Billikens Ride Defense, Rebounding to 62-48 Win at VCU
Saint Louis 62, VCU 48
Sunday, January 8, 2017 | 1 p.m. (ET)
Siegel Center | Richmond, Virginia
•Sadie Stipanovich posted her 16th career double-double and Olivia Jakubicek pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds to lead Saint Louis to a 62-48 Atlantic 10 Conference victory over VCU Sunday afternoon at the Siegel Center.
•The Billikens (13-3, 3-0 Atlantic 10), ranked No. 4 in the ESPNW national mid-major poll, improved to 3-0 in conference play for the first time in program history. SLU extended its winning streak to a season-high six games.
•SLU’s 13-3 record matches the 1979-80 Billikens for the best 16-game start in program history.
•VCU, which came in with a three-game winning streak, fell to 9-8, 2-2.
HOW IT HAPPENED
•Saint Louis shot just 21 percent (4-of-19) in the first quarter and trailed 12-8 after 10 minutes of play.
•The VCU lead grew to 16-8 before the Billikens’ offense kicked into gear. Maddison Gits (4-of-6 FG) scored six of her eight points in an 8-0 run that tied the game at 16.
•The Rams’ 8-2 run put them back on top by six, but the Billikens answered with a 6-0 spurt of their own to finish the half. Aaliyah Covington’s jumper was followed by two Jackie Kemph fast-break layups, and the teams went to the locker room knotted at 24.
•Saint Louis extended the run to 16-6 and led 34-30 at the 6:38 mark of the third quarter.
•VCU twice regained a one-point edge later in the period, but SLU’s 7-2 scoring edge over the final three minutes made it 48-44 Billikens at the end of three.
•The Saint Louis defense turned up the heat in the fourth, holding VCU to four points and one field goal. Sadie Stipanovich sank two free throws, Olivia Jakubicek nailed a 3-pointer and Jordyn Frantz made a layup to boost the Bills’ cushion to 55-44 with 7:59 left, and the lead remained in double digits the rest of the way.
•Saint Louis registered a 55-33 rebounding advantage, its second-highest margin of the season. The Billikens have out-rebounded nine of their last 10 opponents.
•The Bills held VCU – which came in leading the A-10 with 16 offensive rebounds per game – to 11 offensive caroms while grabbing 16 themselves.
•Saint Louis limited VCU to 28.2 percent shooting (20-of-71) from the field.
•The Billikens outscored the Rams 40-26 in points in the paint.
•SLU held VCU leading scorer Keira Robinson (12.4 ppg) scoreless.
•Sadie Stipanovich scored a game-high 15 points (6-of-12 FG) and collected 13 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season, tying her for third in the A-10. Stipanovich also made three steals, tying her career high and the game high.
•Olivia Jakubicek added eight points to her career- and game-high 15-rebound effort. Jakubicek reached double figures on the boards for a sixth time this season and 10th time in her career.
•Jackie Kemph narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and a game-high nine assists.
•Jordyn Frantz tossed in 10 points.
•Kerri McMahan contributed seven points, four rebounds and three assists.
•Isis Thorpe, 10 points; GG Goodhope, nine points; Curteeona Brelove, nine points; Sandra Skinner, five rebounds.
UP NEXT•The Billikens host St. Bonaventure Wednesday, Jan. 11. The game tips at 11 a.m. and will be televised by NBC Sports Network.