Sophomore Morgan Stuut continued her stellar play Saturday with 25 points and 19 rebounds against Roosevelt
Sophomore Morgan Stuut continued her stellar play Saturday with 25 points and 19 rebounds against Roosevelt
(RV)Roosevelt University
(11)Saint Xavier
Women's Basketball - Sat, Jan. 12, 2013

CHICAGO – Hitting 58 percent of its shot attempts (21-for-36) and scoring 50 points in the second half, the No. 11 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team overcame a slow start to take down Roosevelt University (Ill.), 81-61, in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action Saturday afternoon at the Shannon Center in Chicago.  It is the ninth straight victory for the Cougars, who improve to 16-3 overall and 11-3 in the conference standings.  The Lakers drop to 16-5 on the season with the loss and are now also 11-3 in CCAC play.  Sophomore guard/forward Morgan Stuut (Marcellus, Mich./Three Rivers) had another monster performance for SXU posting game-bests of 25 points and 19 rebounds.  Freshman forward Caitlin McMahon (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) also notched a double-double effort for the Cougars with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Sophomore guard Suzie Broski (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) finished in double figures in scoring for Saint Xavier chipping in 16 points on efficient 8-for-16 shooting (50 percent) from the floor.  Senior point guard Romisha Taylor (Chicago, Ill./Von Stueben) proved key to SXU's offensive success on the afternoon as well with eight points and game-best seven assists.  Roosevelt was paced by junior guard Casey Davis with 17 points, while junior guard Tori Clark finished with 11 points and team-leading 11 rebounds.  It was not a smooth start for the Cougars with the hosts hitting just 30 percent (11-for-37) of their first-half shot attempts and falling behind by as many as six points on multiple occasions.  SXU trailed by five, 36-31, at the halftime break, but came out with a renewed energy in the second half opening the frame with a 20-1 run.  Leading 51-37 with 12 minutes remaining in the game, the Cougars maintained their double-digit advantage the rest of the way going ahead by as many as 22 points, 76-54, in the closing minutes. 

Saint Xavier (16-3 overall/11-3 CCAC) takes on CCAC rival Trinity Christian College (Ill.) on Wednesday, January 16, at the Shannon Center.  The game is set to tip-off at 5 p.m.