Sioux City, Iowa - Saint Xavier University sophomore guard/forward Morgan Stuut (Marcellus, Mich./Three Rivers) was one of just 10 players nationwide to claim a spot on the 2012-13 NAIA Division II Women's Basketball All-America First Team when the national office released the honors Wednesday afternoon. The All-America Teams are selected by the NAIA All-America committee. In addition, senior guard Maureen Riley (Alma, Mich./Sacred Heart Academy) represented the SXU women's basketball team as a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete earlier this week. To be named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete, a player must have reached at least junior academic status and have a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale.
Stuut was named the 2012-13 CCAC Women's Basketball Player of the Year and was recognized as the NAIA Women's Basketball National Player of the Week back on January 15. She finished second in the conference in scoring averaging 17.8 points per game and led the league in rebounding averaging 11.3 boards a game. Stuut finished the season ranked No. 4 nationally in rebounds per game and No. 16 in points per game. She was also a shot-blocking force for the Cougars this season averaging 1.3 blocks a game, which ranked her No. 39 in the NAIA and sixth in the conference.
Saint Xavier finished the 2012-13 campaign with a 25-7 overall record and finished in a four-way tie for second place in the highly competitive Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) with a 17-5 mark. The Cougars finished the regular season ranked No. 18 in the final NAIA Top 25 Poll and qualified for the second round of NAIA Division II National Championships last week.