Kansas City, Mo. – Saint Xavier University sophomore forward Morgan Stuut (Marcellus, Mich./Three Rivers) came up big in a week when the Cougars needed her the most leading SXU to three key conference wins, including an upset of No. 6 ranked Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.), with a trio of double-doubles during the seven-day stretch ending January 13. Stuut then doubled up in the awards category late Tuesday afternoon when she was named both the NAIA National and Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Women's Basketball Player of the Week after averaging 23.3 points, 15.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks over the three games. She also shot .526 (10-of-19) from beyond the arc and averaged three three-pointers made in those affairs, one of which was against Roosevelt University (Ill.), a team receiving votes in the latest NAIA National Top 25 Poll.
Stuut opened the busy week with 19 points, 16 rebounds, four steals and three assists in an 80-68 win over Indiana University-South Bend (IUSB) last Tuesday. Two nights later, she registered 26 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three steals in the road upset of Olivet Nazarene, 86-69. Stuut, who now has 12 double-doubles on the season and four in a row, closed out her three-game barrage with 25 points, 19 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in an 81-61 home win over Roosevelt. For the season, Stuut is currently averaging 19.5 points per game (No. 8 in the nation) and 11.6 rebounds per contest (No. 4 nationally). She is also shooting .436 from beyond the three-point arc, which ranks her ninth best at the national level. The CCAC recognition marks the third time this season that Stuut has been so honored and the first time a player from the league has been acknowledged at the national level this year. It was the first time a SXU women's basketball player has earned the national recognition since former standout Erin Hannemann did it back on February 3, 2009.
Saint Xavier (16-3 overall/11-3 CCAC) moved to within a game of first place in the conference standings with the three victories this past week, part of a current nine-game winning streak for the Cougars. SXU continues its regular season slate on Wednesday, January 16, with a home match-up against conference foe Trinity Christian College (Ill.). The game is scheduled for a 5 p.m. tip-off at the Shannon Center in Chicago.