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    Women's Basketball - D1-D2 - Sat, Feb. 20, 2016

    MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Feb. 20, 2016) - Monica Hinderer (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and Mika Passini (Middleton, Wis.) combined for 41 points on Senior Day, as No. 12 Cardinal Stritch University upset No. 1 Saint Xavier University, 83-72 in overtime. The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest was the NAIA Network Game of the Week.

    Head Coach John Pfaffl remarked, "Our crowd was certainly a factor today, and their support was much appreciated."
     
    As the score was tied 11 times and 11 lead changes occurred in the contest, the two teams battled neck-and-neck for the first three quarters. The score was tied 50-50 entering the fourth.
     
    SXU (28-2, 17-2 CCAC) took the lead 55-52 early in the fourth, before Passini sank a pull-up jumper to cut the deficit to one. Stritch (24-6, 15-4 CCAC) then went on to score the next nine points, leading 61-55 with 3:58 to play. Jenny Shernell (Sussex, Wis.) tallied six of those points, while Emily Neitzel (Lomira, Wis.) splashed a triple. SXU didn't fold, as Brittany Collin's lay-up tied the contest at 65 with 24 seconds left in regulation.
     
    Neitzel sank a jumper early in overtime to give Stritch the lead, 67-65. Just a minute later, two free throws by Collins cut the deficit to three points (70-67). However, on the next possession, Passini buried one from downtown to make it a two-possession game (73-67). During the final minutes, Stritch knocked down 8-of-10 attempts at the charity stripe to take the contest 83-71.
     
    "It's nice to flow into our conference tournament with a win over a great team like Saint Xavier," continued Pfaffl. "They have so many weapons and have given us fits with their defense in the past. I am proud of how we valued the ball today, and most importantly really stepped it up in overtime. I hope that we grow from this game."
     
    In the first four minutes of the contest, the two teams combined to go 2-of-12 from the floor as SXU led 3-2. Kelli Schrauth (Campbellsport, Wis.) then gave the Wolves their first lead of the contest at 6-5 off a put-back. With 1:15 left in the first, Passini found Hinderer under the bucket for a lay-up, making the score 16-15. Hinderer scored seven points in the period, as Stritch held the upper hand at 20-17.
     
    Three minutes into the second, Hinderer executed a three-point play to put the Pack ahead by seven, 26-19. Stritch continued to lead by the same margin with 3:15 to play, but a jumper and a triple cut the margin to two points at the half (32-30). The Wolves held SXU's leading scorer, Kara Krolicki, to 1-of-6 shooting in the first half.
     
    Following the break, Hinderer grabbed an offensive board before scoring to give Stritch the advantage at 36-34. Later on in the period, Haley Ream (Huntley, Ill.) collected a loose ball under the hoop for a lay-in.  Passini's drive to the basket tied the game, 50-50, at the end of the third.
     
    "We did a tremendous job on the boards today, highlighted by Monica's 13 rebounds. She was a beast inside today," finished Pfaffl.
     
    Hinderer marked a career-high performance on Senior Day, capturing the first double-double of her career with 21 points and 13 rebounds. She went 8-for-13 from the floor, including 5-of-7 from the charity stripe.
     
    Passini followed close behind, posting 20 points. Neitzel contributed 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. During the contest, she grabbed her 700th career rebound and 250th steal.
     
    Maranda Huibregtse (Oostburg, Wis.) rounded out the double-figure scoring for the Wolves, posting 10 points, six of which she scored in overtime.
     
    The Cougars were led by Caitlin McMahon with 17 points, eight rebounds and six blocks before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Mikayla Leyden contributed 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Krolicki totaled 12 points.
     
    Saint Xavier shot 42 percent, as Stritch followed closely behind with 40 percent. The Wolves held a +20 rebounding margin and converted on 21-of-28 free throws. SXU added 11 blocks, while the Wolves calculated 13 second-chance points.

    The women's basketball team honored five seniors before the game today: Janessa Baker (Bartlett, Ill.), Amy Jorgenson (Darlington, Wis.), Hinderer, Neitzel and Passini. Stritch will play again on Tuesday at home in the opening round of the CCAC Tournament. Opponent and time are to be determined.

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