CHICAGO - Behind career-high point totals for juniors Marissa Young (Monroe, Wis./St.
Joseph's College/Monroe) and Brittany Jones (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew), the No.
18 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team definitely helped its
quest for a seventh straight Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) regular
season crown by knocking off No. 12 Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.), 111-97,
Tuesday evening at the Shannon Center in Chicago. Young dropped 34 points and seven assists on
the Tigers, while Jones put up 19 points and nine rebounds toward the winning
effort. SXU (19-6 overall/6-1 CCAC) also
snapped ONU's (22-5 overall/6-1 CCAC) 13-game win streak with Tuesday's big victory.
In addition to Young and Jones, two other Cougars scored in double figures
with senior guard Shalonda Young (Chicago, Ill./Crane Tech) posting 22 points
to go along with eight rebounds and five steals, while senior point guard Alex Barone (Joliet, Ill./Marian Catholic) chipped in 10 points and eight assists
toward the winning effort. Junior guard
Holly Schacht led Olivet Nazarene with 16 points, which included a game-best
four three-pointers. Saint Xavier did a
great job of limiting the production of ONU's leading scorer, senior forward
Simone Coburn, who finished the night with one point and missed her only field
goal attempt from the field (0-1).
Coburn came into the game leading the NAIA in field goal percentage at
In fact, as a team, the Tigers came into Tuesday's game leading the NAIA in
a number of statistical categories, including scoring (105.7 ppg), steals (23.5
spg), total rebounds (54.7 rpg) and assists (22.4 apg). However, the Cougars were able to hold the
visitors under their norms in every one of those categories allowing just 97
points, 11 steals, 46 rebounds and 20 assists.
Saint Xavier turned the table on an opponent used to causing turnovers
more than it commits them. Olivet
Nazarene finished the game with 29 turnovers and the home team took full
advantage racking up 34 points off the miscues.
SXU went ahead by eight, 21-13, in the game's first seven minutes, but ONU
would battle back and took a two-point lead, 23-21, on a three-pointer by
sophomore forward Sandy Cabadas with 11:40 to play in the half. The rest of the first half was extremely
tight, but a lay-up at the buzzer by Marissa Young gave the Cougars a
four-point halftime lead, 51-47. Saint
Xavier came out firing early in the second half and built an 11-point
advantage, 66-55, over the opening five minutes. SXU would push the lead up to 15 points
before ONU used a 20-8 scoring run to close the gap to three, 86-83, with 7:30
remaining. Luckily for the Cougars, the
team had plenty of gas left in the tank and used a 19-6 run over the game's
next five minutes to seal the win.
Saint Xavier (19-6 overall/6-1 CCAC) heads to South Bend, Ind., on
Saturday, February 19, to take on CCAC foe Indiana University-South Bend (IUSB). The game is scheduled for a 12 p.m. start