Saint Louis 91, Massachusetts 51
Sunday, February 26, 2017 | 2 p.m. (CT)
Chaifetz Arena | St. Louis, Mo.
•Saint Louis tied a season high with 12 3-pointers and rolled to a 91-51 victory over Massachusetts in an Atlantic 10 Conference Championship first-round game Sunday at Chaifetz Arena.
•The fourth-seeded Billikens (23-7) advance to the quarterfinal round of the A-10 Championship to face No. 5 seed Fordham on Friday at 1 p.m. (CT) at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia. Fordham defeated Davidson today to advance in the Championship.
•UMass, the No. 13 seed, concluded its season with a 9-21 record.
HOW IT HAPPENED
•There were two ties and three lead changes in the first quarter. Saint Louis trailed 10-9 but outscored UMass 7-0 over the final 5:09 to lead 16-10.
•The Billikens took their first double-digit lead, 24-13, on a Jenny Vliet 3-pointer with 7:03 left in the second quarter. Alyx Stiff’s bucket cut the margin to nine, but Maddison Gits answered with a jumper to put SLU’s advantage in double figures for good.
•Saint Louis outscored UMass 32-15 in the second quarter and led by as many as 26 points before settling for a 48-25 halftime cushion.
•SLU was on top 70-40 after three quarters. Its largest lead was 42 points.
•Saint Louis’ dozen 3-pointers gave the Billikens 210 for the season, breaking the school record of 205 set last year (in 34 games). SLU has set a season record for treys in three consecutive years.
•The 40-point victory margin is the Billikens’ largest ever vs. an A-10 opponent. SLU owns the three largest margins of victory in the conference this season (Lipscomb by 45, SIUE by 41).
•The Billikens scored 90 or more points for a fourth time this season.
•The Billikens recorded 31 assists on 35 field goals.
•The Bills committed just nine turnovers. SLU has 10 games with a single-digit turnover total this season, including four of the last five outings.
•Saint Louis was 12-of-23 (52.2 percent) from 3-point range, the eighth time this season the Billikens have buried 10 or more triples and the fourth time they have shot 50 percent or higher from the arc. In two games vs. UMass this season, SLU shot 48 percent (24-of-50) from 3-point distance.
•The Bills connected on 55.6 percent (35-of-63) from the field overall.
•SLU’s 32 second-quarter points tied its second-highest output in any quarter this season.
•Saint Louis won by a double-digit margin for an 18th time this season, extending its school record.
•The Billikens registered a season-high 10 blocked shots -- just one shy of tying the school record – and a season-high 13 steals.
•Jackie Kemph (7-of-9 FG, 4-of-5 3-pointers) scored a game-high 20 points, the 18th time she has reached the 20-point mark in her career (eighth time this season). Kemph had game highs of four steals (tying her career high) and nine assists.
•Kemph moved up a notch on three Saint Louis career lists. She is now No. 8 in points (1,311), No. 4 in free throws made (324) and No. 9 in 3-pointers (111).
•Kerri McMahan (5-of-6 FG) netted 13 points, her season high vs. an A-10 opponent.
•Jenny Vliet (4-of-7 FG, 3-of-5 3-pointers) tallied 11 points; a career-high and SLU season-high five blocks; a career-high-tying three steals; five rebounds; and four assists.
•Maddison Gits (4-of-8 FG) scored 10 points – her season high vs. an A-10 opponent – grabbed five rebounds, registered a career-high four assists and matched her career high of two blocks.
•Jordyn Frantz had 10 points and six assists.
•Erin Nelson was 2-of-3 from 3-point range for six points.
•Olivia Jakubicek had a game-high five offensive rebounds among her seven total boards.
•Paige Rakers had a career-high-tying three assists in seven minutes off the bench.
MASSACHUSETTS LEADERS•Maggie Mulligan, 16 points, eight rebounds, five blocks; Hailey Leidel, 14 points, five rebounds; Ryan Holder, nine points, five rebounds, three blocks; Leah McDerment, eight points, eight assists.