ST. LOUIS, MO – In the first overtime game of the 2016 Postseason WNIT, Western Kentucky’s Sidnee Bopp hit a 3-pointer with less than a second to go Friday for her only points of the contest, easing the Lady Toppers past Saint Louis and into the quarterfinals.
Western Kentucky (27-6) will travel to South Dakota for its quarterfinal matchup against South Dakota – tipoff is set for Sunday, March 27 at 7 p.m. CT.
Sadie Stipanovich hit two free throws for the Billikens (26-8) with 2 seconds left to put the game in overtime at 69-all; scoring was minimal until the end of the extra period. Saint Louis went ahead 74-73 on a layup from Jenny Vliet; 20 seconds later, WKU went up 75-74 on a shot from Jalynn McClain. After two looks at the basket, SLU went up 76-75 on a long, contested jumper from Olivia Jakubicek.
After a timeout, Bopp got loose on the left side and calmly sank her jumper; after a brief review of the video, the basket was confirmed, sending the Lady Toppers out of Round 3.
Western Kentucky got 22 points from Tashia Brown; Kendall Noble did it all with 20 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Ivy Brown added 17 points and nine rebounds.
Saint Louis was led by Maddison Gits, who closed with 15 points. Jackie Kemph had 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and Stipanovich ended up with 12 points and nine rebounds.