Women's Basketball - Thu, May 11, 2006
CHICAGO - Elizabeth Carney, a senior guard/forward at St. Francis High School in Traverse City, Mich., will continue her athletic and academic career at Saint Xavier University as a member of the Cougar women's basketball program. Carney joins Erin Hannemann, a senior forward at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, Ill.; Brittanie Crose, a senior guard at Morris High School in Morris, Ill.; and Angie Bush, a senior guard at Morgan Township High School in Valparaiso, Ind.; as the four signees of SXU head coach Bob Hallberg's 2006 recruiting class.

Carney averaged 15 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and two assists per game as a senior at St. Francis High School last season. During her senior season, she was a third team all-state selection by both the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News as well as a special mention on the Associated Press all-state team. Carney was also named to the Academic All-State Team. She is the daughter of Kevin and Elizabeth Carney of Flint, Mich., and was coached by Becky Hackert during her prep career at St. Francis. Her two older sisters (Rachael and Erin) currently play at DePaul University in Chicago.

"Liz is a very talented player, who will always out-work her opponent," said Hallberg. "We expect her to have a great career at Saint Xavier and know that she will work hard to become a successful collegiate student-athlete."

Saint Xavier made its fourth straight NAIA National Tournament appearance this season and its fourth overall since the program began play in 2000 under Hallberg. The Cougars finished 24-9 overall and advanced to the NAIA Sweet 16 for the first time with a 56-53 win over Carroll College (Mont.) in first round action.