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.