CHICAGO – Despite a pair of double-double efforts by junior forward Morgan Stuut (Marcellus, Mich./Three Rivers) and sophomore forward Caitlin McMahon (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East), the No. 6 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team could not extend its win streak to 17 games Wednesday falling 84-72 to Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) foe and No. 18 ranked Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) on Bob Hallberg Court at the Shannon Center in Chicago. Stuut finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, her 19th double-double of the season, while McMahon posted 10 points and team-high 15 boards. Fouls (25) and turnovers (19) haunted SXU throughout the game with PUC scoring 16 points off the miscues and going to the free-throw line 40 times for 31 of its points.
Junior guard Suzie Broski (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) and senior forward Chrissy Heine (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) also both scored in double figures Wednesday for the Cougars. Broski dropped in 14 points, while Heine came off the bench to chip in 10 points and pull down six rebounds. Freshman guard Cassidy Deno led five Peregrines in double figures with 22 points, while sophomore center Patrice McBee was tough as well with 13 points and a game-best 18 rebounds. Purdue-Calumet came out strong early and built a 20-12 lead in the opening minutes. The Peregrines carried the momentum late into the first half and went ahead as high as 13 points before taking a 43-32 advantage into halftime. The Cougars got as close as five points multiple times in the second half, but PUC answered every attempt at a SXU rally with a run of its own.
Saint Xavier (21-4 overall/11-2 CCAC) heads up to Elgin, Ill., on Saturday, February 8, for a conference match-up with Judson University (Ill.). The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. tip-off.