BILLIKEN PREVIEW: SLU Hosts Mason Wednesday in First of Eight A-10 Home Games
GEORGE MASON at SAINT LOUIS
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 :: 7 p.m. (CT) :: St. Louis, Missouri (Chaifetz Arena)
BILLIKENS AIM FOR FIRST 2-0 CONFERENCE START IN NINE YEARS
•Following a record-setting performance at Davidson in their Atlantic 10 Conference opener, the Saint Louis Billikens (11-3, 1-0) try to extend their winning streak to five Wednesday night when they host the George Mason Patriots (9-6, 2-0). Game time at Chaifetz Arena is 7 p.m.•Saint Louis routed Davidson 106-69 Dec. 31, while George Mason won for a second straight time and fourth time in five games by topping St. Bonaventure 52-49.
LAST TIME OUT
•The Billikens set four school records and came close to a fifth Saturday in a 106-69 win at Davidson. Click here to read the recap.TICKETS AT CHAIFETZ ARENA
•Tickets for all women’s basketball home games at Chaifetz Arena can be purchased at the gate, by phone at (314) 977-4SLU, or online at www.SLUBillikens.com.
•Single-game tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth 18 and under.
•Groups of 20 or more receive discounted tickets for $4 apiece.
•Students with a valid SLU ID card receive free admission.
FOLLOWING THE BILLIKENS
•Once again this season, all Saint Louis women’s basketball home games – with the exception of nationally televised contests vs. St. Bonaventure (Jan. 11), Dayton (Jan. 15) and Saint Joseph’s (Feb. 5) – will be video streamed free of charge on SLU’s official athletics website, www.SLUBillikens.com. Jeff Vernetti handles play-by-play duties.
•Live statistics also are provided for every home game.
•The links are located on the home page of www.SLUBillikens.com, in the schedule section just below the lead stories, as well as on the women’s basketball schedule/results page.
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
•Click here to see Saint Louis’ complete statistics.
•Saint Louis leads the A-10 in scoring offense (76.6 ppg), field goal percentage (.463), 3-point field goal percentage (.350), free throw percentage (.745), assists (18.9 apg), assist-turnover ratio (1.44:1), fewest turnovers (13.1 tpg), defensive rebounding (31.3 drpg) and scoring margin (+17.4 ppg). The Billikens are tied for first in 3-point field goals (7.0/game).
•The Billikens are second in rebounding margin (+7.8 rpg), free throws made (14.8/game) and free throw attempts (19.9/game).
•Three players own double-digit scoring averages, led by Jackie Kemph (15.1 ppg). Sadie Stipanovich tosses in 14.8 points per game, followed by Jordyn Frantz (11.6 ppg).
•Stipanovich hauls in a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game, followed by Olivia Jakubicek with 7.0 rpg.
•Kemph dishes out a team-high 7.7 assists per game.
•Frantz has a team-high 26 3-pointers, followed by Jenny Vliet with 22.•Frantz averages a team-high 1.4 steals.
•SLU is the preseason favorite to win a conference championship for the first time in program history.
•The Billikens received nine of 14 first-place votes and finished atop the Atlantic 10 coaches' preseason poll. Click here for more information on the preseason rankings.
•In addition to the A-10 coaches’ prediction, College Sports Madness picked the Billikens to win the A-10 crown and projected them as a No. 10 seed in the NCAA Championship.
•Jackie Kemph was selected to the A-10 preseason All-Conference first team, while Sadie Stipanovich earned a second-team nod.HEAD COACH LISA STONE
•Fifth-year head coach Lisa Stone, the 2015-16 A-10 Coach of the Year, owns a 579-301 record in her 31st year as a collegiate head coach. Stone is 76-64 at Saint Louis.
•In addition to earning the A-10 Coach of the Year award, Stone was selected High Major Coach of the Year by College Sports Madness.
•Before arriving at SLU, 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).
•Click here to read Stone’s complete bio.
SCOUTING REPORT: GEORGE MASON
•Click here for George Mason's complete statistics.
•George Mason scores 64.9 points per game and allows 60.7 points per game. The Patriots shoot 39.8 percent from the field overall, 30.1 percent from 3-point range and 69.8 percent from the free throw line.
•George Mason leads the A-10 in free throws made (15.1/game) and attempted (21.7/game) and ranks third in rebounding margin (+6.3 rpg).
•Redshirt-senior guard/forward Kara Wright leads the Patriots in scoring (14.8 ppg), rebounding (6.0 rpg), assists (3.2 apg), steals (1.9 spg) and field goal percentage (.514).
UP NEXT•The Billikens travel to Richmond, Virginia, to take on VCU Sunday, Jan. 8. The game tips at noon (CT) and will be televised on CBS Sports Network.