ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Sydney Bauman recorded her sixth career double-double Saturday, but the SIUE women's basketball team couldn't overcome a first-half double-digit deficit in a 63-56 loss at Saint Louis.
Bauman recorded 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Cougars. Allie Troeckler matched her with 11 rebounds. Jay'Nee Alston was next in scoring for SIUE with 12 points.
Saint Louis, 4-4, went up by as much as 18 points in the second period and led 37-21 at halftime. Jordyn Frantz scored 11 of her game-high 17 points in the first half.
The Cougars, 3-2, came out at halftime with an 11-0 run to cut the lead to 37-32. SLU didn't get its first bucket of the second half until nearly three and a half minutes into the third quarter.
"I'm really proud of how we came out that third quarter," said Buscher. "It was blue collar work. I loved our fight coming out in the second half."
The lead cut to two points with 2:54 left in the third period on a three-pointer by Alston.
"What we did in the third period we didn't do in the second," said Buscher. "We got out and denied the ball."
SLU bent but did not break in the second half.
Brooke Flowers picked up the offense for the Billikens in the second half, posting 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field and 3 of 4 from the free throw line.
The Billikens extended the lead back to nine by the end of the third period behind key three-pointers from Ciaja Harbison and Kendra Wilken.
Saint Louis held off SIUE mostly from the free throw line in the final period, hitting 9 of 12. SIUE outscored the Billikens 15-14 in the final period but hit just 1 of 7 from three-point range in the final period.
Bauman shot 6 of 16 for the game in leading SIUE's offense. SIUE shot 33.3 percent (22-66) from the field as a team while the Billikens shot 35 percent from the field (17-49).
SIUE continues this nine-game road swing Thursday with a 7 p.m. contest at Loyola followed by a 2 p.m. game Saturday at Chicago State.