WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Saint Louis at Fordham

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 • Noon CST
WHERE: Rose Hill Gym • Bronx, New York
RECORDS: SLU 8-7, 2-0 Atlantic 10; Fordham 11-4, 2-0 Atlantic 10
SLU-FORDHAM SERIES: SLU leads 9-6 overall and has won four straight; teams tied 3-3 at Fordham
SLU-FORDHAM LAST MEETING: SLU 68, Fordham 58 (3/3/17) RECAP
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: SLU 79, at Richmond 61 (Jan. 3) RECAP
RAMS’ LAST GAME: Fordham 62, at Massachusetts 51 (Jan. 3) RECAP
UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: at Dayton • Sunday, Jan. 14 • 1 p.m. CST • Dayton, Ohio

GAME NOTES: Saint Louis
GAME NOTES: Fordham
TV: CBS Sports Network
LIVE AUDIO: A-10 Digital Network (Email fansupport@neulion.com if you encounter difficulty.)
LIVE STATS: SIDEARM

A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
• Coming off a 79-61 victory at Richmond that extended their season-long winning streak to four games, the Saint Louis Billikens play the second of three straight road contests when they take on the Fordham Rams Saturday, Jan. 6.
• Fordham also owns a four-game winning streak. The Billikens and Rams share the top spot for longest current winning streak in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
• SLU is aiming for a second consecutive 3-0 start in league play. The Billikens won their first four A-10 games a year ago.
• Since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, the Billikens are 27-7 in A-10 play. That ties George Washington for tops in the conference.
• The Billikens feature players who lead the Atlantic 10 in three categories. Jackie Kemph is the league's best in assists (7.5 apg) and assist-turnover ratio (2.73), while Maddison Gits leads the A-10 in field goal percentage (.579).
Two Saint Louis players rank among the league's top 10 rebounders. Maddison Gits is sixth with 8.5 rebounds per game, while Jenny Vliet is 10th with a 7.8 average.
The Billikens were explosive in the second half of their first two A-10 games. SLU scored what was then a season-high 46 second-half points vs. St. Bonaventure, then exceeded that with 49 points after intermission at Richmond.
Saint Louis has held five straight and six of its last seven opponents to under 40-percent field goal shooting. Richmond shot 25 percent Wednesday night, the lowest mark by a Billiken opponent this season.
The Bills have pushed their season free throw accuracy to 71.9 percent by connecting on 78.8 percent (67-of-85) from the stripe over the last four games.
SLU has been much stronger from 3-point range recently. After shooting just 29 percent from beyond the arc in their first 11 games, the Billikens have connected on 39.1 percent (34-of-87) from distance in their last four outings.
In their last four games, the Billikens have registered an assist on 73.5 percent of their field goals. That is significantly higher than their full-season rate of 63.4 percent.
• Sixth-year head coach Lisa Stone takes a 98-77 record at Saint Louis into the Fordham game. Now in her 32nd season overall as a collegiate head coach, Stone owns a 601-314 career mark.

A LOOK AT THE RAMS
• Fordham has three starters and three additional letter winners back from last year’s team that was 22-12 overall and 11-5 (fifth place) in the A-10. The Rams reached the WNIT second round.
• Fordham has won four straight and seven of its last eight games. The Rams posted 11-point victories over George Washington and Massachusetts in their first two conference outings.
• The Rams average just 59.1 points on offense but lead the A-10 in scoring defense, yielding only 53.9 points per game. Fordham is second in the conference in rebounding margin (+7.4 rpg) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.267).
• Senior forward G’mrice Davis is back after earning spots on the All-Conference first team and the A-10 All-Defensive team a year ago. Davis leads the Rams in scoring (15.6 ppg) and rebounding (13.5 rpg); her rebounding average ranks second in the league and third in the nation.
• Redshirt-freshman guard Bre Cavanaugh carries a 15.2 scoring average, while junior guard Lauren Holden scores 10.6 points per game and leads Fordham with 31 3-pointers.
• Junior forward Mary Goulding tops the Rams’ rebounding chart with 6.4 boards per game.