Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

SLU Women Cruise Past Rhode Island

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

SLU Women Cruise Past Rhode Island

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Of the 16 losses suffered by St. Louis University last season, it was a late defeat at Rhode Island that stuck with coach Lisa Stone.

It's the game she felt was the biggest difference between the Billikens having a chance to finish over .500 or at 15-16 as they did. It's the game she felt kept SLU from being eligible for postseason play.

After finishing the regular season Saturday with a 77-60 win over Rhode Island at Chaifetz Arena, Stone could talk confidently about a postseason tournament berth.

The question is whether SLU (23-6 overall, 13-3 in the Atlantic 10) has done enough to enter the discussion as a possible at-large team for the NCAA Tournament or will be headed for the Women's National Invitation Tournament.

"This team knows they're going to play postseason," Stone said. "There's a tournament that's the pie in the sky. And with the fact that there's some activity in the selection room in terms of us being a potential at-large team, there's no question in my mind my team would like to be in that tournament. That's where you want to go."

The Billikens ended the regular season with a five-game winning streak and are tied for second in the A-10 with George Washington. If Duquesne loses at St. Bonaventure on Sunday, SLU would have a share of the A-10 title and become the No. 2 seed for the conference tournament. Otherwise, the Billikens can be seeded no worse than No. 3.

What Stone called a fact actually remains a mystery. There has been no mention of SLU as a bubble team for the NCAAs in national media and there are criteria that will hurt the Billikens' chances.

They also have some strong points on the resume, especially with a couple wins in the league tourney.

Asked if they felt SLU is worthy of consideration, center Sadie Stipanovich and guard Jackie Kemph stared at each other and seemed to agree. …

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