Joliet, Ill. – With the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Tournament wrapping up over the weekend, the Saint Xavier University women's basketball team got some great news Monday morning when sophomore guard/forward Morgan Stuut (Marcellus, Mich./Three Rivers) was named the 2012-13 CCAC Women's Basketball Player of the Year and joined fellow sophomore teammate, guard Suzie Broski (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) on the 2012-13 All-CCAC Women's Basketball Team when the honors were released by the conference. Stuut earned first team recognition, while Broski earned a spot on the second team. Both players were named to the 2011-12 All-CCAC Women's Basketball Team as freshmen last season.
Stuut averaged a double-double and ranked in the top 10 of conference leaders in six different statistical categories. She averaged 17.3 points (third in the CCAC) and 11.2 rebounds per game (first) in league contests, while ranking fourth in the conference in free throw percentage (.804) and blocked shots (1.7 per game). Stuut was also seventh in three-point field goal percentage (.352) and ninth in steals (2.1 per game). Her other numbers included an average of 3.2 assists per game. Broski ranked sixth in the conference in scoring (16.1 ppg) and tied for fifth in the league in field goal percentage (.518).
Due to its national ranking in the NAIA Top 25, Saint Xavier will likely earn an at-large bid to the 2013 NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championships. The 32-team tournament kicks off on Wednesday, March 6, in Sioux City, Iowa. The seeds and pairings for the national tournament are scheduled to be released by the NAIA national office on Wednesday, February 27, at around 7 p.m. (central).