Saint Louis 85, Dayton 72
Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 2 p.m.
Chaifetz Arena | St. Louis, Mo.
• Five Saint Louis players scored in double figures, and the Billikens concluded the regular season on a strong note with an 85-72 victory over Dayton Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at Chaifetz Arena.
• The Billikens, who snapped a three-game skid, improved to 15-14 overall and 9-7 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. A-10 regular-season champion Dayton slipped to 22-5, 15-1.
• Saint Louis finished seventh in the league standings and will host 10th-place Massachusetts (14-15, 6-10) in an A-10 Championship first-round Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the quarterfinals in Richmond, Virginia, to face second-seeded Duquesne (23-6, 13-3) Friday at 3:30 p.m. (CT).
• After falling behind 8-3, Saint Louis took a 12-11 lead with a 9-3 spurt that saw four different players score.
• Dayton answered with a 14-5 run to go on top 25-17, and the Flyers led 25-19 after one quarter.
• The Dayton lead ranged from three to seven points for much of the period, and the Flyers owned a 36-29 advantage with 5:25 left.
• Saint Louis responded with a 12-2 run that included 3-pointers from Jordyn Frantz, Paige Rakers and Aaliyah Covington, and the Billikens led 41-38 with 2:00 remaining.
• Dayton knocked down a triple to create a 41-41 deadlock at intermission.
• The Flyers used an 8-2 run to build a 49-43 lead.
• Maddison Gits tallied a 3-pointer and a layup, and Rakers hit a layup that put the Billikens on top 50-49.
• Four ties and six lead changes followed. The final lead swap occurred when Kerri McMahan scored to put the Billikens in front for good, 56-55, at the 2:20 mark.
• Rakers rebounded her own miss and scored at the buzzer for a 65-59 Saint Louis lead.
• Dayton scored on its initial fourth-quarter possession to narrow the gap to four points, but that was as close as the Flyers would get.
• Lauren Cannatelli’s 3-pointer brought Dayton to within six, 72-66, with 7:18 remaining. But Saint Louis finished the game on a 13-6 run, holding UD to just one field goal during that stretch.
• Saint Louis committed only seven turnovers, tying its season low.
• The Billikens shot a season-high 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from 3-point distance.
• SLU connected on 80 percent (20-of-25) from the free throw line.
• Jackie Kemph tied for game-high scoring honors with 19 points. Kemph added a game-high seven assists with just one turnover while playing all 40 minutes. She was 4-of-6 from the field overall, 2-of-3 from 3-point range and 9-of-9 from the foul line.
• Maddison Gits recorded her 10th double-double of the season, scoring 16 points and tying for game-high honors with 11 rebounds.
• Paige Rakers (5-of-7 FG, 3-of-4 3-pointers) scored 15 points.
• Aaliyah Covington (5-of-10 FG, 2-of-3 3-pointers) tossed in 12 points.
• Kerri McMahan (3-of-3 FG, 5-of-6 FT) contributed 11 points.
• Jenny Vliet had eight points, five rebounds and four assists.
• Jordyn Frantz tied a season high with six rebounds.
Jenna Burdette, 19 points, five rebounds, five assists; Jayla Scaife, 17 points, six rebounds; JaVonna Layfield, 15 points, 11 rebounds; Lauren Cannatelli, 15 points; Alex Harris, nine rebounds; Jordan Wilmoth, five blocks.