Senior Shalonda Young posted 19 points and 10 rebounds Tuesday
Senior Shalonda Young posted 19 points and 10 rebounds Tuesday
Grace College
(5)Saint Xavier
Women's Basketball - Tue, Dec. 28, 2010

CHICAGO - Junior guard Marissa Young (Monroe, Wis./St. Joseph's College/Monroe) and senior guard Shalonda Young (Chicago, Ill./Crane Tech) combined for 46 points and 18 rebounds to lead No. 5 Saint Xavier University to an impressive 69-59 win over Grace College (Ind.) on day two of the 2010 SXU Holiday Women's Basketball Tournament on Tuesday evening at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars (9-4 overall) trailed 35-28 at the half, but used a suffocating defense after the break which caused the Lancers to shoot just 21 percent (7-for-33) from the field in the final frame. SXU advances to Wednesday's 7 p.m. tournament championship with the victory, while Grace College falls to 10-4 overall this season and will play in the 5 p.m. third-place game tomorrow.

Senior point guard Alex Barone (Joliet, Ill./Marian Catholic) also scored in double figures Tuesday posting 10 points to go along with her eight rebounds. It was a rough first half for the Cougars, who shot just 25 percent (7-for-28) from the floor and trailed by seven points at the break, 35-28. Marissa Young gave SXU its only lead of the first half when she hit a three-pointer just over four minutes into the game to put her team ahead, 12-11. The Lancers led by as many as 11 points in first-half action.

It took the Cougars just two minutes to tie things up to open the second half after a flurry of lay-ups by Barone and the Young pair. However, Grace would fight back and build its lead back up to double digits, 48-38, with 14 minutes to play in regulation. A lay-up by Shalonda Young capped a 12-2 scoring run to tie the game, 50-50, midway through the second half. The two teams would battle over the next eight minutes before the Cougars were able to hit some key free throws in the final two minutes to pull away for good. Junior forward Danielle Boykin was the only player on Grace College to score in double figures with 16 points, while fellow junior forward Hayley Cashier posted seven points and team-best 10 boards.

Saint Xavier wraps up the tournament on Wednesday, December 29, by taking on University of Saint Francis (Ind.) for the tournament championship. The title game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at the Shannon Center in Chicago.