Senior guard Shalonda Young had team-bests of 23 points and 13 rebounds
Senior guard Shalonda Young had team-bests of 23 points and 13 rebounds
Trinity International University (Ill.)
(6)Saint Xavier
Women's Basketball - Tue, Nov. 16, 2010

CHICAGO - Behind team-highs of 23 points and 13 rebounds by senior guard Shalonda Young (Chicago, Ill./Crane Tech), the No. 6 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team held off a strong second-half run by Trinity International University (Ill.) to pick up a 79-71 victory Tuesday night at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars (4-1 overall) led 49-29 at the halftime break behind strong shooting and stingy defense, but the Trojans regrouped and were able to close to within two points, 70-68, with just two-and-a-half minutes to play in the game. Fortunately for SXU, junior guard Marissa Young (Monroe, Wis./St. Joseph's College/Monroe) came through in the clutch scoring eight of her team's final nine points.

Marissa Young finished the game right behind Shalonda Young with 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists. She was also a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line in Tuesday's win. Sophomore point guard Romisha Taylor (Chicago, Ill./Von Stueben) also had a nice outing for SXU Tuesday finishing with nine points and seven assists. The Cougars shot 53 percent (17-for-32) in first-half action and led by as many as 25 points (49-24) with 1:29 remaining before halftime. TIU was led by senior forward Reanna Perera, who finished with a game-high 24 points.

Saint Xavier (4-1 overall) heads downtown to face NCAA Division I Loyola University (Ill.) in an exhibition game on Saturday, November 20. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. at the Gentile Center.