Adrian, Mich. - Junior guard Suzie Broski (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) scored 14 points to lead No. 9 Saint Xavier University, but No. 16 ranked Siena Heights University (Mich.) pulled away late to hand SXU an 84-67 loss in top-ranked NAIA women's basketball action Saturday afternoon at the SHU Tournament in Adrian, Mich. Both teams shot 43 percent from the field, but the host Saints won the rebounding battle, 42-33, and the Cougars committed 25 fouls sending SHU to the line 36 times for 28 points off free throws. Senior point guard Jordan Brandt (Winamac, Ind./Winamac) also scored in double figures for Saint Xavier Saturday with 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting from the floor.
Junior forward Morgan Stuut (Marcellus, Mich./Three Rivers) just missed another double-double outing for the Cougars with eight points and game-best 11 rebounds in addition to her six assists and four steals. Senior guard Niara Harris (Richton Park, Ill./Robert Morris/Rich South) and sophomore forward Caitlin McMahon (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) each chipped in nine points. Saint Xavier struggled to find its long-range shot hitting just one of 11 three-point attempts in the game. The Cougars led by as many as five, 13-8, in the opening minutes of play, but the Saints tied the game shortly after, one of 10 tie scores in the first half.
Siena Heights took a four-point lead into halftime, 40-36. SXU tied the game early in the second half, 44-44, on a lay-up by Broski, but Siena Heights answered with a 10-2 run and never trailed the rest of the way. The Cougars cut the deficit to three points multiple times after the break, but critical turnovers and missed shots in the closing minutes allowed the Saints to pull away.
Saint Xavier (5-3 overall/1-1 CCAC) wraps up play at the Siena Heights Tournament on Sunday, December 1, with a tough match-up against No. 11 ranked Shawnee State University (Ohio). The game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. (eastern) tip-off in Adrian, Mich.