Senior Alex Barone - NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Second Team All-American
Senior Alex Barone - NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Second Team All-American
Women's Basketball - Wed, Mar. 23, 2011

Kansas City, Mo. - Saint Xavier University senior point guard Alex Barone (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) earned second team honors on the 2010-11 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball All-America Team to highlight three SXU players represented on the squad when the prestigious postseason recognition was released early Wednesday. In addition to Barone, senior guard Shalonda Young (Chicago, Ill./Crane Tech) and junior guard Marissa Young (Monroe, Wis./St. Joseph's College/Monroe) also secured honorable mention spots on the All-America Team. It was the second straight year that Shalonda Young was named to the honorable mention squad.

The Cougars also had four players named as 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Scholar-Athletes in Barone, Marissa Young, junior forward Brittany Jones (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) and junior guard Michelle Tourtillott (Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South). In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.

Barone was the spark plug for the Saint Xavier offense as the team's starting point guard and season leader in assists (108). She also averaged 15.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 steals a game as a senior. Shalonda Young posted averages of 15.5 points and team-high 7.8 rebounds per game for the Cougars, while Marissa Young led SXU in both scoring average (17.5 points per game) and steals (3.7 spg).

Saint Xavier wrapped up another impressive season last week finishing with an overall record of 24-7. The Cougars also won the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) regular season and tournament titles and qualified for the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship for the ninth straight year. SXU was ranked No. 12 nationally in the final 2010-11 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Top 25 Poll.