Saint Louis 74, St. Bonaventure 58
Saturday, February 11, 2017 | 1 p.m. (ET)
Reilly Center | Olean, New York
•Jackie Kemph registered game highs of 20 points, eight assists and three steals, and Saint Louis reached 20 victories for a second consecutive season with a 74-58 Atlantic 10 Conference win over St. Bonaventure Saturday afternoon at the Reilly Center.
•The Billikens, ranked No. 10 in the ESPNW national mid-major poll, improved to 20-6 overall and 10-3 in the league. SLU is in sole possession of second place in the A-10, one-half game ahead of George Washington. GW (9-3) hosts league-leading Dayton (11-1) on Sunday.
•Saint Louis reached the 20-victory mark for a second consecutive season after recording a school-record 26 wins a year ago.
•The Billikens won at St. Bonaventure for the first time.
•St. Bonaventure (9-16, 4-9) dropped a fourth straight decision.
HOW IT HAPPENED
•Following two ties in the first four minutes, Saint Louis took the lead for good, 9-7, on a jumper by Olivia Jakubicek. The bucket triggered a 15-4 run that featured scoring from five different players and gave the Billikens a 22-11 lead.
•SLU led 26-16 at the end of the first quarter after shooting 75 percent (12-of-16) from the field.
•The Billikens’ offense cooled in the second quarter, but the defense turned up the heat. Saint Louis outscored St. Bonaventure 10-4 in the period and took a 36-20 advantage to the locker room.
•The Bills gradually increased the margin and finished the third quarter with a 60-35 cushion.
•The lead grew to 28 points in the fourth before a late St. Bonaventure spurt made it a 16-point Saint Louis win.
•The Billikens tied their season low of seven turnovers and just missed tying the school record of six. It was SLU’s seventh game with a single-digit turnover total this season.
•SLU outscored St. Bonaventure 50-22 in the paint and 18-5 in points off turnovers.
•Although the Billikens had an off day from 3-point range (3-of-24), they made 71.8 percent (28-of-39) of their 2-point attempts and finished the game at 49.2 percent overall.
•Saint Louis limited St. Bonaventure to 34.5 percent shooting overall and 11.1 percent (2-of-18) from beyond the arc. Billiken opponents are shooting just 19.8 percent from 3-point distance over the last seven games.
•Kemph was 8-of-13 from the field, including two 3-pointers. She went over the 600-assist mark for her career, extending her school record to 607.
•Also, Kemph moved into 11th place on SLU’s career scoring list with 1,257 points.
•Sadie Stipanovich connected on 6-of-7 from the field and finished with 14 points. Stipanovich also had two blocks to move into a third-place tie on SLU’s career list with 92.
•Maddison Gits led the Billikens with a season-high nine rebounds.
•Olivia Jakubicek tallied 10 points and five rebounds.
ST. BONAVENTURE LEADERS
•Gabby Richmond, 20 points, 11 rebounds; Mariah Ruff, 18 points, five rebounds; Jalisha Terry, four assists.
UP NEXT•The Billikens are in Philadelphia Wednesday, Feb. 15, to play La Salle. Game time is 6 p.m. (CT).