich./St. Francis HS), forward Brittany Jones (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) and guards Kathlyn McClain (Oak Forest, Ill./Converse College/Marian Catholic) and Marissa Young (Monroe, Wis./St. Joseph's College/Monroe).
"When nearly half of the team has at least a 3.5 grade-point average, it definitely makes my job easier as a head coach," said SXU women's basketball coach Bob Hallberg. "When you look at how much this group was able to accomplish on the basketball court and then couple that with their academic achievements, it really shows the impressive work ethic these women possess. I have no doubt that each of them will be very successful in their future endeavors after college."
Saint Xavier wrapped up its best season to date over the weekend with an overall record of 31-2. The Cougars also won the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) regular season and tournament titles, recorded their best regular season mark (27-1) and advanced to the NAIA's "Elite Eight" for the first time in the program's 10-year history.Click here to see the NAIA's press release on the Daktronics-Scholar-Athletes