Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Kemph Helps SLU Women Win, Tied for 2nd in A-10

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Kemph Helps SLU Women Win, Tied for 2nd in A-10

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It had been a while since the St. Louis University women's basketball team stumbled as badly as the Billikens did last week when they opened a road trip with a 29-point loss at Duquesne.

They did not look like the teams of the Lisa Stone era but rather some throwback to the days when SLU contended for the bottom of its conference instead of the top.

"I was extremely angry," Stone said. "About as angry as I can get."

She set about fixing the problems the next day, and instead of letting a slump grow out of two consecutive losses, the Billikens responded with a road win before returning home for Thursday night's 67-59 win over George Washington in an Atlantic 10 game at Chaifetz Arena.

"We were tempted to fall into adversity," Stone said. "I told my team, 'You're tempted, so now you either give in and complain or address the problem.' We responded well."

SLU is having to play a different game these days after averaging 97 points in its first two A-10 games. After entering the new year as one of the country's highest scoring teams, the Billikens (6-2 in A-10, 16-5 overall) are being defended tighter, and the Colonials (6- 2, 13-7) made them grind out the latest win, which was in doubt entering the final minute.

Jackie Kemph scored 24 points for her second-highest output of the season and SLU overcame a poor rebounding and ball handling performance to move into a three-way tie for second place.

SLU was averaging 77 points until being held below 70 in the last six games, a development that Stone attributed to defensive adjustments by opponents.

"It's not as easy, but our team is so close and plays together," guard Jordyn Frantz said. "We were having fun out there and that hasn't happened in a couple of games. We've been in a little lull, but we were having fun and just knew we had it."

The lead changed hands 14 times until a three-point play by Kemph gave the Billikens the lead for good at the end of the third quarter.

SLU built as much as an eight-point lead early in the fourth quarter before George Washington was able to get within one possession with 33 seconds remaining. …

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