Women's Basketball - Sat, Jan. 12, 2008
CHICAGO - Led by 12 points from senior guard Candis Jackson (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young), the No. 10 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team used a big first-half scoring run to pull away and defeat visiting Trinity International University (Ill.), 84-54, Saturday at the Shannon Center in Chicago. After a 4-4 tie in the opening minute, the Cougars (13-3 overall) rattled off 21 unanswered points to build a 25-4 lead over the game's next seven minutes and were never threatened the rest of the way.

Thirteen of the 14 SXU players who played in Saturday's game scored at least a point toward the winning effort and Jackson was the only player to score in double figures. Sophomore guard Kathlyn McClain (Oak Forest, Ill./Converse College) posted nine points and three steals for Saint Xavier, while senior guard Clarise Jones (Chicago, Ill./Southern Illinois University) came off the bench to chip in eight points. The Cougars used tough defense to hamper the TIU offensive attack helping to force 32 Trojan turnovers thanks in part to 18 SXU steals. Saint Xavier took complete advantage of the turnovers scoring 34 of its 84 points off Trojan miscues.

SXU (13-3 overall) opens its Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) slate on Tuesday, January 15, with a big match-up against No. 21 Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.). The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at the Shannon Center in Chicago.