WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Loyola Marymount at Saint Louis
WHEN: Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 • 5 p.m. CST
WHERE: Chaifetz Arena • St. Louis, Missouri
RECORDS: SLU 1-0; LMU 1-0
SLU-LMU SERIES: Tied 1-1
SLU-LMU LAST MEETING: SLU 90, at Loyola Marymount 76 (11/13/16) RECAP
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: SLU 60, at Indiana State 59 (Nov. 10) RECAP
LIONS’ LAST GAME: LMU 67, at UC Riverside 59 (Nov. 10) RECAP
UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: vs. Mississippi • Friday, Nov. 17 • 4 p.m. CST • Chicago, Ill. (DePaul’s Maggie Dixon Classic)
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
• Saint Louis plays its 10th Chaifetz Arena opener Monday, Nov. 13, hosting Loyola Marymount (Los Angeles, Calif.) of the West Coast Conference in a game that tips at 5 p.m.
• The SLU men’s team follows with a 7:30 p.m. contest vs. Rockhurst.
• The Billikens are 32-10 in home openers overall and 7-2 in Chaifetz Arena debuts. SLU is seeking a fourth consecutive victory in a home opener.
• Saint Louis captured its season opener last Friday, a 60-59 decision at Indiana State. Maddison Gits registered 16 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for her first collegiate double-double.
• SLU is the No. 2 pick in the Atlantic 10 Conference coaches’ preseason poll. The Billikens received three first-place votes.
• Ten Billikens returned from last year’s team that posted a 25-9 overall record, tied for third place (12-4) in the A-10 and reached the second round in the program’s second straight WNIT appearance.
• The returning group includes senior guard Jackie Kemph, senior forward Jenny Vliet and junior guard Jordyn Frantz, all of whom started every game in 2016-17.
• Kemph is a preseason first-team All-Conference choice, while Frantz was selected to the third team.
• For a second consecutive year, Kemph is one of 20 players named to the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List. The Lieberman Award is presented to the top point guard in NCAA Division I women’s basketball.
• Kemph earned A-10 Player of the Year accolades for a second consecutive season in 2016-17, averaging 14.1 points and finishing sixth in the nation in assists (7.3 apg). She is the NCAA Division I active career leader in assist average (6.66 apg) and the SLU career leader in assists (666).
• With 1,395 career points, Kemph needs just 191 points to pass Sadie Stipanovich as the Billikens’ all-time leading scorer.
• Sixth-year head coach Lisa Stone brings a 91-70 record at Saint Louis into Friday’s game. Now in her 32nd season overall as a collegiate head coach, Stone owns a 594-307 career mark.
A LOOK AT THE LIONS
• Monday’s contest is the second of three straight road games to open the Loyola Marymount season.
• The Lions were 14-16 overall and 9-9 (tied for fifth place) in the 10-team West Coast Conference in 2016-17.
• Junior guard/forward Cheyanne Wallace, who earned WCC honorable mention last year, is LMU’s leading returning scorer (12.6 ppg) and rebounder (7.2 rpg).
• Junior guard Andee Velasco also is back after leading the 2016-17 Lions with 5.9 assists per game.
• Cal-Berkeley transfer Gabby Green, a junior guard, registered game highs of 23 points and five steals and grabbed eight rebounds in the Lions’ season-opening win at UC Riverside.