Women's Basketball - Mon, Nov. 22, 2004
CHICAGO - Sophomore guard Dani Engleman (Oak Park, Ill./River Forest) paced the No. 24 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team Monday with a season-high 18 points and seven assists, but the Cougars had trouble scoring points down the stretch and fell to No. 9 Campbellsville University (Ky.), 63-57, at the Shannon Center in Chicago. SXU falls to 1-4 overall with the loss.
Besides Engleman, two other Cougars scored in double figures Monday with junior center Veronica Kristie (Willow Springs, Ill./Argo) contributing 12 points and junior forward Jacki DiMaggio (Bartlett, Ill./Glenbard North) finishing with 11 points. Saint Xavier shot an impressive 50 percent (14-for-28) from the field in the first half, including 5-for-10 from beyond the three-point arc. However, the offense cooled off in the second half with SXU shooting just 30 percent (9-for-30).
The Cougars jumped out of the gate scoring a quick seven points in the first two minutes of the game to go ahead, 7-0, behind four points by Kristie. However, Campbellsville slowly got into a groove and was able to tie the game, 18-18, at the 8:25 mark of the first half. SXU hit a scoring drought for nearly five minutes of the first half to help Campbellsville build a 25-18 lead with 5:19 remaining before halftime, but Saint Xavier got back on track and closed to within four, 38-34, at halftime.
A lay-up by DiMaggio with 15:43 remaining in the second half tied the game, 40-40, and the two teams slugged it out over the next nine minutes with neither pulling away. However, another scoring drought by the SXU offense in the closing minutes of the game helped Campbellsville build a 10-point advantage, 58-48, with three minutes remaining. Another DiMaggio lay-up cut the Campbellsville lead to four, 60-56 with 53 seconds left in the game, but CU made its free throws in the final minute to preserve the win.
Saint Xavier heads to Deerfield, Ill., Tuesday to face Trinity International University (Ill.) in non-conference action. The game is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.