Saint Louis 67, George Washington 59
Thursday, January 26, 2017 | 7 p.m.
Chaifetz Arena | St. Louis, Missouri
•Jackie Kemph scored a game-high 24 points and Jordyn Frantz tossed in 14 to lead Saint Louis to a 67-59 Atlantic 10 Conference victory over George Washington Thursday night at Chaifetz Arena.
•The Billikens, ranked No. 8 in the ESPNW national mid-major poll, improved to 16-5 overall and 6-2 in the A-10. George Washington, which brought a three-game winning streak into the game, slipped to 13-7, 6-2.
•The result created a three-way tie for second place in the A-10. SLU and GW join Fordham at 6-2, one game behind first-place Dayton.
HOW IT HAPPENED
•Saint Louis jumped out to a 9-3 lead behind five points from Kemph, but a 16-3 run featuring nine points from Lexi Martins put George Washington on top 19-12 with 3:38 left in the first quarter.
•The Billikens shut down the Colonials the rest of the period and scored the last four points to cut the GW lead to 19-16.
•Saint Louis expanded the run to 11-2 to surge ahead 23-21 at the 7:50 mark of the second quarter.
•The lead changed hands three more times in the quarter, which ended with GW leading 32-29.
•There were nine lead changes in the third quarter, and neither team led by more than two points. The period ended with Saint Louis in front 48-46 following Kemph’s three-point play with 26 seconds left.
•The Billikens allowed just two points in the first 5:23 of the fourth stanza. Meanwhile, Frantz’s three-point play and 3-point basket highlighted an 8-2 spurt that gave SLU a 56-48 lead.
•After GW narrowed the gap to three points at the 3-minute mark, a Kemph layup and two Kerri McMahan free throws pushed the lead to 62-55 with 2:08 remaining.
•Kendall Bresee hit two buckets, the second coming with 30 seconds left, to give the Colonials a final chance trailing 62-59. But Kemph and McMahan sank two free throws apiece on either side of a defensive stop, and Kemph added another for the final score.
•Saint Louis and George Washington committed 18 turnovers apiece, but the Billikens took greater advantage of the Colonials’ miscues by outscoring them 24-11 in points off turnovers.
•The Billikens recorded a season-high eight blocked shots.
•Kemph’s 24 points were just one shy of tying her season high. She added a game-high six assists.
•Frantz was 3-of-6 from 3-point range, part of SLU’s 8-of-20 (40 percent) effort from beyond the arc. She also collected four assists.
•Maddison Gits contributed seven points and five rebounds off the bench.
GEORGE WASHINGTON LEADERS
•Lexi Martins, 22 points, eight rebounds; Brianna Cummings, nine points, three steals; Kendall Bresee, eight points, 11 rebounds, five assists; Mei-Lyn Bautista, four assists, three steals.
UP NEXT•It’s a quick turnaround for the Billikens as they welcome Fordham to Chaifetz Arena Saturday, Jan. 28, for the annual “Billikens Pink Out” game in recognition of the fight against breast cancer. Tip time is 7 p.m.