Saint Louis 62, IUPUI 57
WNIT First Round
Thursday, March 16, 2017 | 7 p.m.
Chaifetz Arena | St. Louis, Missouri
•Saint Louis rallied for a 62-57 victory over IUPUI Thursday in the first round of the WNIT at Chaifetz Arena.
•The Billikens (25-8) advance to the WNIT second round to face Indiana in Bloomington on Sunday afternoon. Tipoff at Assembly Hall is scheduled for 1 p.m. (CT).
•Sadie Stipanovich led the Billikens with 22 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. She also tied her career high with five steals.
•Jackie Kemph had three assists to give her 242 for the season, breaking the school record of 239 she set last year.
•Saint Louis grabbed its first lead of the game late in the third quarter. The Billikens used a 15-2 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to take a lead they would not relinquish.
•IUPUI concludes its season with a 24-9 record.
HOW IT HAPPENED
•Stipanovich scored two straight buckets to end the first quarter to bring the Billikens to within four of the lead at 16-12. SLU had trailed by nine in the opening stanza after IUPUI went on a 9-0 run to take command early.
•IUPUI led the entire second quarter. SLU pulled to within two of the lead late, but the Jaguars’ Jenna Gunn buried a 3-pointer with 1:13 left in the second quarter to send IUPUI into the locker room with a 31-26 advantage.
•The Billikens took the lead for the first time at the 1:35 mark of the third quarter when Kemph found Stipanovich inside. Stipanovich made the basket, was fouled and buried the ensuing free throw to make it 43-41 Billikens.
•Jordyn Frantz hit a pair of free throws to cap a 9-0 SLU run that gave the Billikens the lead. Saint Louis led 45-43 at the end of three quarters.
•Saint Louis kept up the pace into the fourth quarter, scoring the first six points of the frame to lead by eight, 51-43.
•IUPUI did not go down quietly, however, and used a 6-0 spurt to make it a two-point game with six minutes remaining.
•Kemph answered with two straight buckets, and the Billikens played strong defense down the stretch to hang on for the five-point victory.
•Saint Louis set school season records for points (2,432) and blocks (113).
•Stipanovich, the Billikens’ all-time leading scorer (1,575 points), posted her 10th double-double of the season and 20th of her career. Her 16 rebounds were not only a career high, but also the most by a Billiken this season. Stipanovich went 9-of-13 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line to account for her 22 points.
•Stipanovich moved into a second-place tie on Saint Louis’ career rebounds list (882).
•Kemph was 6-of-14 from the field and scored 13 points; she moved into sixth place on SLU’s career scoring list (1,369 points). Frantz added 11 points and dished out a team-high five assists.
•Olivia Jakubicek grabbed six rebounds and moved into ninth place on the Billikens’ career list with 667 caroms.
•The SLU defense held IUPUI leading scorer Danielle Lawrence to three points on 1-of-9 shooting.
•The Billikens won despite not hitting a 3-pointer in the contest.
•Mikale Rogers led the Jaguars with 17 points and six rebounds. Kelsi Byrd sank four 3-pointers en route to 16 points. Holly Hoopingarner dished out a team-high five assists.