Senior Alex Barone was honored prior to Tuesday's tip-off for
Senior Alex Barone was honored prior to Tuesday's tip-off for
University of Saint Francis (Ill.)
(17)Saint Xavier
Women's Basketball - Tue, Feb. 22, 2011

CHICAGO - As the last regular season home game for the 2010-11 Saint Xavier University women's basketball team, the squad's two seniors, point guard Alex Barone (Joliet, Ill./Marian Catholic) and guard Shalonda Young (Chicago, Ill./Crane Tech), were honored prior to Tuesday's game for their contributions to the program over the past four seasons. However, the contributions continued to come in a big way after the ceremony as the pair were instrumental in SXU's 95-51 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) victory over rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars were not to be denied from the opening tip jumping out to an 8-0 lead in the first two minutes of play and going ahead, 52-18, at the half.

Young and Barone each finished with 18 points and were both very efficient on the offensive end shooting a combined 15-for-24 (63 percent) from the field. Junior guard Marissa Young (Monroe, Wis./St. Joseph's College/Monroe) led Saint Xavier in scoring with 19 points to go along with a team-best seven assists. Barone was impressive on the defensive end as well finishing with a game-high five steals. As a team, the Cougars did an excellent job of distributing the basketball finishing the game with a season-best 32 assists and 10 of the 11 players on the roster scoring at least a basket. The SXU defense was dominant as well racking up 14 steals, which helped create 24 turnovers by the Fighting Saints, and holding the opposition to just 28 percent shooting in the game (18-for-64). The big win was definitely a team effort with all 11 players on the roster logging at least a rebound and assist toward the outcome.

Saint Xavier (21-6 overall/8-1 CCAC) wraps up its regular season slate on Saturday, February 26, with a conference game against Robert Morris University (Ill.). The game is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start at the Gentile Center in Chicago.