Saint Louis 68, Rhode Island 50
Saturday, January 21, 2017 | 2 p.m. (ET)
Ryan Center | Kingston, Rhode Island
•Saint Louis used a balanced scoring attack and strong second-half defense to register a 68-50 Atlantic 10 Conference victory over Rhode Island Saturday afternoon at the Ryan Center.
•The Billikens, who snapped a two-game skid, improved to 15-5 overall and 5-2 in the A-10. Rhode Island (4-15, 0-7) saw its losing streak extended to 12 games.
HOW IT HAPPENED
•After leading 35-33 at halftime, Saint Louis began the third quarter with an 11-2 run to take its first double-digit lead, 46-35, at the 5:31 mark.
•Rhode Island briefly narrowed the gap to nine before an 11-5 spurt powered SLU to a 57-42 advantage at the end of three. The Billikens shot 69.2 percent (9-of-13) from the field in the period.
•Saint Louis kept up the pressure in the fourth quarter and built a 22-point cushion before settling for the final score.
•There were three ties and three lead changes in the first quarter, which ended in a 13-all deadlock following a late 3-pointer by Jackie Kemph.
•The second quarter was even more back-and-forth, featuring nine lead changes and three ties. The largest lead held by either team was four points, which the Billikens owned twice before taking a two-point edge to the locker room.
•Saint Louis held Rhode Island to 31 percent shooting (18-of-58) overall and 27.8 percent (5-of-19) from 3-point range.
•Rhode Island’s 17 second-half points are the fewest allowed by the Billikens in any second half this season.
•Jackie Kemph scored 12 points and tallied a game-high seven assists.
•Sadie Stipanovich (5-of-7 FG) tossed in 10 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Stipanovich moved past Theresa Lisch for fifth place on SLU’s career scoring list with 1,367 points.
•Olivia Jakubicek scored nine points and collected seven rebounds.
•Kerri McMahan (4-of-6 FG) and Jordyn Frantz posted nine points apiece.
•Jenny Vliet had seven points and five rebounds.
•Maddison Gits posted six points and six rebounds.
•Erin Nelson connected on both of her 3-point attempts for six points.
RHODE ISLAND LEADERS
•Nicole Jorgensen, 13 points; Charise Wilson, 12 points, nine rebounds, five assists; Dina Motrechuk, 10 points.
UP NEXT•The Billikens host George Washington Thursday, Jan. 26. Tip time at Chaifetz Arena is 7 p.m.