Second-Place Bonnies Come to Chaifetz Arena Wednesday
FOLLOWING THE ACTION – Wednesday’s SLU-St. Bonaventure game will be broadcast live on WQQX, 1490 AM FOX Sports Radio, in the St. Louis market. In addition, the broadcast will be streamed for no charge at http://www.wqqx1490am.com. Jeff Vernetti handles the play-by-play. A live video stream (fee required) and free live statistics are available as well. The links for all these features can be found in the schedule box located just below the main photo on www.SLUBillikens.com. Also, updates are provided on Billiken women’s basketball’s official Twitter account, @SLU_WBB.
HUNDREDS OF LOCAL STUDENTS TO ATTEND WEDNESDAY’S GAME – Saint Louis women’s basketball will host its fourth annual Billiken Brilliance Education Day Wednesday when the Billikens host St. Bonaventure. Billiken Brilliance is a field trip that gives local elementary and middle-school students an opportunity to participate in educational activities while attending a Billiken women’s basketball game. The educational emphasis is on math and nutrition. Each student will receive a packet of grade-appropriate math activities to complete during the game and will have access to a nutrition station in Chaifetz Pavilion. A Billiken Fun Zone will offer activities such as poster making and face painting prior to the game. Nearly 500 students are expected to attend.
BILLIKEN LEADERS – Erin Nelson carries a team-high 13.4 scoring average, and Desirae Ball ranks second with a 12.1 points-per-game mark. Denisha Womack is third with 8.5 ppg, followed by Jamesia Price (7.5 ppg), Sadie Stipanovich (7.3 ppg) and Olivia Jakubicek (6.3 ppg). Stipanovich (6.6 rpg) and Womack (6.5 rpg) are battling for the SLU rebounding lead, and Jakubicek averages 5.7 boards. Price tops the Billiken charts in assists (3.8 apg) and steals (1.4 spg), Nelson has a team-high 32 3-pointers, and Ball shoots a team-high 83.7 percent from the foul line.
LAST TIME OUT – Denisha Womack scored a career- and game-high 20 points, and Saint Louis shot a blistering 61.5 percent in the second half en route to a 65-62 A-10 victory at George Mason Feb. 8. Erin Nelson tallied 16 points, and Desirae Ball added 15. The second-half shooting effort gave the Billikens a season-best 50-percent mark (27-of-54) for the game. Included was a 6-of-13 showing (46.2 percent) from beyond the arc. In addition, SLU committed a season-low eight turnovers while notching 17 assists. Sadie Stipanovich led Saint Louis with seven rebounds, followed by Womack with six. Womack also recorded a career-high-tying and game-high-tying six assists, while Jamesia Price added five assists.
HEAD COACH LISA STONE – Second-year Billiken head coach Lisa Stone owns a 524-270 record (21-33 at SLU) in her 28th year as a collegiate head coach. Before arriving at Saint Louis, Stone was 128-119 in eight seasons at Wisconsin, 64-27 in three years at Drake, 277-59 in 12 campaigns at Wisconsin-Eau Claire and 34-32 in three seasons at Cornell (Iowa). She is joined on the sideline by three assistants in their first seasons at SLU – Mike Geary, Kristy Guffey and Linda Sayavongchanh.
SCOUTING ST. BONAVENTURE – Five Bonnies carry a double-digit scoring average, led by sophomore forward Katie Healy’s 15.6 ppg (fifth in the A-10). Sophomore guard Nyla Rueter is next with 11.0 ppg, followed by sophomore forward Hannah Little (10.1 ppg), senior forward Chelsea Bowker (10.0 ppg) and redshirt-freshman forward Gabby Richmond (10.0 ppg). Little (8.3 rpg) and Healy (8.2 rpg) rank fifth and sixth, respectively, in A-10 rebounding, leading St. Bonaventure to a +4.6 advantage on the boards. Little is fourth in the A-10 with 3.3 offensive rebounds per game. Rueter ranks fourth (.414) and Bowker fifth (.404) in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage, and Bowker’s 67 treys are the A-10’s second-highest total.
SERIES HISTORY – The Bonnies lead the Billikens 7-2 in the all-time series and own a five-game series winning streak, including a 62-60 victory Jan. 18 in Olean, N.Y. In that game, Denisha Womack registered a then-career high of 17 points, a game-high eight rebounds and a career- and game-high six assists. Desirae Ball tossed in 17 points, Olivia Jakubicek contributed 10 points and seven rebounds, and Jamesia Price collected nine points, four rebounds and four assists. The Billikens equaled their season high of 10 3-point field goals (10-of-23, .435). Nyla Rueter netted a game-high 22 points, Gabby Richmond scored 14 and Katie Healy added 12 for St. Bonaventure.UP NEXT – Atlantic 10 leader and preseason favorite Dayton comes to town Monday, Feb. 17, to face the Billikens in a game that originally was scheduled for Jan. 5 but postponed due to travel problems encountered by Saint Louis. Tip time is 5 p.m.