RICHMOND, Va. – Jamesia Price scored a career- and game-high 24 points, and Saint Louis rode a 33-of-38 performance at the free throw line to defeat VCU 65-58 in an Atlantic 10 Conference Championship second-round game Thursday at Richmond Coliseum.
The ninth-seeded Billikens (15-15) advance to Friday’s quarterfinal round where they will face top-seeded George Washington (26-3) at 11 a.m.
Price’s 24 points included a 15-of-17 performance at the foul line, her career highs for free throws made and attempted. She added six rebounds, four assists and two steals and committed just one turnover.
Sadie Stipanovich posted her seventh double-double of the season, scoring 16 points (10-of-11 free throws) and grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds (game-high five offensive boards). Stipanovich matched her career best with three steals, also a game high.
Jackie Kemph tossed in 13 points, including three 3-pointers, and registered a game-high six assists with only two turnovers. Jenny Vliet tossed in eight points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Olivia Jakubicek grabbed seven rebounds (four offensive).
Saint Louis topped VCU 46-38 on the glass, including a season-high-tying 16 offensive rebounds. The Billikens limited the Rams, who came in averaging more than 15 offensive boards, to nine.
In addition, the Bills committed just 10 turnovers – their second-lowest total against an A-10 opponent this season – and earned a 15-7 advantage in points off turnovers.
Isis Thorpe had 23 points and eight rebounds for VCU (16-14). Adaeze Alaeze contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds.