GAME DETAILS

Massachusetts 70, Saint Louis 66

Sunday, January 6, 2019 | 1 p.m. (CT)

Mullins Center | Amherst, Massachusetts

 

THE BASICS

• Brooke Flowers registered a third straight double-double and three teammates also scored in double figures, but Massachusetts came away with a 70-66 victory over Saint Louis Sunday afternoon in the Atlantic 10 Conference opener for both teams.

Flowers scored a team-high 17 points and led all players with a career-high-tying 12 rebounds, including a game- and career-high seven offensive boards. She added a game- and career-high four blocks as well as a career-high three assists.

• Jordyn Frantz’s 15-point effort included three 3-pointers, giving her 171 treys for her career and sole possession of third place on SLU’s all-time list.

• Ciaja Harbison (5-of-10 FG, 2-of-2 3-pointers) tallied 13 points and Tasia Jeffries (4-of-7 FG, 2-of-4 3-pointers) tossed in a career-high 11 for SLU (5-9).

• Kerri McMahan led all players with a career-high-tying nine assists against only two turnovers in a career-high-tying 36 minutes.

 

FIRST QUARTER

After trailing 6-4, UMass finished the quarter with an 8-0 run for a 12-6 lead.

 

SECOND QUARTER

The Minutewomen built the margin to 12 points, 26-14, with 3:06 left.

The Billikens closed the period with a 7-0 spurt. Kendra Wilken made a layup, followed by a jumper and a triple by Jordyn Frantz, and it was 26-21 UMass at the break.

 

THIRD QUARTER

Trailing 35-27, Saint Louis took the lead with an 11-0 run that featured scoring from five different players. Treys by Chloe Rice and Tasia Jeffries on consecutive possessions tied the score and put the Bills on top.

UMass netted the next four points to regain the upper hand, but Jeffries scored seven points over the final 2:19 to send the Billikens into the final period with a 47-44 lead.

 

FOURTH QUARTER

A Brooke Flowers bucket on SLU’s first possession increased the margin to five.

After UMass tied it at 49, Flowers scored again for a 51-49 Billiken edge.

Five lead changes followed. UMass went in front for good, 59-58, with 3:50 to play, and the Minutewomen expanded the lead to 66-58 with 51 seconds left.

The Billikens took advantage of missed free throws by UMass to make it a one-possession game, 69-66, with five seconds remaining. But the Minutewomen were able to inbound the ball and make one free throw to seal the victory.

 

BILLIKEN NOTABLES

Saint Louis out-rebounded UMass 37-29. In addition to Flowers’ 12 rebounds, Myia Clark grabbed seven and Jordyn Frantz collected six.

The Billikens shot a solid 46.4 percent (26-of-56) from the field. They are 62-of-123 (50.4 percent) over the last two games, the best back-to-back performances of the season.

SLU was 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) from 3-point range for a second consecutive game, giving the Bills their best back-to-back efforts from the arc this season.

 

UMASS LEADERS

Jessica George, 18 points, five assists; Asia McCoy, 14 points; Hailey Leidel, 12 points, six rebounds; Bre Hampton-Bey, nine points; Jessica Nelson, seven rebounds

 

UP NEXT

The Billikens take on Saint Joseph’s Wednesday, Jan. 9, in Philadelphia. Game time is 10:30 a.m. (CT).