CHICAGO – Led by four double-digit scorers, the No. 7 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team won its sixth straight game defeating Trinity International University (Ill.), 83-74, in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) play Thursday evening at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars were led by sophomore guard Suzie Broski (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) who scored a season-high 25 points to go along with a game-best three steals. Sophomore guard Morgan Stuut (Marcellus, Mich./Three Rivers) notched her sixth double-double of the season and 20th of her young career posting 10 points and 13 rebounds for SXU.
Both junior guard Jordan Brandt (Winamac, Ind./Winamac) and junior guard Niara Harris (Richton Park, Ill./Robert Morris/Rich South) each hit double figures scoring 13 and 10 points, respectively. The game was close in the early stages with neither team able to build larger than a six-point lead. A jumper by Broski late in the first half capped an 11-0 run and put Saint Xavier ahead, 40-27, with two minutes to play before halftime. However, the Trojans closed out the half with a fury and scored eight unanswered to make it, 40-35, at the break. In the second half, TIU came back to tie things up, 45-45, in the first five minutes of the frame. A 9-2 run for the Cougars pushed the lead back up to seven, but Trinity International did not go away and tied the game again, 65-65, with seven minutes remaining in the game. Back-to-back lay-ups by Brandt in the final three minutes helped SXU pull away for good pushing the lead into double figures.
Saint Xavier (7-1 overall/7-1 CCAC) travels to Hammond, Ind., for its next game against CCAC foe Purdue University-Calumet on Saturday, December 8. The game is set to tip-off at 1:00 p.m. (Central).