Saint Louis 73, Washington State 70
Sunday, December 18, 2016 | 2 p.m.
Chaifetz Arena | St. Louis, Missouri
•Five Saint Louis players scored in double figures, and the Billikens overcame a late Washington State rally to post a 73-70 victory over the Cougars Sunday afternoon at Chaifetz Arena.
•Sadie Stipanovich and Jordyn Frantz scored a game-high 14 points apiece, Jackie Kemph and Jenny Vliet netted 13 apiece, and Olivia Jakubicek tallied 10 as Saint Louis placed five players in double figures for the first time since Feb. 11, 2015.
•SLU, which snapped a two-game skid, improved to 8-3. Washington State fell to 5-5 with its third consecutive loss.
HOW IT HAPPENED
•Four 3-pointers powered Washington State to an early 16-8 advantage, but a 9-2 Saint Louis run cut the Cougars’ lead to 18-17 at the end of one quarter. Vliet scored eight points in the period, including two treys.
•The Billikens continued the momentum in the second quarter, extending the run to 21-5 to build a 29-21 lead. Stipanovich and Jakubicek tallied six points apiece in the second stanza, which ended with SLU on top 34-28.
•Saint Louis took its first double-digit lead, 38-28, when Frantz and Jakubicek hit early third-quarter baskets.
•Washington State narrowed the gap to four, 45-41, with 4:29 to play in the third. But five consecutive points by Maddison Gits sparked a 14-6 surge that resulted in the Billikens’ largest lead, 59-47. It was 59-49 at the end of three quarters.
•It was 60-49 SLU when Washington State began its comeback. The Cougars used a 21-7 flurry to go in front 70-67 with 2:40 left.
•Two free throws by Kemph and two more by Vliet put SLU back on top, 71-70. Following a SLU defensive stop, the Billikens missed a shot but retained possession with an offensive rebound.
•After a timeout, Kemph drove the lane and dropped off a pass to Vliet, who hit a short jumper for a 73-70 Billiken lead. Two 3-point tries on Washington State’s final possession were off the mark.
•The Billikens were 17-of-20 from the foul line and outscored the Cougars 17-7 at the stripe.
•Against a taller Washington State team, SLU earned a 40-39 rebounding edge and a 34-16 advantage in points in the paint.
•Stipanovich pulled down a career- and game-high 15 rebounds to complete her second straight double-double, her fourth this season and 14th of her career. Five of her rebounds came on the offensive glass. The double-digit rebound total was the 18th of her career, and she moved into fifth place on SLU’s career list with 699 rebounds.
•Kemph added 12 assists for her second double-double of the season and eighth of her career. The double-digit assist total was the 10th of her career. She increased her career total to 499 assists and needs 22 to break the Saint Louis record.
•Jakubicek (5-of-8 FG) grabbed six rebounds and registered a career-high four steals.
•Vliet pulled down eight rebounds.
•Frantz was 5-of-8 from the floor, including two 3-pointers, and added three assists and two steals.
•Gits almost made it six Billikens in double figures. She was 3-of-5 from the field and 3-of-3 from the foul line for nine points.
WASHINGTON STATE LEADERS
•Alexys Swedlund, 12 points; Caila Hailey, 11 points, six rebounds, four assists, five steals; Chanelle Molina, 10 points; Pinelopi Pavlopoulou, 10 points; Maria Kostourkova, 10 rebounds.
UP NEXT•In their final nonconference home game of the season, the Billikens welcome Missouri to Chaifetz Arena Wednesday, Dec. 21. Tip time is 7 p.m.