Women's Basketball - Wed, Mar. 24, 2010
Jackson, Tenn. - When the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced its 2009-10 Division I Women's Basketball All-America Teams and National Championship awards in conjunction with Tuesday's National Championship game, Saint Xavier University was well represented. For the second straight season, senior forward Erin Hannemann (Homer Glen, Ill./Providence Catholic) earned first team honors on the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball All-America Team, while senior guard Kathlyn McClain (Oak Forest, Ill./Converse College/Marian Catholic) garnered honorable mention recognition. Junior guard Shalonda Young (Chicago, Ill./Crane Tech) also secured an honorable mention spot on the All-America Team for the first time in her career.
In addition, Hannemann was one of five players nationally to earn second team recognition on the 2010 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship All-Tournament Team, while junior point guard Alex Barone (Joliet, Ill./Marian Catholic) earned the tournament's Hustle Award. Just 10 players from all 32 teams at the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship are selected to the all-tournament squad with five earning first team honors and the remaining five making up the second team.
"It is nice for our players to receive these types of accolades, because they are determined by NAIA coaches at the national level," said SXU women's basketball coach Bob Hallberg. "For Erin to capture first team All-America honors for the second straight season is quite a feat and it shows the respect she has earned across the nation. However, the fact that we had three of our starters represented on the All-America team shows why we had a 31-2 season.
"I am extremely proud of Alex for picking up the tournament's Hustle Award, because it is usually given to a player on a team that qualifies for the semifinals," continued Hallberg. "It is a special award since it highlights players who play taller than they are and bring a high level of intensity every time they step on the court."
Saint Xavier wrapped up its best season to date this past 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.