WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Saint Louis at Saint Joseph's
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 • 10:30 a.m. CST
WHERE: Hagan Arena • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
RECORDS: SLU 5-9, 0-1 Atlantic 10; Saint Joseph's 4-10, 0-1 Atlantic 10
SERIES: Saint Joseph's leads 10-5
LAST MEETING: Saint Joseph's 58, SLU 49 (3/3/18) RECAP
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: at Massachusetts 70, SLU 66 (Jan. 6) RECAP
HAWKS' LAST GAME: at VCU 59, Saint Joseph's 40 (Jan. 5) RECAP
UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: Fordham • Sunday, Jan. 13 • 3 p.m. CST • St. Louis, Mo.
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• The Saint Louis Billikens seek their first Atlantic 10 Conference win of the season Wednesday, Jan. 9, in a matchup against the Saint Joseph's Hawks. Tip time at Hagan Arena in Philadelphia is 10:30 a.m. (CST).
• The Billikens were edged 70-66 at Massachusetts in their league opener, while the Hawks dropped a 59-40 decision at VCU to begin conference play.
• Jordyn Frantz enters Wednesday's game with 983 career points. Frantz is looking to become the 21st Saint Louis women's basketball player to score 1,000 career points.
• Saint Louis produced the A-10 Rookie of the Week in seven of the first nine weeks of the season. Ciaja Harbison is a four-time winner, Brooke Flowers has been recognized in each of the past two weeks, and Myia Clark has earned the honor once.
• The past two games have seen the Bills enjoy their best back-to-back shooting efforts this season. SLU shot a combined 50.4 percent overall and 44.4 percent from 3-point range.
• The Billikens have taken good care of the ball in recent outings. SLU averaged only 12.5 turnovers over its last 10 games, including just nine miscues apiece vs. Virginia and SIUE.
• Ciaja Harbison leads the Billikens in scoring (14.5 ppg), assists (4.4 apg, leads the A-10), steals (1.4 spg), field goals (70), free throw percentage (.841), free throws made (53) and free throw attempts (63). Harbison has scored in double figures in nine straight games (16.1 ppg), shooting 49 percent from the floor overall and 53 percent from 3-point range in that stretch.
• Jordyn Frantz is second on the team with 13.0 ppg. Frantz leads SLU in 3-pointers (34), shoots 82 percent from the foul line and contributes 4.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
• Saint Louis is the only A-10 team to have two players among the league's top 10 in both scoring and free throw percentage. Ciaja Harbison is fourth and Jordyn Frantz is 10th in scoring; Harbison and Frantz rank sixth and tied for eighth, respectively, in FT percentage.
• Brooke Flowers has produced three consecutive double-doubles, averaging 18.3 points and 12.0 rebounds and shooting 51 percent from the field in those games. Flowers has taken the SLU leads in rebounding (5.1 rpg) and blocks (1.5 bpg).
• Chloe Rice leads the A-10 in 3-point field goal accuracy, connecting on 15-of-36 for 41.7 percent.
• Kerri McMahan averages 5.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists, shoots 46 percent from the field and 70 percent from the foul line, and has SLU's best assist-turnover ratio (1.79-to-1, second in the A-10; 2.85-to-1 last 10 games).
• Myia Clark is averaging 6.7 rebounds over the last three games. Clark is the Billikens' second-leading rebounder (4.6 rpg).
• Seventh-year head coach Lisa Stone brings a 112-95 record at Saint Louis into Wednesday’s game. Now in her 33rd season as a collegiate head coach, Stone owns a 615-332 career mark.
A LOOK AT SAINT JOSEPH'S
• Saint Joseph's finished 19-15 overall and 10-6 (tied for fifth) in the A-10 last season. The Hawks were the A-10 Championship runners-up and reached the WNIT second round.
• Saint Joseph's has lost three straight and six of its last seven games.
• The Hawks are second in the A-10 in scoring defense, allowing just 56.6 points per game.
• Senior guard Alyssa Monaghan leads Saint Joseph's in scoring (11.7 ppg), 3-pointers (25), free throw percentage (.891) and assists (3.4 apg).
• Freshman forward Katie Mayock leads the Hawks in rebounding (5.9 rpg) and blocks (23), shoots 50 percent from the field and adds 7.5 points per game.