DePaul vs. St. Xavier Game Preview

Preview the Exhibition opener between the DePaul Blue Demons and the St. Xavier Cougars Women's Basketball teams.

Key Information

November 5th Exhibition Game - DePaul Blue Demons vs. St. Xavier University - 5:00 p.m. - DePaul Athletic Center

Note: The DePaul Men's basketball team takes on the St. Edward's Hilltoppers at 7:00 p.m.

Game Preview

You may be asking who is St. Xavier? Well, St. Xavier is a Catholic University with an enrollment of 5,581 with campuses on the south side of Chicago and in Orland Park. The Cougars compete in NAIA in ten sports. They are led by legendary coach Bob Hallberg. The Cougars are currently ranked 21st in the NAIA women's basketball preseason poll. Last season, the Cougars finished with a 21-13 overall record and their third straight trip to the NAIA Tournament.

"Certainly being ranked No. 21 shows that the program has been recognized by our peers at the national level as a consistent contender," said Hallberg. "Our program has shown that it can play at a high level year-after-year. I have been very impressed with our preseason practice sessions and the team's offensive capabilities. We have a lot of players this season who can score."

Bob Hallberg is now in his fifth year as coach of the Cougars. He is well known in Chicago having coached the St. Xavier men's program in the 1970's, he was at Chicago State for ten years, and then Illinois-Chicago for nine seasons where he is still the winningest coach in the school's history. His overall career coaching record is 679-326. Hallberg and St. Xavier men's coach Jack Fitzgerald were named the men's and women's coaches of the year in NAIA for 2003-04.

St. Xavier suffered a blow this summer when they lost NAIA All-American Honorable Mention senior Jacki DiMaggio to a season ending injury. Junior forward Gretchen Hendrix will also be sitting out this game.

The Cougars feature two newcomers with Division I playing experience in sophomore center Emina Sehalic from Northern Illinois and Clarise Jones, a sophomore guard from Southern Illinois.

2005-2006 Roster

No. Name Pos. Yr. Ht. Hometown/High School

1 Clarise Jones G So. 5-8 Chicago, Ill./Southern Illinois University

3 Candis Jackson G Jr. 5-9 Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young

5 Angie Brown G Jr. 5-9 Sycamore, Ill./Illinois Institute of Tech

10 Jen Belmonte G/F Sr. 5-10 Darien, Ill./Hinsdale South

11 Dani Engleman (C) G Jr. 5-7 Oak Park, Ill./River Forest

12 Jackie Heine F So. 5-11 Hampshire, Ill./Hannibal LaGrange College (Mo.)

20 Tara Breshock F So. 5-9 Lansing, Ill./Thornton Fractional South

22 Sarah Wilson G So. 5-9 Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South

25 Abiola Amure G/F Fr. 6-0 Chicago, Ill./St. Scholastica

30 Veronica Kristie F/C Sr. 6-1 Willow Springs, Ill./Argo

33 Jennifer Stinich C So. 6-2 Westchester, Ill./Nazareth Academy

34 Jacki DiMaggio G/F Sr. 5-9 Bartlett, Ill./Glenbard North

40 Emina Sehalic C So. 6-3 Sarajevo, Bosnia/Northern Illinois University

41 Laurie Felton F So. 5-10 Oak Lawn, Ill./Oak Lawn

Head Coach: Bob Hallberg

Assistant Coaches: Barry Shaw, John Natanek, Mike Delrose and Jessica Joyce

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