Women’s College Basketball: No. 6 St. Xavier rolls over Robert Morris 90-62
BY STEVE MILLAR For Sun-Times Media February 12, 2014 11:34PM
St. Xavier's Morgan Stuut goes up for a basket Wednesday. | SUPPLIED PHOTO
When St. Xavier’s Morgan Stuut and Suzie Broski are both on their game on the same night, there’s a good chance of the Cougars running their opponent out of the gym.
That’s what happened Wednesday night as the pair combined for 49 points and 24 rebounds and No. 6 St. Xavier rolled over Robert Morris 90-62 in a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference game at the Shannon Center in Mount Greenwood.
“I think when we’re both on, it can tough to stop us,” Broski said. “Then you have to deal with all the other girls on our team who can all come in and score points.”
Stuut finished with 29 points and 18 rebounds while Bruski had 20 points and six rebounds for the Cougars (23-4, 13-2).
Stuut’s fourth rebound of the night was the 1,000th of her career. The junior is the first player in program history to reach that mark.
“It’s pretty cool,” she said. “I never thought I’d get this early, or ever really. It’s all for my team, though. I rebound to help the team win.
“Once I knew I was getting close to that number, though, I did start thinking that’d be it cool to get it.”
Robert Morris (13-10, 8-7) was coming off a big win over Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), but proved to be no match for St. Xavier.
The Cougars rolled to a 23-9 lead behind hot shooting from Broski, Jordan Brandt (15 points) and Maloree Johnson (7 points) and never looked back.
“They were up 20 points at Stritch,” St. Xavier coach Bob Hallberg said. “I’ve been going to Stritch for 14 years and I’ve been up 20 there. So (Robert Morris) is a good team and we played a great game.”
The Cougars had some trouble containing Hillcrest product Yolanda De La Torre (21 points, 9 rebounds) early on, but no one else in an Eagles uniform could get going.
Robert Morris had just 15 points through 13 ½ minutes, all from De La Torre.
St. Xavier held Tikeyiah Johnson, who entered averaging 18.5 points a game, to two points on 1-of-13 shooting.
“We were focused on not letting them get hot from outside and I think we defended the three really well,” Broski said.
St. Xavier led 50-28 at the half and by as many as 35 in the second half.
Caitlin McMahon (Lincoln-Way East) had nine points and 15 rebounds for the Cougars.