Saint Louis Takes Saturday Victory Over @BonniesWBB

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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Too much size and the scoring efforts of reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Jackie Kemph led to a 74-58 victory for Saint Louis over the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team Saturday afternoon at the Reilly Center.

The Billikens, who boast eight players of 6'0" or taller, including six who are 6'2" or over, used their size advantage to the tune of 50 points in the paint. In the backcourt, Kemph excelled with 20 points, eight assists and three steals.

For the Bonnies (9-16, 4-9 Atlantic 10), Gabby Richmond tallied her sixth double-double of the year and was just two points off a career high by finishing with 20 points and 11 rebounds. The graduate student went 8-of-14 from the floor in 31 minutes of action.

Mariah Ruff turned in another strong effort as well, finding double-figure scoring for the 20th time this year by notching 18 points along with five rebounds.

St. Bonaventure scored the first points of the game on a layup from Richmond and used an impressive first quarter of 10 points from Ruff, but the Billikens employed a pair of runs to seize control. The visitors embarked on runs of 7-0 and 8-2 while going red hot from the floor, sinking 12 of 16 field goal attempts during the opening 10 minutes.

Saint Louis (20-6, 10-3 Atlantic 10), the preseason favorites to win the Atlantic 10, then scored the first six points of the second quarter to extend its lead to 32-16, keeping that 16-point edge through to halftime.

From there, the Billikens kept the Bonnies at bay.

Sadie Stipanovich added 14 points and Olivia Jakubieck registered 10 for the visitors.

The Bonnies hit the road this week, traveling to George Washington for a Wednesday evening contest. Tip off in the nation's capital is slated for 7 p.m.   

GAME NOTES:

  • Saint Louis entered the day shooting nearly 36 percent from beyond the arc, best in the A-10 for the season, but went just 3-of-24 on Saturday.
  • St. Bonaventure outrebounded the Billikens, 35-34.
  • Richmond swatted her 81st career block, leaving her two away from third all-time in the Bonnies career record books.
  • The Billikens shot 49 percent from the floor (31-63), highest of any Bonnies opponent this season.
  • The Bonnies went 16-for-18 at the foul line.
  • St. Bonaventure's 17 bench points tied a season high. All 10 active players saw time with nine players scoring.
  • Saint Louis won at the Reilly Center for the first time (6-1) and scored its first-ever season sweep of the Bonnies.

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