No. 11 seed Saint Louis overcame a 10-point deficit early in the second half and defeated No. 6 Butler 44-41 Friday night in the opening round of the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship at Hagan Arena on the Saint Joseph’s University campus.
The Dukes, who never trailed in the contest, were led by Wumi Agunbiade who recorded her 18th career double-double with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Oditte Odisho tied her career-high with 14 points off the bench and Jocelyn Floyd added 13 points and four steals for the Dukes who improve to 22-6 overall and set a school record with their 11th win in Atlantic 10 Conference play.
The Spiders improved to 15-13, 5-7 while Butler fell to 16-11, 7-5 overall. The win was Richmond’s third-straight and first in conference play away from the Robins Center. The pivotal win moved Richmond into eight-place in the conference standings.
For the first time in program history, the Saint Joseph’s women’s basketball team went undefeated in the month of January, capping it with a 57-50 win over Atlantic 10 newcomer this evening at Hagan Arena. Going 6-0 on the month, the Hawks improved to 14-5 overall and 5-0 in the Atlantic 10 with Wednesday’s win.
No. 22/17 University of Dayton defeated Butler 82-39 in their Atlantic 10 opener Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Flyers improve to 13-1 overall, while the Bulldogs drop to 9-7 overall. It was the first A-10 women’s basketball game for BU who joined the league last summer.
The junior scored a career high 31 points and pulled in 12 rebounds in leading the Bulldogs to a 84-61 victory over the Flames. McClung shot 9 for 11 in the first half and matched her career high of 22 points by the halftime intermission.