#16 SHU Women's Hoops Defeats #9 SXU to Advance to Thanksgiving Final

#16 SHU Women's Hoops Defeats #9 SXU to Advance to Thanksgiving Final

ADRIAN, Mich. -- Sierra Calhoun finished with 24 points and seven rebounds as the 16th-ranked Siena Heights men's basketball team defeated ninth-ranked Saint Xavier (Ill.), 84-67, as the Saints won their SHU Thanksgiving Tournament semifinal on Saturday at the SHU Fieldhouse.

Najee Brazzle added 16 points off the bench while Jessie Arnold also came off the bench for 10 points and seven rebounds. Grace Howrigon contributed seven rebounds and five assists for the Saints (5-2).

Siena Heights faced its largest deficit early in the first half, trailing 13-8, before taking a 40-36 lead into halftime.

During the second half, the Saints broke a 44-all tie with seven straight points, starting with a 3-ball by Brazzle. From there, SHU led the rest of the way.

The visiting Cougars (5-3) trimmed their deficit to three points on two separate occasions, but could not pull any closer.

Leading 68-63 with 3:25 remaining, the Saints closed the game on a 16-4 run, making 3 of 4 field goals and 8 of 8 free throws. SHU scored the contest's final 10 points.

Siena Heights held a 42-33 rebounding advantage and went 28 of 36 from the free-throw line (77.8 percent) while holding the Cougars to a 1-for-11 performance from 3-point land (9.1 percent).

Suzie Broski and Jordan Brandt had 14 and 11 points, respectively, for SXU. Morgan Stuut added 11 rebounds, six assists and four steals.

Siena Heights will take on fourth-ranked Saint Francis (Ind.) in Sunday's championship game, which will tip off at 4 p.m.

USF (9-0) defeated Shawnee State (Ohio), 98-76, in Saturday's opener.

Jenelle Wilson had 25 points to lead the winning USF squad. Skylarr Shurn had 21 points and six assists. Brooke Ridley (20 points, 10 rebounds) and Akyah Taylor (18 points, 10 rebounds) had double-doubles while Taylor Wilson dished six assists.

Priscila Santos scored 29 points for Shawnee, Alannah Sheets put in 26 points, and Diane Abbady grabbed nine rebounds.