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Women’s College Basketball: Stuut powers St. Xavier past Lourdes (Ohio) 70-47

Updated: December 29, 2013 7:56PM

Morgan Stuut doesn’t mind mixing it up in the paint.

Elbows to the head, kicks to the leg, Stuut just laughs it all off. It’s why the 5-foot-10 junior is almost certain to leave St. Xavier as the school’s all-time leading rebounder.

“I just want the ball,” Stuut said. “Sometimes I steal a rebound from my own teammate accidentally. I’d rather be aggressive than not aggressive. I go in there and abuse my body. I laugh it off because I know it’s my own fault most of the time.”

Sunday, Stuut pulled in 19 rebounds to go with 16 points as the No. 8 Cougars rolled to a 70-47 win over Lourdes (Ohio) in the St. Xavier Holiday Classic at the Shannon Center.

“She’s the Dennis Rodman of women’s basketball,” teammate Niara Harris said.

With St. Xavier (13-3) starting a bit slow, Harris — a Rich South product — came off the bench and provided an immediate spark.

The guard scored nine points in a little over three minutes to lead an 18-4 run that turned a slim 21-16 lead into a runaway. On their way to their eighth straight win, the Cougars led 42-22 at the half.

“I just come off the bench and try to bring energy,” Harris said. “I try to get the team going. As a team, we’re sharing the ball really well. We try to get off to quick starts and then focus on ‘D.’ ”

Harris finished with 13 points, Suzie Broski 10 and Jordan Brandt eight for the Cougars, who finished 2-0 in the event that featured a shootout format with no team champion crowned.

Broski moved into the top 10 in career points in program history, joining Stuut, who ranks fifth.

“That’s an honor, but a lot of the credit goes to my teammates,” Broski said. “They get me the ball in great positions to score.”

Stuut didn’t score over the first 11 minutes of the game, but still finished with 12 first-half points, including eight over the final two minutes as the Cougars pulled away.

St. Xavier finished 28-of-60 from the field.

Tiffani Blackman finished with 16 points and nine rebounds to lead Lourdes (3-11).

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