GAME DETAILS

Saint Louis 79, Richmond 61

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 | 7 p.m. (ET)

Robins Center | Richmond, Virginia

 

THE BASICS

• Jordyn Frantz scored a game-high and career-high-tying 20 points, and Saint Louis outscored Richmond 30-13 in the fourth quarter to defeat the Spiders 79-61 Wednesday night at the Robins Center.

The Billikens (8-7, 2-0 Atlantic 10), who extended their winning streak to a season-high four games, have started 2-0 in league play for a second consecutive year. Richmond fell to 6-9, 1-1.

Frantz hit all three of her 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, including back-to-back triples in the first minute of the period to increase the SLU lead from one to seven points.

Richmond later whittled the margin to two, but a Kerri McMahan 3-pointer with 6:24 left sparked a 22-6 run that spanned the remainder of the game.

 

FIRST QUARTER

Richmond led by four points on two occasions, but six late points by Jenny Vliet pushed Saint Louis ahead, 15-14, at the end of the first 10 minutes.

 

SECOND QUARTER

Richmond briefly regained the lead, 16-15, but a 7-0 run gave SLU a 22-16 advantage at the 5:58 mark.

After the Spiders tallied the next five points to make it a one-point game, the Billikens used an 8-2 surge to take a 30-23 lead to the locker room.

 

THIRD QUARTER

Saint Louis saw an eight-point edge dwindle to two, but two Jackie Kemph free throws and consecutive buckets by Paige Rakers pushed the lead back to eight, 38-30, with 6:38 left.

Richmond pecked away and pulled even at 44 and again at 46. Rakers’ 3-pointer was answered by anlex Parson jumper, and the Billikens carried a 49-48 lead into the final frame.

 

FOURTH QUARTER

Each team had an empty possession before Frantz hit twice from beyond the arc.

Richmond closed to 57-55 with 7:21 remaining. However, McMahan’s trey, a Maddison Gits layup and a Rakers 3-pointer gave the Billikens a double-digit lead for good, 65-55, and they went on to outscore the Spiders 30-13 in the period.

 

BILLIKEN NOTABLES

The Billikens scored a season-high 49 second-half points, topping their previous high of 46 tallied vs. St. Bonaventure in the A-10 opener.

Saint Louis posted season highs for free throws made (23), free throw attempts (28), free throw percentage (.821) and blocks (eight).

Eight different Billikens made at least two free throws.

In addition to her 20 points (6-of-8 FG, 3-of-4 3-pointers, 5-of-5 free throws), Frantz pulled down a season-high six rebounds.

Rakers (4-of-7 FG, 2-of-4 3-pointers) scored 10 points, grabbed a career-high nine rebounds and tied her career high of three assists.

Gits led the Bills with 10 rebounds, her fifth double-digit total of the season and sixth of her career.

McMahan registered season highs of nine points (4-of-4 free throws) and three assists.

• Tara Dusharm posted career highs of three offensive rebounds and four free throws made (4-of-4).

• Jackie Kemph had a game-high five assists and no turnovers.

 

RICHMOND LEADERS

Alex Parson, 18 points; Micaela Parson, 14 points, eight rebounds; Alicia Hudalla, 11 rebounds.

 

UP NEXT

The Billikens travel to the Bronx, New York, for a Saturday matchup against Fordham. Game time is noon (CST), and the game will air on CBS Sports Network.