BILLIKENS LOOK TO CONQUER MUSKETEERS - Saint Louis (8-12, 2-3 Atlantic 10) travels to Cincinnati to take on Xavier (6-13, 0-5) Thursday, Jan. 31. Tip time at Cintas Center is 6 p.m. (CT). The Billikens will attempt to halt a 14-game losing streak against Xavier and defeat the Musketeers for the first time in an A-10 contest.
FOLLOWING THE ACTION - Free live statistics and a subscription live video stream are available for Thursday's SLU-Xavier 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 - Desirae Ball equaled her career scoring high and Lorreal Jones posted a second consecutive double-double, but Charlotte walked away with a 71-54 victory over Saint Louis Jan. 27 at Chaifetz Arena. Ball tied her career high for field goals (8-of-11), including a pair of 3-pointers, and finished with 18 points. Jones was 6-of-9 from the floor in her 14-point performance, and her season-high 13 rebounds included four offensive boards. Jacy Bradley tallied seven points, six rebounds and five assists, while Halee Castleman chipped in a career-high four assists.
BILLIKEN LEADERS - Lorreal Jones leads SLU in scoring (12.0 ppg), rebounding (8.1 rpg), offensive rebounding (3.1 orpg) and field goal shooting (48.8 percent). Courtney Webb (9.1 ppg), Mallory Eggert (9.0 ppg), Jacy Bradley (9.0 ppg) and Desirae Ball (8.4 ppg) follow Jones on the scoring chart, while Eggert (6.5 rpg) and Bradley (4.3 rpg) are second and third, respectively, in rebounding. Bradley leads the squad in assists (4.8 apg), and her 25 3-pointers are second to Webb's 29.
SCOUTING XAVIER - The Musketeers bring a seven-game losing streak into Thursday's game. Xavier has suffered several narrow defeats, including conference losses of two points to Duquesne, four points to Butler and seven points to Fordham. Xavier also fell to Richmond by 10 points in overtime. Amber Gray leads the Musketeers in scoring (10.9 ppg) and pulls down 6.0 rebounds per game, while Ashley Wanninger owns a 10.0 scoring average and a team-high 39 3-pointers. Jessica Pachko scores at a 9.6 ppg clip and leads Xavier with a 6.9 rebounding mark, Shatyra Hawkes averages 9.3 points and a team-high 3.5 assists, and Lakeisha Crouch produces 7.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. The Musketeers are +4.3 in rebounding margin and lead the Atlantic 10 in free-throw attempts (19.9 per game).UP NEXT - The Billikens host Massachusetts Thursday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network.