NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jackie Kemph scored a season-high 14 points Monday in Saint Louis’ 75-57 loss to Vanderbilt at Memorial Gymnasium.
Kemph, who was 6-of-12 from the field, also posted five rebounds and three assists. Jamesia Price tallied 10 points, Erin Nelson scored nine and Jenny Vliet added a season-high eight.
Vliet led Saint Louis (2-2) with a game-high-tying nine rebounds, tying for the most boards by a Billiken this season. She also tied for game-high honors with a season-high four assists.
The Bills connected on a season-high 11 3-point field goals and committed a season-low 12 turnovers.
Rachel Bell netted a game-high 18 points for Vanderbilt (4-0), which outscored SLU 16-2 at the foul line. Morgan Batey had 10 points and nine rebounds, while Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau contributed 10 points, six boards and four blocks.
Batey scored the first bucket of the game, but Price answered with one of her three first-half 3-pointers to give Saint Louis a lead it would hold for several minutes.
Nelson connected from 3-point range, and Sadie Stipanovich hit a 12-foot jumper for an 8-4 Billiken advantage. The Bills built the lead to 16-11 with 10:30 remaining on Kemph’s fast-break layup, another Price triple, Denisha Womack’s 15-foot jumper and a Kemph free throw.
Vanderbilt sank five free throws in a 7-0 run that put the Commodores in front. Saint Louis regained the upper hand on a Desirae Ball trey, but Vanderbilt outscored the Billikens 24-14 the rest of the way – scoring on 10 of its final 14 possessions – to take a 42-33 lead at intermission.
Nelson buried a 3-pointer on Saint Louis’ initial second-half possession to make it 42-36, and the Billikens drew an offensive foul on each of Vanderbilt’s first two second-half touches.
SLU didn’t take advantage of the turnovers, however, and Vandy established command with a 10-0 run. The Bills twice cut the lead to 14 but came no closer.The Billikens are back in action Friday, Nov. 28, hosting Mercer at Chaifetz Arena. Game time is 1 p.m.