BILLIKENS AIM FOR RETURN TO .500 IN A-10 - Saint Louis (10-14, 4-5 A-10) hosts Fordham (17-7, 7-2 A-10) in a key Atlantic 10 Conference clash Sunday, Feb. 17, at Chaifetz Arena. Game time is 1 p.m. With five games remaining, the Billikens are trying to vault into the upper half of the A-10 standings, while the Rams attempt to stay in contention for a first-round bye in the A-10 Championship.
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ACTIVITIES ABOUND THIS SUNDAY - In conjunction with the SLU-Fordham contest, three important activities will take place at Chaifetz Arena this Sunday. The game has been designated as the Billikens' "Pink Out" in support of cancer awareness and research. The Billikens will wear pink uniforms, and 750 pink Billiken T-shirts will be handed out to those in attendance. Fans will have an opportunity to make donations, and all proceeds will benefit the Saint Louis University Cancer Center. Also, Sunday is SLU Women's Basketball Alumnae Day, with several former Billikens scheduled to attend and be recognized during halftime. Finally, the Billikens will celebrate Senior Day. Following the game, seniors Jacy Bradley, Mallory Eggert and Courtney Webb will be honored for their contributions to the program.
LAST TIME OUT - A 3-pointer at the buzzer gave La Salle a 49-46 victory over Saint Louis Feb. 13 in Philadelphia. The game-winning shot came just moments after a 3-pointer by Jacy Bradley, who led SLU with 17 points, tied the game at 46. Bradley added game highs of five assists and three steals. Desirae Ball had 13 points and three assists, while Mallory Eggert narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and a game-high nine rebounds. The Billikens topped the Explorers 37-32 on the boards. La Salle scored 14 points in the first half, the lowest total by a Billiken opponent in any half this season.
BILLIKEN LEADERS - SLU features a balanced offensive attack, with five players averaging between 8.4 and 11.1 points. Lorreal Jones leads the way at 11.1 ppg, followed by Jacy Bradley (9.9 ppg), Desirae Ball (9.3 ppg), Courtney Webb (8.6 ppg) and Mallory Eggert (8.4 ppg). Jones also tops the SLU charts in rebounding (8.4 rpg), offensive rebounding (3.2 orpg) and field goal shooting (.467). Eggert pulls down 6.1 rebounds per game, with Bradley and Halee Castleman tied for third at 4.2 rpg. Bradley averages a team-high 4.8 assists. Webb and Bradley lead the Bills in 3-pointers with 33 and 31, respectively.
SCOUTING FORDHAM - Fordham ranks second in the A-10 in scoring defense, allowing just 52.5 points per game, and has held nine opponents to fewer than 50 points. The Rams lead the league in free-throw shooting (.760), rank third in fewest turnovers (14.4 tpg) and are fourth in 3-pointers per game (5.4). Marah Strickland averages a team-high 14.0 points and is followed closely by Erin Rooney, who tallies 13.9 points per game. Strickland and Rooney are seventh and eighth, respectively, on the A-10 scoring list; Strickland ranks first (.871) and Rooney is second (.846) in the league in free-throw shooting. Samantha Clark (6.5 rpg) and Abigail Corning (6.3 rpg) are Fordham's top rebounders, while Arielle Collins is third in the A-10 in steals (2.6 spg). The Rams, who last month went to Charlotte and handed the 49ers their only conference loss to date, are coming off a 66-56 win over George Washington.UP NEXT - The Billikens host Butler Wednesday, Feb. 20, at noon. SLU will welcome local elementary and middle-school students to Chaifetz Arena for Billiken women's basketball's third annual Education Day.