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 Image||Number||Name||Position||Height||Year||Home Town ()|
|0||McMahon, Casey||G||5-7||So.||Palos Park (Ill.)|
|Hallberg, Bob||Head Coach||16th Season||()|
|Shaw, Barry||Assistant Coach||16th Season||()|
|Battles, Jay||Assistant Coach||8th Season||()|
|Johnson, Maloree||Student Assistant||1st Season||()|
|Ramirez, Bredz||Manager||2nd Season||()|
|Blakemore, Leandreia||Manager||1st Season||()|
|1||McMahon, Meaghan||F||5-11||Jr.||Frankfort (Ill.)|
|3||Prasse, Sidney||G||5-8||Jr.||Naperville (Ill.)|
|5||Ball, Tomei||G||5-9||So.||Glen Ellyn (Ill.)|
|10||Pawlak, Sami||F||6-0||Jr.||Geneva (Ill.)|
|20||McMahon, Caitlin||C||6-0||Sr.||Frankfort (Ill.)|
|21||Gorsch, Emily||C||6-0||Fr.||Roscoe (Ill.)|
|22||Krolicki, Kara||G||5-7||So.||Mokena (Ill.)|
|23||Vozel, Sarah||F||5-10||Jr.||Silver Lake (Wis.)|
|25||McMahon, Revi||G||5-6||Jr.||Palos Park (Ill.)|
|30||Collins, Brittany||C||6-0||So.||Des Plaines (Ill.)|
|33||Leyden, Mikayla||G||5-8||Jr.||Chicago (Ill.)|