Saint Louis 72, Missouri 61
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 | 7 p.m.
Chaifetz Arena | St. Louis, Missouri
•Saint Louis outscored Missouri 34-8 in the fourth quarter and posted its first-ever win over the Tigers, 72-61, Wednesday night in front of 6,288 fans at Chaifetz Arena.
•The Billikens (9-3) posted a second consecutive victory over a Power 5 conference team. They downed Washington State 73-70 Sunday afternoon.
•Missouri slipped to 10-4.
HOW IT HAPPENED
•Saint Louis trailed 53-35 with 21 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Kerri McMahan’s third 3-pointer of the game with 15 seconds to play made it 53-38 Missouri at the end of three.
•Olivia Jakubicek’s basket on SLU’s initial fourth-quarter possession was followed by two Jackie Kemph free throws to cut the Mizzou lead to 11.
•After Kayla McDowell made a layup, Jordan Frantz buried a triple to ignite a 14-0 outburst that gave the Billikens a 56-55 lead. The run, which took just three minutes, also included two Kemph treys and five points by McMahan.
•Missouri regained the lead on Sophie Cunningham’s short jumper with 4:56 remaining, but the Tigers failed on an opportunity to expand the margin.
•On SLU’s next possession – and following two offensive rebounds – Frantz netted a 3-pointer that put the Bills in front for good, 59-57.
•After Cunningham sank one of two from the line to make it a one-point game, Jakubicek connected from the arc for a 62-58 Saint Louis lead.
•Jakubicek answered McDowell’s free throw with a layup. Sadie Stipanovich hit a jumper after Cunningham made two from the stripe, and it was 66-61 Billikens with 1:56 left.
•Cunningham committed an offensive foul on Missouri’s next possession, and Kemph’s driving layup put SLU in front 68-61. Four free throws in the final 37 seconds secured the win.
•The Billikens led 12-8 after Kemph nailed a triple, but an 11-2 spurt put Missouri ahead 19-14 after one quarter.
•The Tigers expanded the lead to 16 points in the second quarter before settling for a 35-20 halftime cushion. Saint Louis drew to within 12 points on four occasions in the third quarter.
•The Billikens tied their season high for 3-pointers, connecting on 10-of-24 (41.7 percent). That included 5-of-8 (62.5 percent) in the fourth quarter.
•Saint Louis’ 34 fourth-quarter points are the most the Billikens have scored in a quarter this season.
•SLU committed just 12 turnovers to Missouri’s 20. The Billikens outscored the Tigers 20-11 in points off turnovers.
•Jackie Kemph (3-of-5 3-pointers, 7-of-8 FT) scored 18 points, dished out a game-high eight assists and grabbed a season-high six rebounds. Now with 507 career assists, Kemph is the only player in SLU women’s basketball history with 1,000 points and 500 assists. She needs 14 assists to break the school record.
•Sadie Stipanovich (7-of-12 FG) scored 16 points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Stipanovich moved into 10th place on SLU’s career scoring list with 1,252 points.
•Kerri McMahan (4-of-7 FG) tallied a season-high 14 points, just two points shy of her career high. McMahan buried a career-high three 3-pointers (3-of-4).
•Jordyn Frantz tossed in eight points on 3-of-5 shooting, including 2-of-4 from beyond the arc.
•Olivia Jakubicek contributed seven points (3-of-5 FG) and six rebounds.
•Jenny Vliet had a season-high five assists.
•Sophie Cunningham, 21 points, four assists; Cierra Porter, 16 points, nine rebounds; Kayla McDowell, nine rebounds.
UP NEXT•The Billikens travel to Nashville, Tennessee, to play their nonconference finale against Lipscomb Thursday, Dec. 29. Game time is 6:30 p.m.