Dayton 68, Saint Louis 62 (OT)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 7 p.m. (ET)
UD Arena | Dayton, Ohio
•Jenny Vliet recorded her third career double-double and Sadie Stipanovich scored a game-high 20 points, but Saint Louis was outlasted by Dayton, 68-62 in overtime, Wednesday night at UD Arena.
•The Billikens, who saw their winning streak end at four, conclude the regular season 22-7 overall and 12-4 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. SLU tied Saint Joseph’s for third place in the A-10 and is the No. 4 seed for the A-10 Championship. The Bills host No. 13 Massachusetts Sunday, Feb. 26, in a first-round game that begins at 2 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.
•Dayton (19-9, 13-3) tied George Washington for the regular-season title and earned the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament.
HOW IT HAPPENED
•Dayton led 34-32 at halftime and gradually built the margin to 10 points, 47-37, midway through the third quarter.
•Jackie Kemph netted a pair of free throws and followed with a three-point play to cut the Dayton advantage in half.
•After a Jordyn Frantz free throw made it a four-point game, Dayton used a 7-2 run to go on top 54-45 with less than a minute left in the third. But Frantz’s layup and two Vliet free throws made it a 54-49 game at the end of the period.
•Both teams were ice cold in the fourth quarter, with SLU shooting 3-of-15 and Dayton going 0-of-11 from the field.
•Trailing 56-53, Saint Louis tied it on a banked-in 3-pointer by Stipanovich from the right wing with 12.4 seconds remaining. The Billikens forced a turnover with 8.1 ticks left and had a shot to win, but it was off the mark and SLU headed to its first overtime game of the season.
•Dayton scored the first seven points in the extra frame, and Saint Louis drew no closer than four points the rest of the way.
•The lead changed hands 11 times in the first quarter, which ended with Dayton owning an 18-17 lead.
•The Flyers increased the margin to five, but a 12-4 Billiken spurt led by Stipanovich’s five points gave SLU a 32-29 advantage with a minute left in the second quarter. However, Dayton scored the last five points of the quarter for a two-point halftime lead.
•Vliet scored 14 points and posted career highs of 15 rebounds and seven offensive rebounds (game high). She added four assists, a block and a steal.
•Stipanovich reached the 20-point mark for a third consecutive game, an eighth time this season and an 18th time in her career. She added a game-high three steals.
•Frantz had 11 points and a season-high six rebounds.
•Kemph tallied eight points and a game-high eight assists.
DAYTON LEADERS•Saicha Grant-Allen, 12 points, 17 rebounds; Kelley Austria, 16 points; Lauren Cannatelli, 12 points; Alex Harris, nine points, 10 rebounds, five blocks; JaVonna Layfield, eight points, 10 rebounds; Jenna Burdette, five assists.