Bourbonnais, Ill. - Logging arguably the greatest single game performance in Saint Xavier University women's basketball history, junior forward Morgan Stuut (Marcellus, Mich./Three Rivers) notched her second triple-double of the season in No. 8 ranked SXU's 117-80 victory over Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) rival Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) Saturday afternoon at McHie Arena in Bourbonnais, Ill. Stuut finished with a new school record 40 points and school record-tying 23 rebounds as well as 11 assists, which fell two short of tying Saint Xavier's single-game record in that category, and game-high seven steals as well. She also became SXU's all-time career leader in rebounding (933) surpassing former standout Erin Hannemann, who racked up 932 career caroms from 2006-10.
Stuut was not the only SXU player with a big game Saturday as junior guard Suzie Broski (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) established a new career-best in scoring with 30 points hitting 15 of her 25 shot attempts from the field. Senior guard Niara Harris (Richton Park, Ill./Robert Morris/Rich South) also had a solid outing for the Cougars finishing with 17 points on efficient 7-for-9 shooting. Saint Xavier shot a season-high 59 percent (52-for-88) from the field in the game. The Cougars were dominant in every facet of the game winning the rebounding battle, 54-32, and posting 36 assists and 21 steals as well. The Tigers had trouble taking care of the basketball committing 33 turnovers in the game.
SXU led nearly the entire game going ahead 14-7 early on and took a 38-24 lead at the 9:00 mark of the first half on an offensive rebound and put-back by junior forward Margaret Wildner (Oak Lawn, Ill./Mother McAuley). The Cougars carried the momentum into halftime taking a 60-42 lead into the locker room at the break after tough defense helped force 19 first-half Olivet turnovers. It was more of the same in the second half as SXU extended its big lead to as many as 38 points with just over five minutes left in the game. The 117 points was the most scored in a game by the Cougars since 118 against ONU back on January 14, 2008.
Saint Xavier (17-3 overall/7-1 CCAC) returns home to host conference foe Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) on Wednesday, January 22. The game is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start at the Shannon Center in Chicago.