Billikens Fall at La Salle on Buzzer Beater
PHILADELPHIA - Shanel Harrison's 3-pointer at the buzzer gave La Salle a 49-46 Atlantic 10 Conference victory over Saint Louis Wednesday afternoon at Tom Gola Arena.
Harrison banked in her game-winning shot just moments after a 3-pointer by Jacy Bradley, who led SLU with 17 points, tied the game at 46.
Bradley added game highs of five assists and three steals. Desirae Ball had 13 points and three assists, while Mallory Eggert narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and a game-high nine rebounds. The Billikens topped the Explorers 37-32 on the boards.
Harrison scored a game-high 23 points, including 21 in the second half, and grabbed six rebounds. Siobhan Beslow collected seven rebounds, and Jordan Mosley recorded four assists.
The Billikens (10-14, 4-5 A-10) owned a 13-point first-half cushion but saw La Salle (8-16, 4-5 A-10) gradually work its way back into the game. The Explorers trailed by five at halftime, then began the second half with a 14-7 run to take a 28-26 edge.
Saint Louis responded with an 11-4 spurt that began with Bradley's 10-foot jumper in the lane. Ball's fast-break layup put the Billikens back on top, 30-28.
After La Salle tied it, Eggert sank a free throw and Courtney Webb drove the baseline for a reverse layup to give the Bills a 33-30 edge. SLU answered another Explorer basket with an Eggert layup and Bradley's fast-break layup for a 37-32 advantage.
La Salle quickly pulled even with Harrison's three-point play and a layup by Karynda Dupree. Harrison followed a bucket by Ball with another three-point play to put the Explorers on top 40-39.
Two Bradley free throws vaulted Saint Louis back into the lead, and Ball's fast-break layup increased the advantage to 43-40. La Salle scored the next six points but missed four of six free-throw attempts down the stretch, leaving the door open for Bradley's game-tying trey with 4.6 seconds left.
After La Salle took an early 3-2 lead, Saint Louis scored 17 of the next 20 points to go on top 19-6. However, the Explorers - who made just two of their first 21 shots - sank their final three attempts of the half to narrow the Billiken advantage to 19-14 at intermission.
La Salle's 14 first-half points are the fewest registered by a SLU opponent in any half this season. The Explorers are the ninth opponent this season the Billikens have held to fewer than 50 points, one game shy of the school record.
The Billikens return to action at home Sunday, Feb. 17, against Fordham. Tip time at Chaifetz Arena is 1 p.m.