WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Saint Louis at Fordham
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 • 6 p.m. CST
WHERE: Rose Hill Gym • Bronx, New York
RECORDS: SLU 10-12, 5-4 Atlantic 10; Fordham 15-8, 6-3 Atlantic 10
SERIES: SLU leads 10-8
LAST MEETING: Fordham 56, at SLU 53 (1/13/19) RECAP
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: at SLU 60, George Washington 44 (Feb. 3) RECAP
RAMS' LAST GAME: at Fordham 57, Duquesne 46 (Feb. 3) RECAP
UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: La Salle • Sunday, Feb. 10 • 2 p.m. CST • Chaifetz Arena
• The Saint Louis Billikens (10-12, 5-4 Atlantic 10) aim for a fifth victory in six outings in a rematch against the Fordham Rams (15-8, 6-3) Wednesday, Feb. 6. Tip time at Rose Hill Gym in the Bronx, New York, is 6 p.m. (CST).
• SLU earned a second straight win on Sunday, topping George Washington 60-44 at home. Fordham also won at home on Sunday, defeating A-10 preseason favorite Duquesne 57-46.
• Fordham has won two of the last three meetings with Saint Louis to narrow the Billikens' series lead to 10-8. The Rams claimed a 56-53 decision in St. Louis Jan. 13.
• In addition to earning her eighth A-10 Rookie of the Week award this week, Ciaja Harbison was named national Freshman of the Week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. It is the first USBWA honor for a SLU women's basketball player.
• The Bills trailed at halftime in their last two games but won both, their first two wins this year when facing a halftime deficit. SLU outscored its opponents 73-45 in the second halves of those games.
• SLU has held its last eight opponents to a combined .326 field goal shooting mark. Three of those opponents were under 30 percent. The Billikens' last five opponents shot .292 from 3-point range.
• The Billikens already have held six conference foes to fewer than 60 points this season. A seventh opponent, Dayton, scored just 50 points in regulation before falling to SLU 68-65 in triple overtime.
• Three Billikens carry a double-digit scoring average in conference games. Ciaja Harbison leads the way at 16.2 points per game, good for third in the league. Jordyn Frantz is seventh with 14.3 ppg, and Brooke Flowers owns a 10.7 average to rank 27th.
• Also in league games, Brooke Flowers leads the A-10 in rebounding (11.4 rpg) and blocks (3.2 bpg) and is third in offensive rebounding (3.3 orpg). Jordyn Frantz and Kerri McMahan rank third in 3-pointers (2.7/game) and assist-turnover ratio (2.08-to-1), respectively.
• Ciaja Harbison leads SLU in scoring (15.3 ppg), assists (4.5 apg, No. 2 in the A-10), steals (1.2 spg), field goals (121), FT percentage (.833), FTs made (80) and FT attempts (96). Harbison has scored in double figures in 17 straight games (16.4 ppg), shooting 48 percent from the floor overall and from 3-point range in that stretch. She is 40-of-77 (.519) from the field over the last six games, shooting 50 percent or higher in each of those games. Harbison has averaged 19.3 points over the last four games.
• With 336 points, Ciaja Harbison is on pace to break Saint Louis' single-season record for freshmen. Mia Johnson owns the record of 444 points (2004-05 season).
• Jordyn Frantz is second with 13.5 ppg. Frantz leads SLU in 3-pointers (55), shoots 77 percent from the foul line and chips in 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. She is on pace to break the single-season record for 3-pointers by a SLU senior held by Harmonie King (62, 2002-03).
• Brooke Flowers has produced a double-double in six of her 11 games in the starting lineup. Flowers averages 12.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks and shoots 47.4 percent from the field as a starter. Overall, she is the Billikens' leader in rebounding (7.4 rpg) and blocks (2.1 bpg) and is the team's third-leading scorer (8.0 ppg). Flowers has 20 blocks over the last five games (4.0 bpg).
• Kerri McMahan averages 6.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists. McMahan has SLU's best assist-turnover ratio (1.74-to-1; 2.29-to-1 in the last 18 games).
• Evan Zars is averaging 6.2 rebounds over the last six games.
• Seventh-year head coach Lisa Stone brings a 117-98 record at Saint Louis into Wednesday’s game. Now in her 33rd season as a collegiate head coach, Stone owns a 620-335 career mark.
A LOOK AT FORDHAM
• Fordham has won two straight and three of its last four games.
• The Rams rely heavily on the 3-point shot, with 41 percent of their field goal attempts and 35 percent of their points coming from beyond the arc. Fordham ranks second in the A-10 with seven treys per game.
• Fordham leads the league in rebounding margin (+4.7 rpg), fewest turnovers (11.1 tpg) and assist-turnover ratio (1.19-to-1); ranks second in scoring defense (56.3 ppg) and turnover margin (+2.3 tpg); and is third in free throw percentage (.713).
• Redshirt-sophomore guard Bre Cavanaugh, a second-team All-Conference selection last season, leads Fordham in 3-pointers (44) and ranks second in the A-10 with 16.4 points per game. Cavanaugh is second on the team and eighth in the conference with 7.0 rebounds per contest.
• Senior forward Mary Goulding scores 10.9 points per game and leads the Rams with a 7.9 rebounding average, good for third in the A-10. Goulding also tops the team assists chart with 2.9 helpers per game.
• Senior guard Lauren Holden and sophomore guard Kendell Heremaia contribute 9.6 and 8.1 points per game, respectively. Holden has tossed in 40 3-pointers, while Heremaia has 31 treys and grabs 5.2 rebounds per outing.