Saint Xavier Continue Their Dominant Run Over CCAC Opponents

Ernesto Hernandez

February 7th, 2018

Kara Krolicki dribbling between two players. SXU Athletics

Saint Xavier’s women’s basketball team capped off their dominant week with an emphatic win over Trinity International University (Ill.), 101-42.

They had a similar result in their midweek defeating Calumet College of St. Joseph by a score of 100-45.

Despite the eventual lopsided score against Calumet College, the Crimson Wave were in the game for the majority of the first period. It was not until the final minutes of the first period where Saint Xavier managed to pull away.

With seconds left in the period, Chanel Fanter hit a jumper giving her team a 31-11 advantage.

Having already accumulated a 20-point lead, the Cougars were not done adding as they continued to play with the same intensity in the second quarter.

The team pretty much steam-rolled over Calumet College outscoring their opponents 24-8 as Saint Xavier headed into halftime with a 36 point lead.

The third and fourth period was more of the same with Coach Bob Hallberg’s team sinking shot after shot simply adding to their nearly insurmountable lead. The Cougars’ biggest lead of the night came late in the fourth quarter off a jumper from Janie McCloughan that gave Saint Xavier a 46-point lead, 100-44.

The Crimson Wave cut the lead by one after converting on a free throw as the Cougars won the game by a score of 100-45.

Kara Krolicki had another good game as she led the team with 27 points to go along with eight rebounds, seven assists, one block, and three steals. Maddie Welter also had a good game coming second in points scored with 17 as well as three assists and a steal. Chanel Fanter scored 13 points and had three assists, two blocks, and two steals on the night.

Last week’s CCAC’s Player of the Week, Brittany Collins, finished the night with seven points, twelve rebounds, and six blocks. The six blocks strengthened her spot as the NAIA league-leader in blocks.

The twelve rebounds actually put her in the Saint Xavier history books. Collins become only the second player in Saint Xavier history to record 1,000 rebounds in a collegiate career.

Everyone on the team contributed to the victory as each player who played in the game scored at least four or more points.

It was more of the same in their Saturday afternoon game against Trinity International. Saint Xavier stormed out of the game and went on an opening 23-0 run with Brittany Collins scoring 10 of those 23 points.

Trinity International managed to score their first points of the game with a little under three minutes left to play in the first period. The Cougars scored a few more times after that and were up 31-3 once the period ended.

Coach Hallberg’s team would continue to add to their lead in the subsequent periods. The second period resemble the first as it was all Saint Xavier. Again, Trinity International wouldn’t score until halfway through the period.

By the time Trinity made their first shot of the period, they were already facing a 34-point deficit, 39-5. After Tomei Ball drilled a layup, Saint Xavier went into the half leading by a score of 43-15.

The second-half was rinse and repeat from the first. Saint Xavier spent the half simply adding to their lead. Because the team was up by such a large amount, Coach Hallberg was able to use the score to his advantage and other players more playing time.

The non-regulars didn’t skip a beat and led Saint Xavier to the century mark late in the fourth period. Emily Gorsch would score the final points of the game as the Cougars won, dominantly, by a score 101-42.

Kara Krolicki played only 23 minutes but she made the most of them. She still led the team with 20 points scored and also had eight assists and seven steals.

Brittany Collins followed with 18 points, five assists, three blocks, and two steals.

Freshman, Meg Knutson, contributed 12 points, three assists, and a block. Chanel Fanter had 11 points, three assists, and a block.

As was the case against Calumet, everyone on the team had a good game and positively contributed to the win.

Six players finished in double-figures with points with Sidney Lovitsch, freshman, and Tomei Ball, senior, rounding out the six with eleven points each.

It was the fifth time this season that Saint Xavier scored at least one-hundred points and twice in as many games.

With blow-out victories, Coach Hallberg is able to give players who perhaps have not seen much playing time to play and state their case for more minutes.

Ernesto Hernandez

Sports Editor


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