Following 10-Day Layoff, Billikens Host Memphis
BILLS, TIGERS CLASH AT CHAIFETZ ARENA - Following a 10-day break, Saint Louis looks to continue its winning ways as the Billikens host Memphis Wednesday, Dec. 19. Tip time at Chaifetz Arena is 4 p.m. SLU has evened its record at 5-5 by winning five of its last seven games, a feat that hadn't been accomplished since the 2008-09 season. Memphis snapped a four-game skid and improved to 4-5 with an 80-57 win over Alabama A&M last Friday.
TWO GAMES FOR THE PRICE OF ONE - Following the SLU-Memphis game, the Billiken men's team takes on Eastern Illinois at 7 p.m. One ticket is good for both games. General admission tickets for the Billiken women's game are available for $10 for adults and $5 for youth.
FOLLOWING THE ACTION - Free live statistics and a subscription live video stream are available for all Billiken home games. Subscriptions for the video stream are available for $79.99 per year or $9.99 per month. The links for these features can be found in the schedule box located just below the main photo on www.SLUBillikens.com.
LAST TIME OUT - Jacy Bradley scored a game-high and team-season-high 23 points, and Saint Louis overcame a late challenge to defeat Evansville 63-59 Dec. 9 in Evansville. Bradley tied her career high and tied for team-high honors with eight rebounds, and she added a game-high six assists. Lorreal Jones had 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists for Saint Louis, which established a season scoring high. Courtney Webb tossed in 12 points, Desirae Ball chipped in six points, four assists and a game-high three steals, and Mallory Eggert grabbed six rebounds. SLU outrebounded Evansville 38-33 and committed a season-low eight turnovers.
ABOUT THE BILLIKENS - Lorreal Jones leads Saint Louis in scoring (11.8 ppg), rebounding (7.8 rpg) and offensive rebounding (3.1 orpg). Mallory Eggert is second in rebounding (7.1 rpg) and offensive rebounding (2.5 orpg) and third in scoring (10.7 ppg) while shooting a team-high 50.6 percent from the floor. Courtney Webb is second in scoring (11.2 ppg), averages 4.1 rebounds and has a team-high 18 3-pointers. Jacy Bradley averages 7.8 points and 4.3 rebounds while leading the squad in assists (4.9 apg). Desirae Ball owns a 7.3 scoring mark and leads the team with 13 steals. The Bills are +7.5 in rebounding margin, are shooting 40.5 percent from the field and 72.7 percent from the free-throw line, and are allowing 55.8 points per game.
SCOUTING MEMPHIS - The Tigers, who went 25-8 and reached the WNIT second round last year, are without starters Mooriah Rowser (12.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg) and Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir (8.5 ppg, 3.5 apg) due to injury. Nicole Dickson leads Memphis in scoring (19.6 ppg), rebounding (6.9 rpg) and steals (2.2 spg), and Ariel Hearn tops the team in assists (4.2 apg) while averaging 12.8 points and 5.1 rebounds. Pa'Sonna Hope and Ann Jones average 7.8 and 6.9 points, respectively, and Hope hauls in 6.2 boards per game. The Tigers average 71.7 points and allow an average of 68.1 points. They are +3.6 in rebounding margin (16.3 offensive rebounds per game).
THE SLU-MEMPHIS SERIES - The Tigers lead the series between the former Conference USA rivals 24-4. Memphis has won three straight over SLU; the Bills last defeated the Tigers 59-58 (OT) in St. Louis on Feb. 25, 2005.UP NEXT - The Billikens play their final game before the winter break Friday, Dec. 21, against Drake in Des Moines, Iowa. Game time is 5:05 p.m.