CHICAGO – With its No. 8 national ranking and the fact that the squad is riding one of the program's lengthiest win streaks at 13 games, the Saint Xavier University women's basketball team has had plenty to talk about heading into its final month of the 2012-13 regular season. However, this year's successes have practically become the norm for a program that just achieved its 13th straight 20-win season. In fact, the Cougars have reached the 20-win mark in every season under SXU head women's basketball coach Bob Hallberg, who created the program back in 2000.
"People ask me all the time what is the secret to your program's success year after year," said Hallberg. "I always give the same answer…we get talented student-athletes. When we recruit, we try to find players who are committed to the ideals that represent Saint Xavier University and want to keep the tradition of excellence of our program and the University intact."
The Cougars are currently 20-3 overall and in a three-way tie for first place in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) standings with a 14-3 mark. SXU also has the highest national ranking among its conference competition at No. 8. The 13-game streak is the longest for the program since the 2009-10 campaign when the team won 14 straight en route to a 31-2 overall record and its deepest postseason finish (Elite Eight).