Kansas City, Mo. – Just two weeks after its 75-57 victory over No. 22 Campbellsville University (Ky.) in the first round of the 2012 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championships, the Saint Xavier University women's basketball team made its final jump in the rankings moving up two spots to No. 13 in the 2011-12 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Postseason Top 25 Poll released earlier this week by the NAIA national office. The Cougars finished as the highest ranking team from the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) passing Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.). ONU was ranked No. 11 in the final regular season poll, but fell six spots to No. 17 in the postseason poll following its 84-83 first round loss to then-No. 20 ranked Shorter College (Ga.).
"It is nice to see our team rewarded for its play at the national tournament with the move up in the rankings," said SXU women's basketball coach Bob Hallberg. "The team worked extremely hard throughout the season and to finish the year as the highest ranked team in the conference is a special accomplishment for our players. We have quite a few young players on our team and it was a great opportunity for them to see that our program is not just satisfied with making the national tournament, but we want to win down there too."
Saint Xavier had an impressive 2011-12 season posting a 24-9 overall record and winning the CCAC Tournament title for the fourth straight year. Marking its 10thstraight trip to the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championships, the Cougars advanced to the second round of the tournament for the fifth time in the past seven seasons. Following the season, senior guard Marissa Young (Monroe, Wis./St. Joseph's College/Monroe) was named to the second team of the 2011-12 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball All-America Team, while freshman guard/forward Morgan Stuut (Marcellus, Mich./Three Rivers) earned honorable mention recognition.