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.