CHICAGO – Led by game-highs of 24 points, seven steals and six assists by senior guard Marissa Young (Monroe, Wis./St. Joseph's College/Monroe), the No. 14 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team defeated Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) rival University of St. Francis (Ill.), 79-70, Tuesday night at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars (16-6 overall/3-1 CCAC) used their normal defensive pressure to disrupt the Fighting Saints throughout the game racking up 15 SXU steals, which helped generate 21 USF turnovers. Freshman guard/forward Morgan Stuut (Marcellus, Mich./Three Rivers) notched her 11thdouble-double of the season with 22 points and 13 rebounds.
Freshman guard/forward Suzie Broski (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) also had a nice game for the Cougars finishing with 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting from the field, while senior guard Michelle Tourtillott (Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South) scored in double figures as well with 13 points. The Fighting Saints were led by freshman forward Katie Gonnering with 20 points. Saint Xavier never trailed in the game and jumped out to an early 17-4 lead in the game's first four minutes. The Cougars held a double-digit advantage for most of the first half and carried a 44-33 lead into the locker room at halftime. However, midway through the second half, USF began to chip away at the double-digit deficit and was able to close to within a point, 65-64, with 4:21 to play. SXU was able to withstand the late rally attempt and sunk key free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Saint Xavier (16-6 overall/3-1 CCAC) will take on Robert Morris University (Ill.) in conference action on Saturday, February 4. Originally scheduled as a road game for SXU, the game will now be played at the Shannon Center starting at 1 p.m. due to scheduling conflicts with RMU's home arena.