Senior Alex Barone had 13 of her 19 points in the first half Saturday
Senior Alex Barone had 13 of her 19 points in the first half Saturday
Indiana University-South Bend
(10)Saint Xavier
Women's Basketball - Sat, Jan. 29, 2011

CHICAGO - Indiana University-South Bend (IUSB) came into Saturday's Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) women's basketball match-up with No. 10 ranked Saint Xavier University looking to extend its school-record 14-game win streak and make a statement against a nationally-ranked NAIA opponent. Thankfully for the Cougars, senior point guard Alex Barone (Joliet, Ill./Marian Catholic) had a different plan in mind. With 13 of her game-best 19 points coming in the first half, Barone led SXU to a 37-23 halftime lead and carried the momentum to a 69-52 conference victory over the visiting Titans Saturday afternoon at the Shannon Center in Chicago. In addition, senior guard Shalonda Young (Chicago, Ill./Crane Tech) surpassed the 1,000-point milestone for her four-year career with the Cougars.

Young had an impressive all-around effort in Saturday's win recording 12 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. She came into the game with 999 career points and broke the 1,000-point barrier on a short jumper just two minutes and 44 seconds into play. Junior guard Marissa Young (Monroe, Wis./St. Joseph's College/Monroe) also played well for Saint Xavier with 13 points and seven rebounds, while junior forward Mary Kusner (Des Plaines, Ill./Maine West) provided a big lift off the bench with 10 points and three boards. Senior guard Katie Hacker led IUSB with a double-double effort of 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Midway through the first half, the Cougars used a 15-4 scoring run to take a 24-12 lead with just seven minutes remaining in the first half. SXU extended the lead later in the frame and led by as many as 17 points before taking a 14-point advantage into the locker room. The second half was more of the same as the Cougars never let their lead get below double figures. SXU shot a stellar 57 percent (13-for-23) from the field in first-half action to set the tone for the rest of the game.

Saint Xavier (14-6 overall/2-1 CCAC) opens the month of February with a road match-up against CCAC rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) on Tuesday, February 1. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip-off in Joliet, Ill.