VCU 88, Saint Louis 84 (OT)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | 6 p.m. (EST)

E.J. Wade Arena | Richmond, Va.



• Jackie Kemph scored 19 of her team-high 23 points in the second half to lead a Saint Louis rally, but the Billikens fell to VCU 88-84 in overtime Wednesday night at E.J. Wade Arena.

The Billikens slipped to 14-14 overall and 8-7 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. VCU improved to 7-20, 4-11.



VCU led by six points on two occasions before Saint Louis made a late run.

The Billikens used a 9-2 spurt, including two Tara Dusharm baskets and a Jordyn Frantz 3-pointer, to go on top 19-18.

VCU led 20-19 at the buzzer.



Frantz nailed another trey with 7:50 left to tie it at 24.

Both teams experienced a lengthy scoring drought before Jenny Vliet scored in the lane to put the Billikens in front 26-24 at the 4:06 mark.

VCU outscored SLU 11-3 the rest of the way and took a 35-29 advantage to the locker room.



The Rams earned their first double-digit lead, 41-31, with 7:58 to play, and were ahead 43-32 with 5:25 remaining.

The Billikens chipped away, using five points from Aaliyah Covington and four from Kemph to narrow the gap to 50-45. A VCU free throw made it 51-45 heading to the fourth quarter.



VCU outscored Saint Louis 11-5 in the first 2:45 of the period to register its largest cushion, 62-50.

It was 70-60 with just over three minutes left when the Billikens began the surge that would force the game into an extra session.

Kemph ignited the run with a three-point play. Maddison Gits made a layup following two offensive rebounds, and Kemph chalked up another three-point play to trim the lead to 70-68 with 1:38 left.

After VCU committed a turnover, Kemph drove for the game-tying bucket with 44 seconds to play. Both teams missed chances to win in regulation, and SLU found itself in its third overtime game of the season.



After the teams traded baskets, VCU took the lead for good with 3:22 left.

The Rams led by as many as eight points and made enough free throws down the stretch to hold off the Billikens.



Saint Louis earned a 42-38 advantage on the boards.

Kemph’s 23-point performance included 9-of-11 from the free throw line. She had a game-high six assists.

• Jenny Vliet grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

• Aaliyah Covington scored 11 points.

• Maddison Gits, Paige Rakers and Tara Dusharm tallied 10 points apiece. Gits narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds.



Tera Reed, 24 points, six rebounds; Nyra Williams, 15 points; Danielle Hammond, 14 points, eight rebounds; Taya Robinson, 14 points, six rebounds.



The Billikens close the regular season Saturday, Feb. 24, against Dayton at Chaifetz Arena. Tip time is 2 p.m. The SLU senior class will be honored following the game.