Freshman Suzie Broski finished Wednesday's game with 17 points and five rebounds
Freshman Suzie Broski finished Wednesday's game with 17 points and five rebounds
(10) Saint Xavier
Roosevelt University
Women's Basketball - Wed, Dec. 28, 2011

CHICAGO – Behind 17 points and five rebounds by freshman guard Suzie Broski (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic), the No. 10 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team pulled away in second-half action to earn a 74-56 victory over Roosevelt University (Ill.) Wednesday on the second day of the 2011 SXU Holiday Tournament at the Shannon Center in Chicago.  With the win, the Cougars (12-3 overall) advance to Thursday's tournament championship and will take on No. 4 ranked Davenport University (Mich.) at 7 p.m.  Senior guard Marissa Young (Monroe, Wis./St. Joseph's College/Monroe) and freshman guard Morgan Stuut (Marcellus, Mich./Three Rivers) also scored in double figures for Saint Xavier with Young posting 17 points and Stuut netting her seventh double-double of the year with 13 points and 11 rebounds.   

The game was tight throughout the first half.  A three-pointer by Young at the 13:22 mark of the period gave the Cougars a 13-7 lead, but the Lakers fought back and took their first lead of the game, 19-17, midway through the frame on a lay-up by sophomore guard Kristin Marshall.  Late in the half, a jumper by Broski pushed the SXU lead back up to six points, 37-31, but again Roosevelt closed the gap and a pair of free throws by sophomore guard Tori Clark made it a one-point halftime advantage for the Cougars, 38-37. 

A pair of three-pointers by senior guard Michelle Tourtillott (Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South) early in the second half helped Saint Xavier go ahead by seven points, 47-40.  A three-point play by Clark cut the lead to just three points, 49-46, with 13:13 left to play in the game.  A lay-up by Young a minute later sparked a 9-0 run for the Cougars and pushed the lead to double digits, 58-46.  With just over eight minutes remaining, the Lakers trailed by five points, 59-54, but the SXU defense tightened and allowed just two points more the rest of the game to end the game with a 15-2 run.  Roosevelt shot just 19 percent (6-for-32) from the field after the halftime break.  

Saint Xavier (12-3 overall) takes on No. 4 Davenport University (Mich.) for the tournament championship on Thursday, December 29.  The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at the Shannon Center.