Deerfield, Ill. – Sophomore guard/forward Morgan Stuut (Marcellus, Mich./Three Rivers) finished with 28 points to lead all scorers as the No. 8 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team got back to its winning ways with a 78-62 road win over Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) foe Trinity International University (Ill.) Saturday evening at the Meyer Sports Complex in Deerfield, Ill. Stuut hit 12 of her 22 shot attempts from the field, while also pulling a team-best tying eight rebounds and dishing out four assists Saturday. The victory ends a two-game skid for the Cougars, who improve to 22-5 overall and 16-5 in conference play. SXU was tough defensively in the game racking up 13 steals, which helped lead to 21 turnovers by the Trojans.
Sophomore guard Suzie Broski (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) and junior guard Niara Harris (Richton Park, Ill./Robert Morris/Rich South) each contributed 10 points for Saint Xavier toward the winning effort. Freshman forward Caitlin McMahon (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) also had a nice outing Saturday nearly hitting a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds. The Cougars started to pull away midway through the first half using a 10-0 run spurred by five points from junior forward Chrissy Heine (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire). The run gave SXU a 26-13 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the first half and the visitors used the momentum to build its largest lead of the frame, 43-26, on a jumper by Harris to close out the half. Saint Xavier led by as many as 25 points (57-32) early in the second half, but the Trojans whittled away at the large deficit over the game's next 10 minutes and cut it to 10, 63-53, with six minutes to play. However, key buckets by Stuut and Harris in the closing minutes put to rest any attempts at a late rally for the Trojans.
Saint Xavier (22-5 overall/16-5 CCAC) hosts a non-conference match-up with Robert Morris University (Ill.) on Wednesday, February 13. The game is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start at the Shannon Center in Chicago.