Women's Basketball - Sun, Dec. 18, 2005
San Diego, Calif. - Led by a game-high 25 points from junior guard Candis Jackson (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young), the No. 21 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team held on late to secure a 62-59 victory over Central Methodist College (Mo.) Saturday night at the Point Loma Nazarene University Tournament in San Diego, Calif. The Cougars (7-3 overall) played tough defense throughout the game racking up 25 steals, which helped force 42 CMC turnovers.

Besides Jackson, sophomore forward Jackie Heine (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) also scored in double figures for SXU off the bench with 13 points in addition to her team-high five rebounds. Junior guard Angie Brown (Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore) finished with nine points, three assists, and four steals in the winning effort, while junior guard Dani Engleman (Oak Park, Ill./River Forest) aided the defense with a game-high six steals. The Cougar defense also affected their opponent's ability to shoot the ball with Central Methodist hitting only 33 percent (19-for-58) of its shots in the game.

The game was tight throughout most of the first half with CMC eventually building an eight-point lead, 19-11, with just under nine minutes to play before SXU came storming back. Behind five points from Heine, the Cougars closed out the first half with an 18-9 scoring run to take a 29-28 advantage into halftime. Saint Xavier came out firing in the second half building a nine-point lead, 41-32, in the first three minutes. However, Central Methodist chipped away at the lead and took it back, 53-51, with just under six minutes in regulation.

A jumper by Jackson with 2:49 to play gave SXU the lead for good, 59-57. In fact, Jackson scored four of the Cougars' final five points in the last three minutes of the game to secure the victory. Central Methodist scored just two points in the final three and a half minutes of play and committed six turnovers. SXU scored 37 of its 62 points off CMC miscues.

Saint Xavier (7-3 overall) will play Baker University (Kan.) on Monday, December 19, to wrap up play at the Point Loma Nazarene University Tournament. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. pacific time.