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
(10)Saint Xavier
Indiana University-South Bend
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.