Saint Louis 58, Richmond 49
Atlantic 10 Championship First Round
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 7 p.m. (CST)
Chaifetz Arena | St. Louis, Missouri
• Brooke Flowers registered her eighth double-double of the season and Kerri McMahan poured in 14 points to lead sixth-seeded Saint Louis to a 58-49 victory over 11th-seeded Richmond in an Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Basketball Championship first-round game Tuesday night at Chaifetz Arena.
• Saint Louis (15-15) advances to the quarterfinals to face third-seeded Duquesne (18-12), a 106-69 first-round winner over No. 14 Rhode Island Tuesday night. The Billikens and Dukes tip off at 6 p.m. (CST) Friday, March 8. The quarterfinals, Saturday’s semifinals and Sunday’s title game will be played at Duquesne’s A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
• Richmond, which fell to SLU for a fifth consecutive time, finished its season 9-21.
• Flowers tied McMahan for the game scoring high and hauled in a game-high 15 rebounds, including five offensive boards. She was 6-of-8 from the field and added a game-high three blocks.
• Ciaja Harbison matched her career best with a game-high eight assists, tied the game high of three steals and grabbed five rebounds.
• Richmond led 14-8 with less than a minute to play in the first quarter, but a 3-pointer by Chloe Rice cut the margin in half.
• Rice’s trey ignited a 12-0 run that included five points from Jordyn Frantz, and it was 20-14 Billikens with 5:57 remaining in the second quarter.
• SLU led by eight points twice before settling for a 29-24 halftime edge.
• The Billikens sizzled in the third quarter, shooting 64 percent (7-of-11) and outscoring the Spiders 19-6.
• Evan Zars began the period by drilling a 3-pointer, and back-to-back buckets by McMahan gave Saint Louis its first double-digit advantage, 36-26, with 7:04 left.
• The lead was 38-30 at the 4-minute mark when the Bills caught fire. Myia Clark sparked a 10-0 run that also included four points from Flowers and Kendra Wilken’s three-point play, and SLU carried a 48-30 cushion to the fourth quarter.
• Richmond made things interesting with a 15-2 spurt that trimmed the Saint Louis lead to 50-45 with 3:22 to play.
• Frantz increased the lead to eight with a crucial 3-pointer at the 2:57 mark, but Richmond’s Emma Squires answered with a trey of her own to make it 53-48 with 2:32 left.
• A bucket by McMahan with 1:58 remaining boosted the lead to 55-48. Richmond managed just one free throw the rest of the way, while McMahan sank three of four from the stripe to secure the win.
• The Billikens outrebounded the Spiders 41-27.
• Saint Louis shot 42.6 percent from the field overall while holding Richmond to 37.3 percent. The Billikens connected on 40 percent (6-of-15) from 3-point range and limited the Spiders to 25 percent (4-of-16).
• Ciaja Harbison broke the Saint Louis freshman record for points in a season. Harbison has 446 points.
• Harbison’s three steals gave her 51 for the season, tying Dawn Elser (1987-88) for ninth on SLU’s all-time list.
• Jordyn Frantz connected twice from beyond the arc and now has 78 3-pointers this season, tying Lynette Pestel (1994-95) for second place on SLU’s single-season list.
• Brooke Flowers’ 15 rebounds pushed her season total to 247, tying Kate Hart (1980-81) for seventh on the Billikens’ single-season chart.
• Evan Zars collected seven rebounds.
• Jordyn Frantz and Kendra Wilken scored eight and seven points, respectively.
Claire Holt, 13 points; Jaide Hinds-Clarke, nine points, six rebounds; Emma Squires, nine points, six rebounds; Alex Parson, three assists, three steals