Junior guard Marissa Young led all scorers with 22 points for SXU Saturday
Junior guard Marissa Young led all scorers with 22 points for SXU Saturday
Robert Morris University
(18)Saint Xavier
Women's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 5, 2011

CHICAGO - Junior guard Marissa Young (Monroe, Wis./St. Joseph's College/Monroe) led all scorers with a game-best 22 points to help give the No. 18 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team a 71-60 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) victory over Robert Morris University (Ill.) Saturday afternoon at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars (16-6 overall/4-1 CCAC) racked up 15 steals as a team, which helped generate 28 turnovers by the visiting Lady Eagles. SXU scored 26 of its 71 points off the RMU miscues Saturday, including 10 off fast-break buckets.

Also shining for the Cougars in the game were senior guard Shalonda Young (Chicago, Ill./Crane Tech), senior point guard Alex Barone (Joliet, Ill./Marian Catholic) and freshman point guard Jordan Brandt (Winamac, Ind./Winamac). Shalonda Young finished with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Barone posted 13 points and team-bests of five assists and five steals. Brandt was huge off the bench Saturday dropping 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting from the field, while also pulling down seven rebounds. Senior guard Jerita Gordon led Robert Morris with 16 points, while senior forward Morgan Clark chipped in a double-double performance of 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Cougars trailed early on by a score of 17-11 before using a 22-10 run to take a six-point lead, 33-27, with four minutes to play in the first half. A lay-up by Barone before the end of the frame would give SXU a 39-31 advantage at halftime. RMU fought back in the early part of the second half and closed to within three points, 44-41, with 13:35 to play. That was as close as it would get the rest of the way as the Cougars pushed their lead to double figures and closed out the game on a high note.

Saint Xavier (16-6 overall/4-1 CCAC) continues its home stand on Wednesday, February 9, with a non-conference game against Trinity Christian College (Ill.). The match-up is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start.