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The Saints travel to Chicago to face SXU for the first time this season on Saturday
Women's Basketball - Fri, Jan. 4, 2013

Holy Cross (7-11, 3-7 CCAC)

Game #19: Saturday, January 5, 2:00 p.m. EST

at (12) Saint Xavier (12-3, 7-3 CCAC)

Shannon Center (3,000) Chicago, Ill.


Next up in Saints Basketball: The Saints continue their road trip on Saturday against (12) Saint Xavier University.  This will be the first of two times they will face the Cougars this season.

Last time out: The Saints resumed action for the first time in 2013 on the road against Trinity International University and picked up their 7th win of the season 78-70 over the Trojans. The win for the Saints was their first conference win since December 8th and their first road win since Nov. 27th.

Following the Saints: Every home game can be heard live online via the Regional Radio Sports Network ( The links to all home Saints games can be found on the women's basketball page under "listen live." Live video for this game can be found on the athletics web page at Link for Saturday's game can be found here:  Live video

Head Coach Aimee Niespodziany: Coach Aimee is entering her 2nd season as head coach of the Saints coming off a programs best season where they won 10 games, including their 1st ever CCAC play-off game.

Series Note: Saturday's contest marks the fifth time the two programs will face off. Over the series, the Cougars have won all four contests outscoring the Saints 377-205. The last meeting between the two teams came on Nov. 22, 2011 in a 94-65 Cougar win.   Lauren Malinowski led the Saints with 20 points.

Scouting SXU: Currently checking in at #12 in the latest NAIA Division II National Poll, the Cougars capped off their current five-game winning streak by sweeping their Christmas Tournament on December 27th-29th. Over the tournament, the Cougars took down Ashford, (23) Huntington, and (7) Saint Francis (Ind.) on   consecutive nights. Morgan Stuut, the Cougars leading scorer and rebounder, has been playing exceptionally well this season as the conference's 3rd leading scorer (17.6 ppg) and leading rebounder (10.8 per game). Suzie Broski, the second leading scorer for the Cougars, is currently 8th in the conference in scoring (16.5 ppg).

Responding on the road: Currently sitting at 2-6 (1-3 CCAC) on the road, the Saints will look to respond down the stretch  as 8 of their final 15 games will be road contests.

This and that: Lindsey Steffen picked up her fifth double-double of the season on Thursday against Trinity International with her 20 point and 10 rebound performance. This was just the second double-double for Steffen since she had three in the month of November.