Saint Louis 79, La Salle 74
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 7 p.m. (ET)
Tom Gola Arena | Philadelphia, Pa.
•Sadie Stipanovich tied for game-high scoring honors with 28 points, and Saint Louis remained in a second-place tie in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a hard-fought, 79-74 win over La Salle Wednesday night at Tom Gola Arena.
•The Billikens, who captured their third straight decision, improved to 21-6 overall and 11-3 in the A-10. They are tied with George Washington for second place, one game behind Dayton with two games remaining.
•La Salle fell to 15-11, 8-6.
HOW IT HAPPENED
•After taking a three-point lead to intermission, Saint Louis saw La Salle grab a 41-40 lead with 6:30 left in the third quarter.
•The Billikens answered with a 12-3 run, featuring points from five different players, to go in front 52-44 with 2:07 to play in the period. SLU ended the third with a 54-50 lead.
•In the final stanza, La Salle either tied the score or took a one-point lead on five occasions, only to see Saint Louis regain the upper hand on its next possession all five times.
•Two Jordyn Frantz free throws with 4:11 remaining put the Bills on top for good, 67-66. A Stipanovich free throw with 1:05 left made it 75-70 Saint Louis.
•La Salle’s Amy Griffin scored on both sides of a SLU turnover to narrow the Billiken lead to a single point with 28 seconds left.
•Kerri McMahan was fouled on the Bills’ ensuing possession and sank both free throws to make it a three-point game.
•The Explorers had three looks at a potential game-tying 3-pointer, but all three attempts were off the mark. Frantz netted two free throws to secure the victory for Saint Louis.
•Except for a 2-0 La Salle advantage, Saint Louis led the entire first half. The Billikens were on top 18-14 after one quarter, and they led by six points on three occasions before settling for a 34-31 halftime edge.
•Saint Louis sank 24 free throws (24-of-29, 82.8 percent), the most the Billikens have made in an A-10 game this season.
•For an eighth time this season, the Bills had a single-digit turnover total (eight). They have committed fewer than 10 turnovers in two straight and three of the last five games. SLU forced 16 La Salle miscues and outscored the Explorers 16-8 in points off turnovers.
•Stipanovich, who scored 20 or more points for a 16th time in her career, registered 13 field goals (13-of-19), just one off her career high. She also made a career-, game- and SLU season-high five steals, tied her career best of three assists and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds while playing a season-high 37 minutes.
•Jackie Kemph scored 15 points.
•Frantz, who tied her career high of seven free throws made (7-of-7), finished with 12 points.
•McMahan scored 11 points – her season high in an A-10 game – and led the Billikens with four assists.
•Maddison Gits tallied six points, six rebounds and a career-high-tying three assists.
LA SALLE LEADERS
•Amy Griffin, 28 points (10-of-10 FT), four blocks; Jasmine Alston, 17 points, nine rebounds, five assists; Adreana Miller, 15 points; Sofilia Ngwafang, eight rebounds.
UP NEXT•The Billikens play their final home game of the season Saturday, Feb. 18, against Richmond. Tip time at Chaifetz Arena is 7 p.m. Senior players Olivia Jakubicek, Erin Nelson and Sadie Stipanovich, as well as senior student manager Tyler Stone, will be honored following the game.