CHICAGO – Behind 29 points and 18 rebounds by junior forward Morgan Stuut (Marcellus, Mich./Three Rivers), the No. 6 ranked Saint Xavier University used a strong first half to pull away early in a 90-62 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) victory over Robert Morris University (Ill.) Wednesday evening on Bob Hallberg Court at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars (23-4 overall/13-2 CCAC) came out of the gate on fire shooting a blistering 59 percent (20-for-34) from the field in the first half en route to a commanding 50-28 halftime lead. Stuut also became the first player in SXU women's basketball history to eclipse 1,000 career rebounds extending her career total to 1,015 with her 18 boards on the night.
Junior guard Suzie Broski (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) also had a big game for Saint Xavier posting 20 points and six rebounds. Senior point guard Jordan Brandt (Winamac, Ind./Winamac) scored in double figures as well for SXU recording 15 points to go along with a team-best three steals. Sophomore forward Caitlin McMahon (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) just missed another double-double effort totaling nine points, 15 rebounds and team-best six assists. Robert Morris was led by junior forward Yolanda De La Torre, who finished with team-highs of 21 points and nine rebounds.
The Cougars were dominant on the glass pulling down 60 rebounds as a team compared to 42 for the visiting Eagles. SXU was also tough defensively racking up 13 steals. After RMU scored the game's first basket, Saint Xavier took over building a 21-9 lead by the 11-minute mark of the half. The Cougars closed out the frame with a three-point play by Stuut to build their 22-point lead, 50-28. It was more of the same to open the second half as SXU extended its lead to as many as 35 points, 73-38, on a jumper by Broski with 12:30 remaining in regulation. The Eagles shot just 30 percent from the floor (24-for-79) in the game.
Saint Xavier (23-4 overall/13-2 CCAC) heads to Deerfield, Ill., on Saturday, February 15, for a conference game against Trinity International University (Ill.). The road game is slated for a 5:30 p.m. start.