FORMER DRAKE COACHES LEAD BILLIKENS AGAINST BULLDOGS - Saint Louis will try to even its record at 6-6 heading into the holiday break when the Billikens take on Drake (3-6) Friday, Dec. 21. Tip time at the Knapp Center in Des Moines, Iowa, is 5:05 p.m. SLU is led by first-year head coach Lisa Stone, who guided Drake to a 64-27 record and two NCAA Tournament berths (including a Sweet 16 appearance) in three seasons (2000-03) at the helm. Stone was succeeded by current Saint Louis assistant coach Amy Stephens, who last season concluded a nine-year tenure in Des Moines with a 151-130 ledger. Stephens led Drake to one NCAA appearance and four WNIT bids.
FOLLOWING THE ACTION - Free live statistics and a free live audio stream are available for the SLU-Drake game. 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 - Mallory Eggert and Lorreal Jones registered 15 points and a game-high-tying eight rebounds apiece, but Memphis took command in the second half and posted a 65-58 victory over Saint Louis Wednesday at Chaifetz Arena. Eggert was 6-of-11 from the field, and her team-high five offensive rebounds tied her season high. Jones added a team-high two steals. Courtney Webb tallied 11 points and six rebounds, while Jenna Mueller grabbed a season-high six boards. Jacy Bradley and Desirae Ball had seven (game high) and four assists, respectively.
ABOUT THE BILLIKENS - Lorreal Jones leads Saint Louis in scoring (12.1 ppg), rebounding (7.8 rpg) and offensive rebounding (3.1 orpg) and is shooting a solid 47.3 percent from the field. Mallory Eggert is second in rebounding (7.2 rpg) and offensive rebounding (2.7 orpg) and third in scoring (11.1 ppg) while shooting a team-high 51.1 percent from the floor. Courtney Webb is second in scoring (11.2 ppg), averages 4.3 rebounds and has a team-high 19 3-pointers. Jacy Bradley averages 7.5 points and 4.0 rebounds while leading the squad in assists (5.1 apg). Desirae Ball owns a 7.3 scoring mark and leads the team with 13 steals. The Bills are +6.3 in rebounding margin, are shooting 39.9 percent from the field and 71.3 percent from the free-throw line, and are allowing 56.6 points per game.
SCOUTING DRAKE - The Bulldogs of the Missouri Valley Conference are 3-6, but four of their losses have been by six or fewer points, including one overtime contest. Kyndal Clark (13.7 ppg), Morgan Reid (10.9 ppg) and Carly Grenfell (8.6 ppg) are Drake's leading scorers. Grenfell is 20-of-43 (.465) from beyond the arc. Reid collects 8.2 rebounds per game, followed by Clark with 5.3. Alyssa Marschner leads the Bulldogs with 5.6 assists per game. Drake averages 64 points and allows an average of 67.2 points.
THE SLU-DRAKE SERIES - With a 62-60 victory in St. Louis a year ago, the Bulldogs took a 3-2 series lead.UP NEXT - Following a break for Christmas, the Billikens host another Missouri Valley Conference opponent, Northern Iowa, Dec. 29. Game time at Chaifetz Arena is 2 p.m.