WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Saint Louis at Washington State

WHEN: Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 • 9 p.m. CST
WHERE: Beasley Coliseum • Pullman, Washington
RECORDS: SLU 4-5; Washington State 4-4
SLU-WASHINGTON STATE SERIES: SLU leads 1-0
SLU-WASHINGTON STATE LAST MEETING: at SLU 73, Washington State 70 (12/18/16) RECAP
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: at SLU 48, Little Rock 45 (Dec. 1) RECAP
COUGARS’ LAST GAME: at Washington State 72, Idaho State 55 (Dec. 1) RECAP
UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: at Missouri • Friday, Dec. 8 • 7 p.m. CST • Columbia, Mo.

GAME NOTES: Saint Louis
GAME NOTES: Washington State
LIVE VIDEO: WSU Live Stream (free)
LIVE STATS: StatBroadcast

A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
• In a rematch of a game played at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis last season, the Saint Louis Billikens take on the Washington State Cougars of the Pac-12 Conference Monday, Dec. 4, in Pullman, Washington.
• Last Friday, SLU halted a two-game skid with a come-from-behind, 48-45 victory over Little Rock at Chaifetz Arena.
• SLU's win over Little Rock three nights ago was the Billikens' first victory when scoring fewer than 50 points since March 8, 2013, when they beat Butler 44-41 in the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship first round.
Jackie Kemph leads Saint Louis in scoring (15.6 ppg), assists (7.3 apg), assist-turnover ratio (2.28), free throws made (41), free throw attempts (50) and minutes (38.6 mpg). Kemph has scored in double figures in every game this season and has made 14 straight free throws.
• A two-time A-10 Player of the Year, Kemph owns Saint Louis' career assists record (727). She is No. 2 in free throws made (373, needs 34 for the record) and No. 3 in points (1,520, needs 66 for the record) on the Billikens' career lists. Kemph has started every game of her collegiate career.
Maddison Gits averages 10.2 points and is SLU's rebounding leader (9.7 rpg). Gits is 14-of-20 from the field over the last three games, raising her season mark to 52.7 percent. She also leads the team with 11 blocks.
Aaliyah Covington is a solid No. 3 scorer with 9.3 points per game. Covington has at least one 3-point field goal in each of the last six games.
Jenny Vliet collected 40 rebounds (13 offensive) over the last four games, the best four-game stretch of her career. Vliet leads SLU in offensive rebounding (2.6 orpg), is second in overall rebounding (7.6 rpg) and averages 8.7 points.
Jordyn Frantz carries a 7.9 scoring average and leads the Billikens in 3-pointers (14), 3-point field goal percentage (.378) and steals (11).
• Sixth-year head coach Lisa Stone takes a 94-75 record at Saint Louis into the Washington State game. Now in her 32nd season overall as a collegiate head coach, Stone owns a 597-312 career mark.

A LOOK AT THE COUGARS
• Washington State, which owns a three-game winning streak, has four starters and eight additional letter winners back from its 2016-17 team that reached the WNIT semifinals. The Cougars finished 16-20 overall and were 6-12 (seventh) in the Pac-12 Conference.
• Redshirt-sophomore forward Borislava Hristova carries a team-best 17.5 scoring average and adds 4.3 rebounds per game.
• Junior guard Alexys Swedlund leads the Cougars with 17 3-pointers and is second on the team with 10.4 points per game.
• Redshirt-junior forward Louise Brown is Washington State’s leading rebounder (6.9 rpg). Brown averages 7.8 points, shoots 50 percent (13-of-26) from 3-point range and is 11-of-11 from the free throw line.
• The Cougars’ roster also includes sophomore guard Chanelle Molina, a Pac-12 All-Freshman selection last year, and senior guard Caila Hailey, a 2017 Pac-12 All-Defensive honorable mention.