Women's Basketball - Fri, Dec. 3, 2004
CHICAGO - Freshman guard Sarah Wilson (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South) hit a single-game Saint Xavier University record six three-pointers and scored a game-high 26 points, but the No. 24 ranked Cougars could not overcome 29 turnovers falling 82-76 to No. 20 Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) University Friday at the Shannon Center in Chicago. SXU falls to 2-7 overall, while TNU improves to 5-4. The previous Saint Xavier record for treys in a game was five set by seven different players.
In addition to Wilson, junior forward Jacki DiMaggio (Barlett, Ill./Glenbard North) also finished with over 20 points scoring 21 and collecting 10 rebounds. Senior forward Rachel Merkell (Munster, Ind./Munster) recorded a double-double for the Cougars, along with DiMaggio, with 12 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. The only other Saint Xavier player to score in double figures was junior guard Jen Belmonte (Darien, Ill./Hinsdale South) with 10 points. Merkell also tallied a season-high seven steals in Friday's loss.
SXU jumped out to an early 9-2 lead in the game's first four minutes, but Trevecca came storming back and tied it 14-14 with 11:36 to play in the first half. The teams battled over the next eight minutes before Trevecca Nazarene went up by seven points, 40-33. However, the Cougars cut the lead to one at halftime, 42-41, on free throws by Wilson and a late lay-up by DiMaggio.
In the second half, the game stayed close throughout, but the Cougars had trouble with turnovers. Trevecca Nazarene capitalized late in the game hitting free throws and clutch shots to seal the victory. TNU shot 55 percent in the game and committed 28 turnovers, while Saint Xavier shot 43 percent (27-for-63) and recorded 19 steals.
Saint Xavier heads to Wilburforce, Ohio, on Wednesday, December 8, to face NCAA Division II Central State University in a non-conference match-up. Game time is set for 7 p.m. eastern time.