CHICAGO – Sophomore guard/forward Morgan Stuut (Marcellus, Mich./Three Rivers) had a night to remember as the No. 14 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team hung on to capture a 73-68 non-conference victory over former Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) rival Robert Morris University (Ill.) on "Senior Night" Wednesday evening at the Shannon Center in Chicago. Stuut finished with her 16th double-double of the season and had one of the best all-around outings in SXU women's basketball history with 27 points, 17 rebounds, six assists and six steals. In addition to her big numbers, Stuut also surpassed 1,000 career points in the game and broke the school's single season rebounding record (319), which she set last season as a freshman with 302 boards. With the win, the Cougars improve to 23-5 overall this year.
Sophomore guard Suzie Broski (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) also had a big night netting a double-double as well with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Senior point guard Romisha Taylor (Chicago, Ill./Von Stueben) had a nice performance as well in the final regular season home game of her career tying her own career high mark of 10 assists to go along with her eight points. The Eagles were led by sophomore forward Yolanda De La Torre, who racked up 26 points and 19 rebounds. Saint Xavier controlled most of the first half going ahead by as many 15 points, 30-15, on a fast break lay-up by Taylor with 5:16 left in the first half. However, the momentum shifted over the final five minutes of the frame as RMU went on an 18-5 run to draw within two points, 37-35, at the break.
The second half proved to be a battle as Robert Morris took its first lead of the game, 47-46, on a jumper by De La Torre. The game went back and forth over the next 12 minutes of play and was tied, 64-64, with 3:23 remaining. A three-point play by Stuut with 29 seconds left to play proved to be the difference maker giving the Cougars a 71-68 advantage. RMU had its shot attempt blocked by freshman forward Caitlin McMahon (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) and Broski came away with the rebound to secure the victory. Her two free throws with two seconds left put the game out of reach for the visiting Eagles.
Saint Xavier (23-5 overall/16-5 CCAC) wraps up its regular season slate on Saturday, February 16, with a conference match-up against Holy Cross College (Ind.). The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. (eastern) start in South Bend, Ind.