Hammond, Ind. – Hitting just 33 percent of its shot attempts (14-for-42) and scoring only 30 points in the second half, the No. 7 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team fell behind late and could not recover dropping a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) game to Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.), 85-70, at the PUC Fitness & Recreation Center Saturday afternoon in Hammond, Ind. The Cougars (7-2 overall/7-2 CCAC) had three players score in double figures led by 12 points apiece from sophomore guard Suzie Broski (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) and freshman forward Caitlin McMahon (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East). With the loss, SXU wraps up a six-game win streak that began back on November 14.
Sophomore guard/forward Morgan Stuut (Marcellus, Mich./Three Rivers) notched her seventh double-double effort of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds, but struggled shooting the ball Saturday hitting just 26 percent of her shot attempts from the field (5-for-19). Things looked bright early on for Saint Xavier with the visitors taking a six-point lead, 12-6, in the game's opening six minutes. A three-pointer by Stuut kept the lead at six points, 19-13, midway through the first half. However, the Peregrines stormed back and erased the lead and the game went back and forth for the remainder of the period. With seconds remaining before halftime, McMahon sunk a lay-up that allowed the Cougars to go into the locker room for the break trailing by just a bucket, 42-40.
SXU took a brief one-point lead, 47-46, early on in the second half on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Maloree Johnson (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic), but that would be it as PUC went on an 11-4 run over the game's next six minutes to take the lead for good. A lay-up by Stuut cut the deficit to six points, 74-68, with just under three minutes remaining in regulation, but the Peregrines hit seven of their final 10 free throws in the game's last three minutes to protect the lead. The Cougars did a good job of protecting the basketball Saturday committing just seven turnovers in the game.
Saint Xavier (7-2 overall/7-2 CCAC) takes a week-long break before returning to play on Sunday, December 16, with a conference game against rival University of St. Francis (Ill.). The home game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start at the Shannon Center in Chicago.