Senior Alex Barone earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team
Senior Alex Barone earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team
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Women's Basketball - Tue, Dec. 21, 2010

Daytona Beach, Fla. - Senior point guard Alex Barone (Joliet, Ill./Marian Catholic) led No. 5 ranked Saint Xavier University with 23 points and four steals, but No. 6 Freed Hardeman University (Tenn.) proved to be too much at the Daytona Beach Shootout Monday taking a 78-55 decision at the ICI Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Cougars (7-4 overall) struggled to get into an offensive rhythm during the first half shooting just 24 percent from the field (6-for-25) and also committing 11 turnovers in the opening frame. SXU trailed, 39-21, at the half following the slow start and never got closer than 13 points the rest of the game. Following the game, Barone was named to the Daytona Beach Shootout all-tournament team.

"We knew that this was going to be a tough trip since we were matching up against two of best centers in the NAIA from both Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and Freed-Hardeman, but we also had two bad games shooting the basketball," said Saint Xavier University women's basketball coach Bob Hallberg. "The team played hard throughout the tournament, but we just did not have our shooting touch. Hopefully, we get it back after the holiday break. At least now we get to close out the trip with a day at Disney World."

Junior guard Marissa Young (Monroe, Wis./St. Joseph's College/Monroe) was the other Cougar to score in double figures Monday with 11 points. Junior guard Michelle Tourtillott (Park Ridge, Ill/Maine South) had a team-high six rebounds for the Cougars. Senior center Meribeth Boehler led the Lions in the win finishing with game-highs of 25 points and 16 rebounds, while sophomore guard Natalie Shumpert contributed 17 points and a game-high seven assists. Freed Hardeman would shoot 80 percent from three-point range (4-for-5) in the second half to keep SXU from mounting a comeback.

Saint Xavier (7-4 overall) takes the Christmas holiday off before resuming play in the SXU Christmas Tournament against Spring Hill College (Ala.) on Monday, December 27. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. (central) tip-off.