Women’s College Basketball: Rebounding milestone for St. Xavier’s Morgan Stuut
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media February 13, 2014 5:44PM
St. Xavier's Morgan Stuut | Dennis Nelson/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 14, 2014 7:43PM
St. Xavier’s Morgan Stuut will go down as the Cougars’ greatest scorer.
Now add rebounder to the list.
Stuut, a 5-foot-10 junior forward, became the program’s first player to pull down 1,000 career rebounds, reaching the total in a 90-62 win over Robert Morris. The nation’s leading defensive rebounder has scored 1,635 points and recorded 1,015 rebounds during her three-year career.
“I just want the ball, plain and simple,” said Stuut, who is averaging 20.9 points and 13.1 rebounds per game for the No. 6 Cougars. “That’s really what it comes down to. I want it, and I don’t want anyone else to have it. I want to make sure my team gets the ball, and if I get it then my team has it.”
“I’ve said it time and again and I’ve been doing this for a long time. You can read every book there is about being a good rebounder,” coach Bob Hallberg said. “You can learn all the techniques, but it all comes down to desire to rebound. Morgan has that. She has that Dennis Rodman mentality.”
St. Xavier is 23-4 overall and 13-2 and atop the Chicagoland Catholic Athletic Conference North Division with three league games left.
Lewis’ defense comes to the front
Lewis has scored 90 or more points in five games this season, most by a Flyers team since the 1988-89 season. On the other end of the court, Lewis’ defense has been just as effective.
The Flyers’ 72-37 victory over Rockhurst marked the fewest points scored by an opponent since a 39-37 victory over the Hawks on Dec. 1, 2007, in Kansas City, Mo.
The combination has Lewis (18-3, 12-1 Great Lakes Valley Conference) climbing the USA Today Sports Division II Coaches Poll to No. 15.
Lewis leads the GLVC in rebounds and assists. Nationally, the Flyers are seventh in the country in blocked shots (5.2 per game) and 10th in assists (18.3).
Dixon earns award
Prairie State’s Nijea Dixon was named the NJCAA Region IV Player of the Week. In three games, Dixon totaled 48 points, 19 rebounds, 11 steals and eight assists for the Pioneers (13-12, 6-4 Illinois Skyway Conference).
Cyclones’ conference hopes dashed
Moraine Valley has won three of its previous four games. Unfortunately for the Cyclones, the loss was to Waubonsee Community College in a battle for first place in the Illinois Skyway Conference.
The Cyclones are 16-10 overall and 8-2 in the Skyway with three conference games left. Waubonsee is unbeaten in Skyway play.
Moraine is sixth in the nation in blocks per game (5.5) and eighth in steals (15.1). Nariman Jaber is third in the country, averaging 3.7 blocks per game, and Aileen Gorman is 10th in the country, averaging 3.7 steals per contest.