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."
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.