Saint Xavier (Ill.)

Saint Xavier University (Ill.)

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The Saint Xavier (Ill.) Cougars return to Sioux City after a lengthy run in the Championship last year, where they made the quarterfinals. Much like last season, the Cougars return with a number one seed, and enter with the No. 2 ranking in the Top 25. Saint Xavier finished the season with a 29-3 record, with a 17-2 record in regular season conference play.

The Cougars are led offensively by sophomore guard Kara Krolicki, who averages 20.1 points per game. Krolicki is second in the country in 3-point field goals, and remarkably holds the Saint Xavier career record in that statistic. The Cougars also have a forceful defender in the post in senior center Caitlin McMahon, who leads the country in blocks. McMahon also leads the team in rebounds per game.

The coach of Saint Xavier is Bob Hallberg, who is in his 16th season with the team, having coached the program since its inception. Hallberg also coached the men’s basketball program at Saint Xavier from 1971-77, followed by coaching stops at Chicago State and the University of Illinois-Chicago.

The Cougars will start out the national championship against Tennessee Wesleyan, with tipoff scheduled for Wednesday, March 9 at 1:45 pm.

Saint Xavier (Ill.) 2016 Roster

Player ImageNumberNamePositionHeightYearHome Town ()
Casey McMahon0McMahon, CaseyG5-7So.Palos Park (Ill.)
Bob HallbergHallberg, BobHead Coach16th Season ()
Barry ShawShaw, BarryAssistant Coach16th Season ()
Jay BattlesBattles, JayAssistant Coach8th Season ()
Maloree JohnsonJohnson, MaloreeStudent Assistant1st Season ()
Bredz  RamirezRamirez, Bredz Manager2nd Season ()
Leandreia  BlakemoreBlakemore, Leandreia Manager1st Season ()
Meaghan McMahon1McMahon, MeaghanF5-11Jr.Frankfort (Ill.)
Sidney Prasse3Prasse, SidneyG5-8Jr.Naperville (Ill.)
Tomei Ball5Ball, TomeiG5-9So.Glen Ellyn (Ill.)
Sami Pawlak10Pawlak, SamiF6-0Jr.Geneva (Ill.)
Caitlin McMahon20McMahon, CaitlinC6-0Sr.Frankfort (Ill.)
Emily Gorsch21Gorsch, EmilyC6-0Fr.Roscoe (Ill.)
Kara Krolicki22Krolicki, KaraG5-7So.Mokena (Ill.)
Sarah Vozel23Vozel, SarahF5-10Jr.Silver Lake (Wis.)
Revi McMahon25McMahon, ReviG5-6Jr.Palos Park (Ill.)
Brittany Collins30Collins, BrittanyC6-0So.Des Plaines (Ill.)
Mikayla  Leyden33Leyden, Mikayla G5-8Jr.Chicago (Ill.)