Kansas State 75, Saint Louis 61

WNIT First Round

Thursday, March 15, 2018 | 7 p.m.

Bramlage Coliseum | Manhattan, Kan.



• Maddison Gits scored 14 points and Jenny Vliet tossed in 13 for Saint Louis, but the Billikens’ season ended with a 75-61 loss to Kansas State Thursday night in a Women’s National Invitation Tournament first-round game at Bramlage Coliseum.

The Billikens finished the campaign with a 17-16 record. Kansas State advanced to the second round with a 17-15 mark.



Kansas State led 5-0, and Saint Louis didn’t score until Jordyn Frantz made a fast-break layup with 4:38 left.

The Billikens forged an 8-8 tie when Frantz hit a jumper at the 1:45 mark, and a Gits layup with 45 seconds left made it 10-10.

K-State scored at the buzzer to lead 12-10.



The Wildcats stretched the lead to eight points on two occasions.

Jackie Kemph and Tasia Jeffries buried 3-pointers that narrowed the gap to three points.

Three free throws in the final 1:17 gave K-State a 38-32 halftime lead.



Kansas State’s advantage reached double digits for the first time with 7:30 remaining on a Peyton Williams three-point play.

The Wildcats were in front 55-40 at the 4:25 mark when the Billikens started to chip away.

SLU went on a 9-2 run the rest of the quarter and trailed 57-49 heading into the final 10 minutes.



K-State regained a double-digit advantage with two free throws on its first possession.

The Wildcats kept the Billikens off the scoreboard for more than four minutes, and SLU drew no closer than 11 points the rest of the way.



Vliet was 5-of-8 from the floor overall and 3-of-4 from 3-point range. She finished her career with 199 treys, No. 2 on the Billikens’ all-time list.

Vliet also grabbed a team-high six rebounds. She concluded her career with 669 boards, good for ninth place on the SLU list.

Gits was 6-of-9 from the floor and collected five rebounds.

Kemph had nine points and a game-high 10 assists, the 21st time in her career she has tallied 10 or more helpers. She finished her career with school records of 1,894 points, 899 assists and 490 free throws made.

Frantz scored nine points, while Tara Dusharm (4-of-7 FG) contributed eight points.

Saint Louis recorded 19 assists on 24 made field goals.



Peyton Williams, 21 points, eight rebounds; Kayla Goth, 19 points, six assists; Rachel Ranke, 17 points, 10 rebounds; Shaelyn Martin, eight points, nine rebounds, eight assists; Kaylee Page, six rebounds.