CHICAGO – Celebrating her 22nd birthday, senior point guard Romisha Taylor (Chicago, Ill./Von Strueben) proved to be in the giving mood dishing out a career-high tying 10 assists in helping lead the No. 8 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team to a commanding 76-40 victory over Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) foe Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) Saturday afternoon at the Shannon Center in Chicago. However, Taylor was not completely in the giving spirit Saturday tying another career-best mark with five steals on the day to go along with her eight points. Sophomore guard Suzie Broski (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) led the Cougars in scoring finishing with 17 points on stellar 8-for-12 shooting from the floor. With the win, SXU extends its current streak to 13 straight victories dating back to December 18, 2012.
There was no shortage of noteworthy performances in Saturday's victory with every player on the active roster posting at least two points and a rebound. Sophomore guard/forward Morgan Stuut (Marcellus, Mich./Three Rivers) tallied 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocks, while junior point guard Jordan Brandt (Winamac, Ind./Winamac) chipped in eight points and five steals. Freshman forward Caitlin McMahon (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) led Saint Xavier on the boards pulling down a game-best 12 rebounds in addition to her seven points. Junior forward Chrissy Heine (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) also scored eight points for SXU. Calumet College was led by junior forward Dominique Edwards with 18 points.
The Cougars jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the game's first minutes on a run capped on a lay-up by Broski. The Crimson Wave struggled shooting the ball in the early goings hitting just 19 percent of their first-half shot attempts (6-for-31). Turnovers also plagued Calumet College in the first half as Saint Xavier racked up 10 steals, which helped lead to 14 miscues by the visitors in the opening frame. The shooting struggles and turnovers by the Crimson Wave helped Saint Xavier pull away with the Cougars establishing a commanding 32-14 lead at halftime. The second half proved to be more of the same as SXU came out firing using a 15-2 run to start the frame and building a 47-16 advantage with 15:23 to play.
Saint Xavier (20-3 overall/14-3 CCAC) travels to Elgin, Ill., for its next game to take on Judson University (Ill.) in conference action on Wednesday, January 30. The game is set for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.