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.

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SAINT LOUIS GAME NOTES
RICHMOND GAME NOTES

• 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.