March 15, 2012
By -, -
FRANKFORT, Ky. – (Box Score; Coach Interview) Saint Xavier (Ill.) shot 60.7 percent from the field in the second half and 55 percent for the game en route to a 75-57 victory over Campbellsville (Ky.) in the day-two opener of the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship presented by Kentuckytourism.com. The event is held at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Ky.
Saint Xavier (24-8) extends its win streak to four games and takes on the winner of Lyon (Ark.)/Westmont (Calif.) on Friday at 12:30 p.m. EST.
“We got off to a quick start and shot the ball extremely well,” said Saint Xavier head coach Bob Hallberg. “The first half helped us relax and build-up some momentum, which we carried into and throughout the second half.”
The Cougars raced out to a 21-7 lead in the games first eight minutes, shooting 9-of-13 (69.2 percent) from the floor, including a pair of 3-pointers from Michelle Tourtillott and Morgan Stuut. Saint Xavier maintained the double-digit advantage until a pair of back-to-back 3-pointers by Campbellsville’s Courtney Clifton cut the lead to eight, 33-25, at the 3:38 mark of the first half. However, a pair of Mackenzie Lee free throws extended the Cougar advantage back to 37-27 at the break.
Saint Xavier never missed a beat in the second half, extending its lead out to as much as 30 (69-39).
Chicagoland Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Marissa Young paced the Cougar offense with 16 points, five assists and three steals, while Stuut added 15 points and six rebounds.
Clifton led Campbellsville with a game-high 19 points on 6-of-18 shooting, including five 3-pointers. The Lady Tigers, who were held under 60 points for just the sixth time this season, ended the game shooting 25.3 percent (20-of-79) from the floor. Campbellsville finishes its season with a 20-13 overall record.