Junior Marissa Young established a new career-high point total with 34 Tuesday
Junior Marissa Young established a new career-high point total with 34 Tuesday
(12)Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.)
(18)Saint Xavier
Women's Basketball - Tue, Feb. 15, 2011

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 69 percent.

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 (eastern).