Saint Louis 79, Ole Miss 64
Friday, November 17, 2017 | 4 p.m.
Wintrust Arena | Chicago, Illinois
• Saint Louis outscored Ole Miss 23-10 in the third quarter and never looked back in a 79-64 victory Friday afternoon in the opening game of DePaul’s Maggie Dixon Classic at Wintrust Arena.
• The Billikens improved to 2-1, while Ole Miss fell to 2-1.
• SLU advances to Saturday’s tournament championship game against DePaul, a 110-71 winner over Delaware State. Tip time is 4 p.m.
• Five players scored in double figures for SLU, which shot 48.5 percent from the field overall and 50 percent (9-of-18) from 3-point range. The Billikens also earned a 42-28 advantage on the glass.
There were three ties and nine lead changes in the opening frame. Saint Louis led by five points on three occasions, but it took two Jackie Kemph free throws just inside of a minute remaining to give the Billikens the lead, 22-21, after a quarter.
The back-and-forth continued as there were four ties and 10 lead changes. Saint Louis led by no more than two points, while Ole Miss took its largest lead, 34-30, with 5:45 left. The teams went to the locker rooms tied at 41.
The Billikens scored on their first four possessions for a 50-43 advantage. They went on to outscore the Rebels 23-10 – SLU’s highest point total in a quarter this season – and took a 64-51 lead to the final 10 minutes.
Saint Louis maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way, allowing Ole Miss to draw no closer than 11 points. The Billikens built the margin to 17 before settling for the 15-point victory.
• Saint Louis committed only 10 turnovers while forcing 15 Ole Miss turnovers.
• The Billikens held Ole Miss to 31 percent from the field in the second half after the Rebels had connected on 55 percent in the first half.
• SLU outscored Ole Miss 42-26 in points in the paint and 28-7 in bench points.
• Jordyn Frantz led a balanced Saint Louis offensive attack with 14 points. Frantz’ 5-of-7 shooting performance included a career-high-tying four 3-pointers (4-of-6). She added four assists and two steals.
• Jackie Kemph scored 13 points and led all players with six assists.
• Jenny Vliet tossed in 12 points on a 5-of-9 (2-of-3 from the arc) shooting effort. Vliet grabbed eight rebounds, including a game-high-tying four offensive boards.
• Paige Rakers tallied 11 points, the most she has scored as a Billiken and just one shy of her collegiate career high.
• Tara Dusharm (5-of-9 FG) netted a career-high 10 points and tied her career best of six rebounds.
• Maddison Gits posted her third straight double-digit rebound total, gathering a game-high 10 (three offensive). Gits added a career- and game-high three steals and three assists.
OLE MISS LEADERS
Madinah Muhammad, 29 points; Promise Taylor, 10 points, eight rebounds, three blocks.