CHICAGO – Behind big outings by junior forward Morgan Stuut (Marcellus, Mich./Three Rivers) and senior guard Niara Harris (Richton Park, Ill./Robert Morris/Rich South), the No. 7 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team used a strong first half to pull away early for a 91-61 victory over Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action Wednesday evening at the Shannon Center in Chicago. Stuut finished with a game-leading 27 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and four steals; while Harris came off the bench to post 14 points, three assists and three steals. It was the 13th straight win for the red-hot Cougars, who have not dropped a game since November 30, 2013.
Junior guards Suzie Broski (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) and Maloree Johnson (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) also played well Wednesday for the Cougars. Each tallied 11 points toward the winning effort, while Johnson also recorded a game-best eight assists. Saint Xavier shot 57 percent (35-for-61) from the floor for the game and was solid defensively as well with 13 steals. SXU had a huge first-half performance shooting 68 percent (19-for-28) from the field and connecting on seven three-point attempts to build a 53-39 halftime lead. The Cougars also took advantage of 10 CCSJ turnovers in the opening frame turning the mistakes into 15 points for Saint Xavier. The Crimson Wave had senior guard Crystal Daniels lead the squad in scoring finishing with 21 points.
Saint Xavier (18-3 overall/8-1 CCAC) continues its home stand on Saturday, January 25, with a key conference game against rival University of St. Francis (Ill.). The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. tip-off at the Shannon Center.