Saint Louis 81, Massachusetts 60
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 | 7 p.m. (ET)
Mullins Center | Amherst, Massachusetts
•Jordyn Frantz and Jenny Vliet scored 16 points apiece, and Sadie Stipanovich and Jackie Kemph tossed in 14 each to lead Saint Louis to an 81-60 Atlantic 10 Conference victory over Massachusetts Wednesday night at the Mullins Center.
•The Billikens, ranked No. 10 in the ESPNW national mid-major poll, improved to 18-5 overall and 8-2 in the league with their fourth straight win. They are in second place in the A-10 standings, one game behind Dayton.
•UMass fell to 9-15 overall and 3-8 in the conference with its fifth consecutive defeat.
HOW IT HAPPENED
•The Billikens made their first five shots, including two 3-pointers apiece by Frantz and Vliet, to grab a 14-3 lead just 2:50 into the game.
•The lead ballooned to 18 points, 25-7, before SLU settled for a 28-12 cushion at the end of one quarter.
•Trailing by 16 late in the second quarter, UMass put together a 10-2 run to make it a 44-36 Saint Louis advantage at halftime.
•The Bills increased the margin to 12 with early third-quarter buckets by Vliet and Stipanovich.
•UMass scored the next three points to make it a single-digit game again. But Erin Nelson hit two free throws, and Kemph made two straight steals that led to layups to push the advantage to 54-39.
•Saint Louis led 64-48 after three quarters and surged ahead by 27 in the fourth before finishing with the 21-point victory.
•The Billikens’ 28 first-quarter points tied their best first-quarter output of the season.
•SLU tied its season high of 12 3-pointers (12-of-27), finishing just one triple shy of the school record.
•Saint Louis had 26 assists on 30 field goals.
•The Bills committed only eight turnovers, their sixth game with a single-digit total this season.
•SLU scored in the 80s for an eighth time this season after doing so just five times all of last season.
•The Billikens shot 90 percent (9-of-10) from the foul line.
•Frantz (4-of-7) and Vliet (4-of-8) hit four 3-pointers for a second consecutive game. Vliet moved into sixth place on SLU’s career list with 131 treys, while Frantz equaled her career high from beyond the arc.
•Stipanovich grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds to go with her 14 points, notching her seventh double-double of the season and 17th of her career.
•Kemph tallied a game-high eight assists and moved into 14th on the Billikens’ career scoring list (1,201 points).
•Frantz and Kerri McMahan recorded four assists apiece, and Frantz had a game-high and career-high-tying three steals.
•Maggie Mulligan, 22 points, 14 rebounds; Hailey Leidel, 17 points, 11 rebounds; Leah McDerment, six assists.
UP NEXT•The Billikens host Saint Joseph’s Sunday, Feb. 5, at 3 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.