Saint Louis 76, Cleveland State 65
Sunday, December 20, 2015 | 3 p.m.
Avron B. Fogelman Arena | New Orleans, Louisiana
--Jackie Kemph and Sadie Stipanovich scored 17 points apiece to lead Saint Louis to a 76-65 victory over Cleveland State Sunday afternoon in the opening round of the Tulane Classic Presented by Embassy Suites.
--Saint Louis improved to 9-1 with the victory, giving the Billikens the best 10-game record in program history. Cleveland State of the Horizon League fell to 3-6.
--The Bills will meet the Tulane-UNC Greensboro winner for the tournament championship Monday at 5 p.m.
HOW IT HAPPENED
--The Billikens took command early in the third quarter, scoring the first 10 points to stretch a 33-25 halftime lead to a 43-25 advantage. Jackie Kemph scored seven of the 10 points.
--Saint Louis extended the run to 15-4 to establish its largest lead, 48-29, with 4:52 left in the third.
--An 11-0 Cleveland State spurt brought the Vikings to within eight, 48-40. However, SLU scored on four of its final five third-quarter possessions and led 57-45 heading to the final stanza.
--Cleveland State made it a nine-point game twice in the fourth quarter, but a three-point play by Sadie Stipanovich put Saint Louis on top 62-50. The Billikens maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way, primarily from the foul line.
--The teams traded runs in the first quarter. After Saint Louis sprinted to a 7-0 lead, Cleveland State answered with a 12-3 flurry and led 12-10. However, SLU finished the period with an 8-0 run for an 18-12 edge.
--The Vikings trimmed the margin to a single point, 20-19, in the second quarter. But 3-pointers by Maddison Gits and Aaliyah Covington sparked a 13-6 run that put the Billikens in front by eight at intermission.
--The Billikens will aim for their first tournament championship since the 2003-04 season in Monday’s title game.
--All nine Billikens who played against Cleveland State had at least two points and one rebound.
--Saint Louis shot 82.1 percent from the free throw line, outscoring Cleveland State 23-12 from the stripe. The Billikens recorded season highs of 23 free throws made and 28 attempts.
--The Billikens held the Vikings to 18.5 percent (5-of-27) from 3-point range. For the season, Saint Louis is limiting its opponents to 20.9 percent from beyond the arc, which ranks second in the nation.
--Jackie Kemph tallied career highs of nine free throws made and 14 free throw attempts as part of her 17-point effort. Kemph also had a game-high eight assists.
--Sadie Stipanovich, who was 5-of-9 from the field and 7-of-7 from the free throw line, netted nine of her 17 points in the fourth quarter.
--Jenny Vliet scored 10 points and tied for game-high honors with six rebounds, including a season-high three offensive boards.
--Jamesia Price and Aaliyah Covington tallied nine and eight points, respectively.
CLEVELAND STATE LEADERS--Ashanti Abshaw, 25 points, six rebounds, six steals; Olivia Voskuhl, 11 points, six rebounds.