Saint Louis 73, Richmond 66
Saturday, February 18, 2017 | 7 p.m.
Chaifetz Arena | St. Louis, Mo.
•Sadie Stipanovich posted game highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Saint Louis survived a late scare to defeat Richmond 73-66 Saturday night at Chaifetz Arena on Senior Night.
•The Billikens (22-6, 12-3) won for a fourth consecutive time and eighth time in nine games. They remain tied with George Washington for second place in the Atlantic 10 Conference, one game behind Dayton. SLU plays at Dayton Wednesday night in the regular-season finale.
•Richmond slipped to 13-15, 7-8.
HOW IT HAPPENED
•A 7-0 run gave Richmond a 9-2 lead midway through the first quarter before Saint Louis narrowed the gap to four, 16-12, at the end of the period.
•The Billikens took a 19-18 lead on a 3-pointer by Olivia Jakubicek. The lead changed hands three more times before a Jenny Vliet triple put SLU on top for good, 24-22, with 6:56 to play in the second quarter.
•Vliet’s trey sparked a 13-6 run that gave Saint Louis a 34-28 halftime lead.
•The Billikens began the third quarter on a 9-2 spurt to build a 43-30 advantage with 6:44 remaining. The Spiders answered with their own 9-2 run to make it a six-point game again, 45-39, at the 5:32 mark.
•SLU scored the next seven points to go in front 52-39, and the Billikens took a 57-48 lead to the fourth quarter.
•Saint Louis again extended its lead to 13 points, 63-50, with 7:23 left. But a 16-6 Richmond flurry made it a one-possession game, 69-66, with 1:14 to play.
•However, Jackie Kemph drove for a bucket, then sank two free throws following a defensive stop to put the game out of reach.
•Saint Louis equaled its season low of seven turnovers. The Billikens have committed fewer than 10 turnovers in three straight and four of the last six games, and nine times total this season.
•SLU had 21 assists on 27 field goals.
•The Billikens shot 86.7 percent (13-of-15) from the free throw line. Over the last seven games, SLU is shooting 81 percent from the stripe.
•The Bills outscored the Spiders 34-20 in points in the paint, 17-9 in second-chance points and 13-7 in points off turnovers.
•SLU committed only 11 fouls, limiting Richmond to seven free throws (7-of-10).
•Stipanovich (9-of-13 FG) moved into second place on Saint Louis’ career scoring list with 1,494 points. She needs 52 points to break the school record.
•Stipanovich’s double-double was her ninth of the season and 19th of her career. She posted a double-digit rebound total for an 11th time this season and 25th time in her career, and she reached the 20-point mark for a seventh time this season and 17th time in her career.
•Kemph recorded 11 points and a game-high 12 assists, her fifth double-double this year and 11th of her career. She moved into ninth place on the Billikens’ career scoring list with 1,283 points. Kemph also reached double figures in assists for a seventh time this season and 14th time in her career.
•Jakubicek tallied 11 points, nine rebounds (four offensive) and three assists.
•Jordyn Frantz finished with 10 points, four assists and a career-high-tying three steals.
•Vliet tossed in 10 points and tied her career high with three blocks.
•Maddison Gits contributed seven points and six rebounds.
•Lauren Tolson, 20 points; Janelle Hubbard, 19 points; Micaela Parson, eight points, five rebounds, four assists; Kylie Murphree, nine assists; Jaide Hinds-Clarke, eight points; Karleigh Wike, seven rebounds.
UP NEXT•The Billikens conclude the regular season Wednesday, Feb. 22, at league-leading Dayton. Game time at UD Arena is 6 p.m. (CT).