Notre Dame, Ind. - The dynamic sophomore duo of Morgan Stuut (Marcellus, Mich./Three Rivers) and Suzie Broski (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) combined for 40 points to lead No. 14 ranked Saint Xavier University to a 76-58 victory over Holy Cross College (Ind.) in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) women's basketball regular season finale for both teams Saturday afternoon at McKenna Arena in Notre Dame, Ind. Stuut finished with game-bests of 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Broski added 19 points toward the winning effort. With the victory, SXU wraps up the regular season with a 24-5 overall record and 17-5 mark in the final CCAC standings. With the overtime victory by Roosevelt University (Ill.) over Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) earlier this afternoon, Saint Xavier has secured the No. 2 seed in next week's CCAC Tournament.
Freshman forward Caitlin McMahon (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) had a solid outing off the bench for the Cougars Saturday recording 10 points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Lauren Malinowski and junior forward Francesca McCarthy each scored 10 points to lead the Saints. Neither team got off to a hot start and things stayed close over the first nine minutes of play. With the score knotted at 12-12 with 11 minutes remaining in the first half, back-to-back jumpers by Broski sparked an 18-7 run for Saint Xavier which gave them a 30-19 advantage with just under five minutes left in the frame. The Cougars finished the half strong behind some big buckets in the post and took a 39-25 lead into the locker room at halftime. The lead was never threatened in the second half as SXU maintained a double-digit edge the rest of the way. Defense was key to the victory as the Cougars racked up 15 steals en route to 20 Holy Cross turnovers on the afternoon.
Saint Xavier (24-5 overall/17-5 CCAC) gets a first-round bye in next week's conference tournament due to its No. 2 seed and will kick off postseason play on Wednesday, February 20. The Cougars will face the winner of the Monday's first round match-up between No. 7 seed Indiana University-South Bend (Ind.) and No. 10 Trinity International University (Ill.). The second round game takes place at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Shannon Center in Chicago.