Billikens Welcome Western Illinois for Home Opener
FINALLY, THE HOME OPENER - After playing their first four games on the road, the Saint Louis Billikens (1-3) enjoy their home opener Saturday, Nov. 24, against the Western Illinois Leathernecks (1-3). Tip time at Chaifetz Arena is 2 p.m. SLU is coming off a 51-42 win at Nebraska Omaha Wednesday, while WIU suffered a 68-58 defeat at SIUE Monday.
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LAST TIME OUT - Lorreal Jones and Mallory Eggert tied for game-high honors with 12 points apiece to lead SLU to a 51-42 victory at Nebraska Omaha Nov. 21. Jones grabbed a game-high nine rebounds, while Eggert and Jacy Bradley collected seven boards apiece. Desirae Ball tied her career high with six rebounds and Halee Castleman added five as Saint Louis dominated UNO 46-23 on the glass. SLU enjoyed another strong outing at the foul line, shooting 79 percent (15-of-19), and held Omaha to 30-percent shooting.
ABOUT THE BILLIKENS - Lorreal Jones leads Saint Louis in scoring (11.8 ppg), rebounding (7.8 rpg), offensive rebounding (3.3 orpg) and field goal shooting (55.6 percent). Courtney Webb checks in with 10.3 points per game and a team-high six 3-pointers. Jacy Bradley averages 6.8 points, ranks second on the team in rebounding (5.3 rpg) and tops the Bills with 15 assists and six steals. Mallory Eggert averages 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds, and Desirae Ball averages 6.0 points. The Billikens are +8.0 in rebounding margin and are shooting 80.4 percent from the free-throw line.
SCOUTING WESTERN ILLINOIS - Saule Kontautaite (13.3 ppg), Charnelle Reed (13.0 ppg) and Michelle Maher (12.8 ppg) lead a WIU offense that relies heavily on the 3-point shot (40-of-102, .392). Kontautaite and Maher are 10-of-28 (.357) each from beyond the arc, and Reed is 9-of-14 (.643). Michele Salvatori leads the Leathernecks in rebounding (5.3 rpg), while Rebecca Henricson has team-high averages in assists (4.8) and steals (3.0).
THE SLU-WESTERN ILLINOIS SERIES - The Leathernecks lead the series 11-2. However, the Billikens captured the last meeting 84-58 in the 2006-07 season.UP NEXT - The Billikens host Indiana State Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m.