Senior Alex Barone - 2010-11 CCAC Women's Basketball Player of the Year
Senior Alex Barone - 2010-11 CCAC Women's Basketball Player of the Year
Women's Basketball - Sat, Mar. 5, 2011

Joliet, Ill. - Senior point guard Alex Barone (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) highlighted three Saint Xavier University players on the 2010-11 All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Division I Women's Basketball Team by netting the league's Player of the Year award when the honors were announced in conjunction with Saturday's CCAC Tournament championship game. Senior guard Shalonda Young (Chicago, Ill./Crane Tech) and junior guard Marissa Young (Monroe, Wis./St. Joseph's College/Monroe) also earned first-team recognition on this year's all-conference squad for the Cougars. It is the third straight year that SXU has garnered the CCAC's Player of the Year award after former standout Erin Hannemann (Homer Glen, Ill./Providence Catholic) won the previous two in 2009 and 2010.

Barone, who gained selection on the first team for the third straight year, finished among the top eight players in the conference in no fewer than five categories. She ranked third in the league in scoring (15.0 points per game), assists (3.0) and steals (3.2), seventh in field goal percentage (.471) and eighth in free throw percentage (.696). Barone also averaged 4.0 rebounds per game. In just conference games, she turned in the highest averages in the league for assists (4.7) and steals (3.7). Shalonda Young averaged 15.7 points and team-best 7.8 rebounds a game this season finishing as one of the CCAC's top performers in both categories. Marissa Young led the conference in scoring averaging 17.9 points per game. She also led the Cougars with 110 steals and finished second in the CCAC in steals per game with a 3.7 average.

Saint Xavier also had six players named to the 2010-11 CCAC All-Academic Team this season. Barone and Marissa Young were joined by junior forward Brittany Jones (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew), sophomore guard Maureen Riley (Alma, Mich./Sacred Heart Academy), sophomore point guard Romisha Taylor (Chicago, Ill./Von Stueben) and junior guard Michelle Tourtillott (Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South) on the squad. To qualify, a player must be at least a sophomore and have maintained a 3.25 cumulative grade-point average or above.