GAME DETAILS

Saint Louis 58, Richmond 49

Atlantic 10 Championship First Round

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 7 p.m. (CST)

Chaifetz Arena | St. Louis, Missouri

 

THE BASICS

• 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.

 

FIRST HALF

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.

 

SECOND HALF

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.

 

BILLIKEN NOTABLES

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.

 

RICHMOND LEADERS

Claire Holt, 13 points; Jaide Hinds-Clarke, nine points, six rebounds; Emma Squires, nine points, six rebounds; Alex Parson, three assists, three steals