Rams to Meet Billikens in Quarterfinals of the A-10 Championship
March 9, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - After a 44-41 victory over Butler last night in Hagan Arena, the Saint Louis Billikens advance to the quarterfinals of the A-10 Championship to take on the Fordham Rams. The game is set for 7:30 PM.
SCOUTING SAINT LOUIS: The 11th seeded team in the tournament, Saint Louis registered an 11-18 record overall this season, 5-9 in the Atlantic 10. In the lone meeting between the Rams and Billikens this season, Fordham downed Saint Louis on the road, 61-56, without both Marah Strickland and Charlotte Stoddart in the lineup.
Lorreal Jones, a 6-0 junior forward from Detroit, Mich., has topped the score sheet for the Billikens in both scoring and rebounding this season, tallying 11.2 points and 8.5 boards per game.
LAST NIGHT'S GAME: #11 Saint Louis upset #6 Butler, 44-41, Friday evening in the first round of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Championship being played at Hagan Arena at Saint Joseph's University.
The 85 combined points is just six shy of an all-time tournament low set in 1992 when Duquesne and UMass combined for 79 points in a 44-35 Dukes win.
The two teams combined for just 10 field goals in the first half with a Mandy McDivitt three-pointer at the buzzer giving the Bulldogs an 18-10 lead at the break.
Butler was able to widen its lead to 20-10 on a Taylor Schippers bucket to start the second-half.
Saint Louis reeled off 11 unanswered points, taking a 21-20 edge on a layup by Lorreal Jones with 15:12 to play in the game.
There would be three ties and eight lead changes before two Jones free-throws would give Saint Louis the lead for good with just over five minutes to play.
Butler was able to pull within in one on a Liz Stratman basket that made the score 40-39 with 27 seconds left on the clock.
That would be as close as Butler would get as Jacy Bradley made four free-throws down the stretch to seal the win.
SERIES HISTORY: Since the Billikens joined the Atlantic 10 Conference, the Rams sport a 3-5 record all-time against Saint Louis.
The Rams picked up the victory in the only meeting between the two teams this season, which was also the first time that the Rams had defeated Saint Louis on the road.
FOLLOW THE GAME: You can listen to the game live at wfuvsports.org starting at 7:30 PM and Gametracker is also available by clicking the link at the top of the page.
The winner of this game will go on to face the winner of the match up between #2 Charlotte and #10 Temple. That semifinal game will be played at 4 PM on Sunday.