Duquesne 72, Saint Louis 51
Atlantic 10 Championship Quarterfinals
Friday, March 8, 2019 | 6 p.m. (CST)
A.J. Palumbo Center | Pittsburgh, Pa.
• Kerri McMahan scored a career-high 18 points and Brooke Flowers hauled in a game-high 17 rebounds, but a big third quarter powered Duquesne to a 72-51 win over Saint Louis in an Atlantic 10 Championship quarterfinal Friday night.
• The sixth-seeded Billikens conclude the season with a 15-16 record. Third-seeded Duquesne advances to Saturday’s semifinals against second-seeded Fordham.
• McMahan was 7-of-13 from the field, including a 3-pointer, and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. She added five rebounds.
• Eight of Flowers’ rebounds came on the offensive glass, tying her career high. SLU’s 46-37 rebounding advantage included a season-high 19 offensive boards.
• Cold shooting marred the first quarter for the Billikens, who trailed 13-5 after the opening 10 minutes.
• The Saint Louis offense came to life in the second quarter as the Bills shot 67 percent (8-of-12).
• After an early 3-pointer gave Duquesne a 16-7 lead, a bucket by Flowers and two by McMahan brought SLU to within three, 16-13.
• Duquesne answered with a 6-0 spurt to restore its nine-point advantage. The Dukes were in front 27-18 with just over a minute left when a Ciaja Harbison jumper and a Chloe Rice trey made it a 27-23 game.
• Duquesne scored in the closing seconds and took a 29-23 edge to the locker room.
• Baskets by Harbison and McMahan in the first two minutes of the third quarter trimmed the Duquesne lead to two.
• The Dukes responded with a 15-0 run to establish a 44-27 cushion. Kendra Wilken’s free throw and Jordyn Frantz’s 3-pointer made it a 13-point game, but Duquesne finished the quarter with a 12-3 flurry and led 56-34 heading into the fourth quarter.
• Saint Louis drew no closer than 17 points in the final stanza.
• Flowers added eight points and a game-high-tying four blocks.
• Myia Clark contributed eight points and five rebounds (three offensive).
• Wilken and Evan Zars had five rebounds apiece. Three of Wilken’s boards came on the offensive glass.
• Frantz’s third-quarter 3-pointer gave her sole possession of second place on SLU’s all-time single-season list (79).
• Flowers finished the season with 264 rebounds to rank fifth on the Billikens’ single-season chart.
• Harbison had two steals to finish with 53, tying for fifth on the Saint Louis single-season list.
• McMahan scored in double figures for an eighth time in 10 games. She averaged 11.5 points during that stretch, 3.8 points higher than her season average.
Chassidy Omogrosso, 20 points, six rebounds; Conor Richardson, 12 points, four assists; Paige Cannon, 12 points; Libby Bazelak, six rebounds; Julijana Vojinovic, five assists; Kadri-Ann Lass, four blocks