CHICAGO - It was a night to remember for Saint Xavier University senior point guard Alex Barone (Joliet, Ill./Marian Catholic). Not only did she have a huge night with 32 points (a career-high), six rebounds, seven steals and five assists to lead the No. 11 ranked Cougars over visiting Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) by a score of 84-62 Tuesday night at the Shannon Center, but she hit a career milestone as well. With 44 seconds remaining in the game, Barone sunk a three-pointer to net 1,000 career points for her four-year, standout career at SXU. Her seven steals in the ballgame also tied her previous career high total in that category.
Barone finished the game shooting an impressive 13-for-17 from the field. Freshman point guard Jordan Brandt (Winamac, Ind./Winamac Community) also had a stellar outing in Tuesday's victory shooting a perfect 4-for-4 from both the floor and the free throw line to post 16 points, which tied her previous career-best scoring total. Senior guard Shalonda Young (Chicago, Ill./Crane Tech) also finished in double figures for the Cougars with 15 points, while junior guard Marissa Young (Monroe, Wis./St. Joseph's College/Monroe) chipped in seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. Senior guard Marianna Herrera led the Wolves with 17 points, including five three-pointers.
Things did not look good early for Saint Xavier as Cardinal Stritch came out strong and took a 18-7 lead over the game's first eight minutes. However, the Cougars used a 12-0 run behind six points apiece by Barone and junior forward Mary Kusner (Des Plaines, Ill./Maine West) to take a one-point lead, 19-18, with nine minutes to play in the first half. SXU would carry the momentum the rest of the frame and took a 44-34 lead into the break. The second half was all Cougars as the team led by double figures for nearly the remainder of the game and led by as many as 24 points. SXU was tough defensively racking up 13 steals, which helped to force 27 CSU turnovers. The Cougars scored 39 points off Wolves' miscues.
Saint Xavier (12-5 overall/1-0 CCAC) takes on Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) for a non-conference match-up on Saturday, January 22. The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start (central) in Hammond, Ind.