Joliet, Ill. - Saint Xavier University junior forward Morgan Stuut (Marcellus, Mich./Three Rivers) continues to amaze. In a week in which she earned her sixth Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Women's Basketball Player of the Week award, Stuut had arguably the best game in the 15-year history of the SXU women's basketball program. In a 117-80 conference victory over Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) Saturday, she broke three single-game records and tied one more when she notched her second triple-double of the season with 40 points, 23 rebounds and 11 assists.
Stuut broke the records for points scored, field goals made (17) and field goals attempted (26), while tying the single-game mark for most rebounds. Stuut was also just two assists shy of tying the single-game record for that category. To go along with those numbers, Stuut was also credited with seven steals and one block against ONU, which came into the game among others receiving votes in the latest NAIA coaches' poll. Earlier in the week, Stuut recorded her 14th double-double of the season with 11 points and 18 rebounds in a 92-42 non-conference win over Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) last Wednesday. Stuut was 5-of-7 from the field that night and also dished out five assists.
The NAIA National Player of the Week one week ago, Stuut has a chance to repeat this week after averaging 25.5 points, 20.5 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game in the two contests. She also shot .667 from both the field (22-of-33) and beyond the arc (2-of-3) and was perfect at the foul line (5-of-5). Stuut's 51 points on the week helped her move up to the No. 7 spot in the nation in scoring (20.9 ppg), while remaining ranked second in rebounding (13.6 rpg) and ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.452).
Saint Xavier, a winner of 12 straight games, is currently 17-3 overall on the season and 7-1 in league play, one game behind front-running Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.). The Cougars are ranked eighth in the latest NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Poll.