Saint Louis 77, Tulsa 66
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 | 5 p.m.
Chaifetz Arena | St. Louis, Missouri
• Jenny Vliet posted her second double-double of the season and fifth of her career, and four other Billikens scored in double figures in Saint Louis’ 77-66 victory over Tulsa Tuesday night at Chaifetz Arena.
• SLU, which captured a second consecutive win, concluded its nonconference schedule with a 6-7 record. Tulsa fell to 5-7.
• Vliet finished with 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, which tied her season high. She connected on two 3-pointers, raising her career total to 168 to tie Katie Paganelli for second place on the Billikens’ all-time list.
• Jackie Kemph tallied a team-high 16 points and a game-high eight assists. Kemph has 1,569 career points and needs just 17 points to claim the SLU record held by Sadie Stipanovich. She also equaled her season high of four rebounds.
• Aaliyah Covington matched her season high of 15 points and grabbed five rebounds. Covington sank a career-high eight free throws on nine attempts.
• Maddison Gits registered 14 points and seven rebounds, while Jordyn Frantz (3-of-4 from 3-point range) turned in 13 points and a season-high-tying five assists.
• Saint Louis took the lead for good, 4-2, on a Covington bucket with 7:03 left.
• SLU led 12-8 after Tulsa scored at the 2:09 mark, but a 9-2 run gave the Billikens a 21-10 advantage at the end of the period.
• The second quarter was a roller coaster ride for Saint Louis. An early Kemph 3-pointer made it a 14-point game, but a 16-4 spurt drew Tulsa to within a field goal, 28-26, with 4:40 to play.
• The Billikens answered with a 14-2 flurry. Vliet scored the first nine points of the run on a pair of treys with a conventional three-point play in between. Gits’ jumper and a triple by Paige Rakers put SLU on top 42-28 at the break.
• Saint Louis maintained command, leading by no fewer than 12 points throughout the quarter.
• The Bills scored the last five points of the period and carried a 61-40 cushion into the final 10 minutes.
• Frantz and Covington scored on SLU’s first two possessions to give the Billikens their largest lead, 65-40.
• Tulsa chipped away behind Shug Dickson, who scored 20 of her game-high 33 points in the fourth quarter. However, the Saint Louis lead remained in double figures the rest of the way.
• Saint Louis was 8-of-17 (.471) from 3-point range. The Billikens are 19-of-41 (.463) from beyond the arc over their last two games, their best back-to-back performances of the season.
• The Billikens also have put together their best consecutive-game efforts of the season in overall field goal shooting. They connected on 52 percent (26-of-50) vs. Tulsa after shooting 58.1 percent vs. Lipscomb for a combined 55.4 percent.
• SLU earned a 41-35 rebounding advantage.
• The Billikens recorded 21 assists on 26 made field goals.
• Before missing a 3-point attempt early in the second quarter, Maddison Gits made her first four shots to stretch her consecutive field-goals-made streak to 16.
Shug Dickson, 33 points, six rebounds; Erika Wakefield, 16 points, four steals; Tyjae’ Scales, six rebounds.
Saint Louis is idle until Sunday, Dec. 31, when the Billikens host St. Bonaventure in the Atlantic 10 Conference opener. Tip time is 2 p.m.