WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Richmond at Saint Louis
WHEN: Tuesday, March 5, 2019 • 7 p.m. CST
WHERE: Chaifetz Arena • St. Louis, Mo.
RECORDS: SLU 14-15; Richmond 9-20
SERIES: SLU leads 8-7 and has won four straight
LAST MEETING: at SLU 78, Richmond 48 (Feb. 17) RECAP
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: at Dayton 73, SLU 57 (March 2) RECAP
SPIDERS' LAST GAME: at Richmond 56, George Washington 48 (March 2) RECAP
UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: A-10 Championship Quarterfinal • Friday, March 8 • 6 p.m. CST • A.J. Palumbo Center • Pittsburgh, Pa.
• The Saint Louis Billikens (14-15) begin their quest for an NCAA Tournament berth Tuesday, March 5, in an A-10 Championship first-round game against the Richmond Spiders (9-20). Tip time at Chaifetz Arena is 7 p.m.
• SLU finished sixth in the conference standings with a 9-7 record, while Richmond placed 11th with a 6-10 mark.
• The SLU-Richmond winner meets the Duquesne-Rhode Island winner in the quarterfinal round Friday, March 8, at 6 p.m. (CST). The quarterfinals, semifinals (Saturday) and final (Sunday) will be played at Duquesne's A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.
• Saint Louis leads the series with Richmond 8-7 and has won the last four games between the teams, including a 78-48 rout Feb. 17 at Chaifetz Arena.
• The Billikens have a 9-11 A-10 Championship record. SLU is 7-6 in the tourney under Lisa Stone and is the only team to reach the semifinals in each of the past three seasons.
• Jordyn Frantz has 124 points over the last six games, a 20.7 average. Four of her eight games of 20 or more points this year have occurred during that span. Frantz set a career high three times during that stretch – 24 vs. Duquesne, 25 vs. Richmond and 27 vs. VCU.
• Ciaja Harbison (442 points) needs just three points to set SLU's season mark for freshmen. Harbison is an 11-time A-10 Rookie of the Week.
• The Billikens have improved their free throw shooting recently, connecting on 77.6 percent (76-of-98) over the past five games.
• Two Billikens finished among the top four scorers in A-10 games only. Jordyn Frantz (16.3 ppg) and Ciaja Harbison (15.8 ppg) were third and fourth, respectively.
• Also in league games, Brooke Flowers led the A-10 in rebounding (10.8 rpg) and blocks (2.8 bpg), while Jordyn Frantz had a league-high 45 3-pointers.
• In all games, Ciaja Harbison leads SLU in scoring (15.2 ppg, No. 3 in the A-10), assists (4.4 apg, No. 1 A-10), steals (1.7 spg, No. 6 A-10), field goals (155), FT percentage (.847, No. 3 A-10), FTs made (116, No. 3 A-10) and FT attempts (137, No. 2 A-10). Harbison has scored in double figures in 25 of 29 games, including seven games with 20 or more points. She has 27 steals over the last nine games (3.0/game).
• Jordyn Frantz is second to Harbison with 14.7 ppg (No. 5 A-10). Frantz leads the A-10 in 3-pointers (76) and adds 4.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. Her 76 treys are a single-season record by a SLU senior and third most on the Billikens' overall season chart; she needs just three for the No. 2 spot. Frantz is 14-of-32 (.438) from 3-point range over the past four games, and 20-of-23 (.870) from the foul line in the last five games.
• Brooke Flowers has tallied 10.2 ppg, 10.9 rpg and 2.7 bpg as a starter. Overall, Flowers leads SLU in rebounding (8.0 rpg) and blocks (2.1 bpg) and is third in scoring (7.8 ppg).
• Kerri McMahan averages 7.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists and leads SLU in A-TO ratio (1.57-to-1; 1.84-to-1 last 26 games). McMahan has six double-digit scoring totals over the last eight games (10.4 ppg). She has made 16 of her last 19 free throw attempts (.842) and, over the last four games, is 17-of-34 (.500) from the field.
• Myia Clark and Tasia Jeffries are providing valuable 3-point shooting off the bench. Clark is 8-of-12 in her last five games, and Jeffries is 6-of-13 in her last six outings.
• Seventh-year head coach Lisa Stone brings a 121-101 record at Saint Louis into Saturday’s game. Now in her 33rd season as a collegiate head coach, Stone owns a 624-338 career mark.
A LOOK AT RICHMOND
• After losing its first five conference games, Richmond went 6-5 in its last 11.
• The Spiders are fourth in the A-10 in steals (7.8 spg) and turnover margin (+1.4/game).
• Sophomore guard Alex Parson and junior forward Jaide Hinds-Clarke are tied for the team scoring lead (10.3 ppg).
• Hinds-Clarke ranks fifth in rebounding (7.8 rpg) and fourth in offensive rebounding (3.0 orpg) in the A-10. She leads Richmond with 47 steals.
• Parson has a team-high 48 3-pointers.
• Junior forward Amy Duggan pulls down 5.4 rebounds per game.