Junior Marissa Young had a career-best 26 points Tuesday
Junior Marissa Young had a career-best 26 points Tuesday
(6)Saint Xavier
Calumet College of St. Joseph
Women's Basketball - Tue, Nov. 9, 2010

Whiting, Ind. - Behind a career-high 26 points by junior guard Marissa Young (Monroe, Wis./St. Joseph's College/Monroe), the No. 6 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team held off a late rally by Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) and pulled out a 78-71 road victory Tuesday evening at the Crimson Wave Athletic Facility in Whiting, Ind. After a tight second half, the Cougars got key baskets from junior forward Mary Kusner (Des Plaines, Ill./Maine West) and freshman forward Chrissy Heine (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) in the final two minutes to pull away for good. Young also finished with five rebounds and four steals in Tuesday's win.

Senior guard Shalonda Young (Chicago, Ill./Crane Tech) also had a productive outing for SXU posting 16 points and game-best 11 rebounds. Junior guard Michelle Tourtillott (Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South) was the other Cougar to score in double figures with 12 points. SXU came out strong leading by as many as 10 points multiple times in the first half, but the Crimson Wave kept storming back and cut the deficit to two points, 34-32, at the half. The second half was back-and-forth with the score tied eight times before the Cougars were finally able to pull away for good in the closing minutes.

Saint Xavier (2-0 overall) heads to Davenport, Iowa, this weekend to play in the Saint Ambrose University Classic. The Cougars open with a 5 p.m. game on Saturday, November 13, against AIB College of Business (Iowa) and then close things out on Sunday with a 1 p.m. game against host Saint Ambrose.