A-10 Championship Semifinal: Saint Louis vs. Saint Joseph's
WHEN: Saturday, March 3, 2018 • 12:30 p.m. (CST)
WHERE: Richmond Coliseum • Richmond, Virginia
RECORDS: SLU 17-14, Saint Joseph's 17-13
SLU-SAINT JOSEPH'S SERIES: Saint Joseph’s leads 9-5; SLU has won four of the last five
SLU-SAINT JOSEPH'S LAST MEETING: at SLU 96, Saint Joseph's 73 (1/21/18) RECAP
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: SLU 71, Duquesne 65 (March 2) RECAP
HAWKS’ LAST GAME: Saint Joseph's 52, Fordham 49 (March 2) RECAP
UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: A-10 Championship Final • Sunday, March 4 • 11 a.m. (CST) • Richmond, Va.
• Following a 71-65 victory over No. 2 seed Duquesne in Friday's A-10 Championship quarterfinals, the No. 7 Saint Louis Billikens face the No. 6 Saint Joseph's Hawks in today's semifinal round.
• The Billikens have won their last three games, while the Hawks – a 52-49 winner over No. 3 Fordham in the quarterfinals – have won three straight and seven of their last eight.
• Today's winner advances to play either No. 1 Dayton or No. 5 George Washington in Sunday's title game at noon.
• Saint Louis is attempting to become the second consecutive No. 7 seed to reach the A-10 Championship title game. Last year, Duquesne upset No. 2 George Washington and No. 3 Saint Joseph's before falling to No. 1 Dayton in the final.
• Today’s game features two All-Conference players. Jackie Kemph was selected to the first team for a third straight season, while Chelsea Woods of Saint Joseph’s made the third team.
• Both teams are among the A-10 leaders in field goal percentage and fewest turnovers. SLU ranks second in field goal percentage (.431), with Saint Joseph’s close behind in fourth (.428). The Billikens average only 12.5 turnovers, while the Hawks commit only 13.6 miscues per game.
• Jackie Kemph and Jenny Vliet are playing their school-record 131st game in a SLU uniform today. Kemph and Vliet broke the previous mark of 129, set last year by Olivia Jakubicek and Sadie Stipanovich, in yesterday's quarterfinal game.
• Jackie Kemph enters today's game with 101 double-digit scoring games in her career.
• Maddison Gits has a team-high 11 double-doubles and has been very close to the feat on several occasions. Gits has been one rebound short six times and a field goal shy once. She was one of only five players to average a double-double in A-10 play (13.4 ppg, 10.5 rpg).
• Paige Rakers finished among the A-10's top 10 in field goal percentage (seventh, .488) and 3-point field goal percentage (ninth, .420) against conference opponents.
• Jackie Kemph registered eight assists and did not commit a turnover in SLU's first-round win over UMass. It was the 11th game this season in which Kemph notched at least seven assists and committed two or fewer turnovers.
• In conference games, SLU led the A-10 in free throw percentage (.783). The Billikens were 22-of-27 (.815) Friday vs. Duquesne, the 11th time this season – seventh time in the last nine games – they have shot 80 percent or higher (all vs. A-10 opponents).
• Saint Louis has committed fewer than 10 turnovers in three straight and five of the last eight games. The Billikens had seven miscues vs. Dayton in the regular-season finale, a season-low five vs. UMass in the A-10 Championship first round, and eight yesterday vs. Duquesne.
• With a win today, the Billikens would tie their longest winning streak of the season (four).
• Sixth-year head coach Lisa Stone takes a 107-84 record at Saint Louis into the Saint Joseph’s game. Now in her 32nd season overall as a collegiate head coach, Stone owns a 610-321 career mark.