Saint Louis 82, Fordham 58
Saturday, January 28, 2017 | 7 p.m.
Chaifetz Arena | St. Louis, Missouri
•Sadie Stipanovich scored a game-high 22 points to lead four Saint Louis players in double figures, and the Billikens claimed sole possession of second place in the Atlantic 10 Conference with an 82-58 victory over Fordham Saturday night at Chaifetz Arena.
•The Billikens, ranked No. 8 in the ESPNW national mid-major poll, improved to 17-5 overall and 7-2 in the A-10 with their third consecutive victory. They are one game behind Dayton in the A-10 race.
•Fordham suffered a third straight defeat and fell to 15-8, 6-3.
•The annual Billikens Pink Out Game to raise awareness of breast cancer drew a crowd of 6,157.
HOW IT HAPPENED
•Saint Louis controlled the opening tip, and Jordyn Frantz buried a 3-pointer on the initial possession to give the Billikens a lead they would not relinquish. Jackie Kemph’s layup made it 5-0.
•After Fordham scored its first points at the 7:19 mark, Frantz drilled another triple, Olivia Jakubicek made a layup and Sadie Stipanovich hit a short jumper on consecutive possessions for the Bills’ first double-digit lead, 12-2.
•A Jenny Vliet trey with 1:13 left capped a 9-2 run and gave Saint Louis its largest first-quarter lead, 23-11. It was 23-13 after one period.
•Fordham scored the first five points of the second quarter to make it a 23-18 game, but that was as close as the Rams would get. Vliet connected from the arc and followed with a three-point play, and Kemph banged home a trey in a 9-0 spurt that put SLU in front 32-14.
•The margin grew to 16 points before the Billikens took a 39-29 advantage to the locker room.
•As she did to begin the game, Frantz knocked down a 3-pointer to open the second half. Fordham’s Kate Kreslina answered with a 3-pointer and a layup to reduce the Saint Louis lead to eight, 42-34.
•It was 44-36 when the Billikens began a run that would put them firmly in command. They outscored Fordham 18-7 over the final 6:55 of the third quarter to take a 62-43 cushion to the final 10 minutes. Vliet collected two more 3-pointers, and Stipanovich also scored six points during the run.
•The lead ballooned to 27 points late in the fourth quarter before the final score was reached.
•The 82 points scored by Saint Louis equaled the highest total allowed this season by Fordham, which entered the game leading the A-10 in scoring defense (56 points per game allowed). The Billikens’ 39 first-half points are the most yielded by the Rams in any half this season.
•SLU shot 55.6 percent (30-of-54) from the field, its fourth-highest mark of the season overall and second highest in an A-10 game.
•The Billikens shot 50 percent (10-of-20) from 3-point distance, their best performance in an A-10 game this season and tied for their second-best effort overall. SLU reached double figures in 3-pointers for a sixth time this year.
•Saint Louis connected on 12 of 13 free throws (92.3 percent).
•The Bills recorded an assist on 24 of their 30 field goals and committed only 12 turnovers.
•SLU held Fordham to 36.1 percent (22-of-61) overall and 10 percent (2-of-20) from beyond the arc.
•Sadie Stipanovich reached the 20-point mark for a fifth time this season. Her 22 points (10-of-16 FG) are her second-highest total this season.
•Stipanovich moved into fourth place on SLU's career scoring list with 1,395 points, and into a tie for fourth on the school's career rebounds chart with 788.
•Jordyn Frantz tied her career high of four 3-pointers (4-of-5) and finished with 16 points and four assists.
•Jenny Vliet equaled her season high of four 3-pointers (4-of-5). Vliet scored 15 points and tied her season high with six assists.
•Jackie Kemph (6-of-11 FG) tallied 15 points and a game-high seven assists.
•Olivia Jakubicek pulled down a team-high eight rebounds, while Maddison Gits collected five boards.
•Aaliyah Covington tossed in six points.
•G’mrice Davis, 20 points, 10 rebounds; Kate Kreslina, 13 points; Anna Kelly, 11 points, nine rebounds.
UP NEXT•The Billikens head to Amherst, Massachusetts, to take on UMass Wednesday, Feb. 1. Game time is 6 p.m. (CT).