Saint Louis 72, George Washington 69

Saturday, January 27, 2018 | Noon (EST)

Charles E. Smith Center | Washington, D.C.



• Jackie Kemph’s running 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime lifted Saint Louis to a come-from-behind, 72-69 Atlantic 10 Conference victory over George Washington Saturday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center.

The Billikens improved to 11-10 overall and 5-3 in the A-10. The Colonials fell to 9-11, 4-4.

• Maddison Gits posted her sixth double-double of the season, and third in a row, with 12 points and a career-high-tying and game-high 17 rebounds, including a game-high five offensive boards.

• Kerri McMahan provided a huge spark off the bench, scoring 15 points – her best as a Billiken and just one point shy of her overall career high – and grabbing a season-high-tying six rebounds.

• Jackie Kemph had 13 points and five assists and committed just one turnover while playing all but one minute.

• Jenny Vliet tallied 13 points – including a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left in the extra session that gave SLU a 69-68 lead – and collected seven rebounds, including four on the offensive glass.

Trailing 52-41 with 1:25 left in the third quarter, SLU outscored GW 17-6 the rest of regulation.



Despite committing seven turnovers, the Billikens built a four-point lead before settling for an 18-16 lead after one quarter.

Six different players scored for SLU in the first quarter.



George Washington began the period with a 7-0 run for its largest first-half lead, 23-18.

The Colonials remained in front until a three-point play by Gits with 2:48 left tied it at 28.

GW regained the lead on its next possession and took a 34-31 edge to the locker room.



The Colonials built their 11-point cushion with a 13-4 run.

However, Jordyn Frantz knocked down a 3-pointer with just under a minute left to spark the Billikens’ 17-6 regulation-ending spurt.



Saint Louis pulled even at 54 on a Frantz bucket with 2:57 to play, then took a two-point lead on a basket by Gits at the 1:18 mark.

After GW made one of two from the line, two Kemph free throws put the Bills in front 58-55 with 20 seconds remaining.

Mei-Lyn Bautista’s 3-pointer with 10 ticks left tied it for the Colonials, and both teams missed potential game-winning shots in the final seconds.



Neither team led by more than two points until Kemph’s game-winning shot, and there were five lead changes.

GW led 68-66 following Brianna Cummings’ three-point play with 19 seconds remaining, only to see Vliet bury a triple from the left corner with 11 seconds left to give the Billikens a one-point lead.

Cummings was fouled on the ensuing possession. She sank the first free throw to tie it at 69, missed the second, and Gits pulled down the rebound.

Gits left the ball with Kemph, who raced down the floor and launched the game-winner on the move, just outside the 3-point arc.



This was the Billikens’ first overtime game this season.

Saint Louis earned a 45-31 rebounding advantage, including a 15-6 edge on the offensive glass.

Gits has five double-digit rebounding totals over the last seven games.

Kemph registered a team-high five assists.

McMahan committed just one turnover while playing 35 minutes.



Brianna Cummings, 20 points, five rebounds, six assists, three blocks; Mei-Lyn Bautista, 15 points; Kelli Prange, 15 points; Neila Luma, six rebounds.



The Billikens host Fordham Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m. in their annual Education Day game for local elementary and middle-school students. The game will be nationally televised on NBC Sports Network.