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
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
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.