Kansas City, Mo. – Saint Xavier University senior guard Marissa Young (Monroe, Wis./St. Joseph's College/Monroe) and freshman guard/forward Morgan Stuut (Marcellus, Mich./Three Rivers) both earned recognition on the 2011-12 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball All-America Teams when the honors were released by the national office Wednesday afternoon. Young was one of 10 players in the nation to claim second team honors, while Stuut was named to the honorable mention squad. The selections are made by the NAIA Women's Basketball All-America Committee and comprises a First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention Team. There are 10 members on each of the first three All-America teams.
Young averaged team-bests of 17.3 points, 3.9 assists and 3.8 steals and was also named the 2012 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Division I Women's Basketball Player of the Year earlier this month. In addition, she earned a first team spot on the 2011-12 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Women's Basketball Team as well as honorable mention recognition on the 2012 Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NAIA Coaches' All-America Team this season. Stuut became the first player in SXU women's basketball history to pull down over 300 rebounds in a season (302) and also finished second on the team in scoring with an average of 15.2 points per game. She logged 14 double-doubles in her debut season with the Cougars.
"I am so happy and proud of both Marissa and Morgan," said SXU women's basketball coach Bob Hallberg. "Marissa has had a special career here at Saint Xavier University and I know this award means a lot to her. I also think the fact that Morgan earned All-American status as a freshman is quite an accomplishment and speaks volumes about the type of player that she is. Both of these young women have one thing in common and that is an amazing work ethic."
Saint Xavier had an impressive 2011-12 season posting a 24-9 overall record and winning the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Tournament title for the fourth straight year. Marking its 10thstraight trip to the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championships, the Cougars won their first round game over No. 22 ranked Campbellsville University (Ky.), 75-57, last Thursday and advanced to the second round of the tournament for the fifth time in the past seven seasons.