Saint Louis 77, VCU 72
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 | 7 p.m.
Chaifetz Arena | Saint Louis, Missouri
•Saint Louis let a big lead slip away but responded when it counted to post a 77-72 Atlantic 10 Conference win over VCU Wednesday night at Chaifetz Arena.
•The Billikens, ranked No. 10 in the ESPNW national mid-major poll, improved to 19-6 overall and 9-3 in the league. SLU is tied with George Washington for second place in the A-10, two games behind Dayton with four games remaining.
•VCU fell to 13-12, 6-6.
HOW IT HAPPENED
•After jumping out to leads of 7-0 and 12-4, Saint Louis settled for a 20-18 edge after one quarter.
•The Billikens began the second quarter with a 10-2 run, capped by 3-pointers from Jackie Kemph and Jordyn Frantz, for their first double-digit lead, 30-20.
•SLU went on to outscore VCU 28-15 in the period to take a 48-33 advantage to the locker room.
•The lead was 55-37 midway through the third quarter when VCU began its comeback. From the 5:20 mark of the third quarter to the 2:07 mark of the fourth, the Rams outscored the Billikens 35-13 to go on top 72-68.
•But Frantz drilled 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions for a 74-72 Saint Louis lead, and the Billikens held VCU scoreless on the Rams’ final four possessions. Kemph sank two free throws with 15 seconds left and another with a tick remaining for the final score.
•Saint Louis had 21 assists on 27 field goals.
•The Billikens shot 40 percent (8-of-20) from 3-point distance.
•Kemph scored a game-high 19 points.
•Sadie Stipanovich (8-of-13 FG) tallied 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds (five offensive) for her eighth double-double of the season and 18th of her career. Stipanovich registered a 24th career double-digit rebound total and moved into third place on Saint Louis’ career rebounds list (822).
•Frantz collected 12 points – all on a career-high-tying four 3-pointers (4-of-8) – and five assists.
•Jenny Vliet nearly posted SLU’s first-ever triple-double, finishing with 10 points, nine rebounds and a career-high-tying eight assists.
•Kerri McMahan (6-of-6 FTs) tossed in 10 points, her career best in an A-10 game. McMahan sank a career-high six free throws and equaled her career high of six free throw attempts.
•Maddison Gits was 3-of-3 from the field for six points.
•Olivia Jakubicek grabbed five rebounds.
•Keira Robinson, 12 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, four steals; Ashley Pegram, 12 points; Curteeona Brelove, 11 points, six rebounds; GG Goodhope, 10 points; Mooriah Rowser, 10 points.
UP NEXT•The Billikens travel to Olean, New York, for a rematch with St. Bonaventure Saturday, Feb. 11. Game time is noon (CT).