WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Fordham at Saint Louis
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019 • 3 p.m. CST
WHERE: Chaifetz Arena • St. Louis, Missouri
RECORDS: SLU 6-9, 1-1 Atlantic 10; Fordham 11-5, 2-0 Atlantic 10
SERIES: SLU leads 10-7
LAST MEETING: at SLU 91, Fordham 85, 2 OT (1/31/18) RECAP
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: SLU 62, at Saint Joseph's 49 (Jan. 9) RECAP
RAMS' LAST GAME: at Fordham 60, Richmond 48 (Jan. 9) RECAP
UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: Rhode Island • Wednesday, Jan. 16 • 7 p.m. CST • St. Louis, Mo.
LIVE AUDIO: LISTEN, with Dan Bettlach on the call
TV: CBS Sports Network (click here for a channel finder)
LIVE STATS: StatBroadcast
• The Saint Louis Billikens (6-9, 1-1 A-10) take on one of four undefeated teams in Atlantic 10 Conference play Sunday, Jan. 13, as the Fordham Rams (11-5, 2-0) visit Chaifetz Arena. Tip time is 3 p.m. (CST).
• The Billikens are coming off a 62-49 victory at Saint Joseph’s on Wednesday. The Rams, who have won six straight and seven of eight, downed Richmond 60-48 at home the same day.
• Today's game features the top two teams in the A-10 in fewest turnovers. Fordham (10.7 tpg) leads the league, and Saint Louis (13.7 tpg) is second. The Billikens have averaged just 12.4 turnovers over their last 11 games.
• In the last three outings, the Billikens have enjoyed their best three-game shooting stretch of the year in each category. In games vs. Florida Atlantic, UMass and Saint Joseph's, SLU shot 49 percent from the field overall, 46 percent from the arc and 76 percent from the foul line.
• Also over the last three games, SLU has won the rebounding battle and has tallied more assists than turnovers against each opponent. The Billikens are +11.7 in rebounding margin and have a 1.41-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio during that stretch.
• SLU has held its last four opponents to a combined 35 percent field goal shooting mark.
• Ciaja Harbison leads the Billikens in scoring (14.5 ppg), assists (4.4 apg, leads the A-10), steals (1.3 spg), field goals (75), free throw percentage (.841), free throws made (58) and free throw attempts (69). Harbison has scored in double figures in 10 straight games (16.0 ppg), shooting 47 percent from the floor overall and 50 percent from 3-point range in that stretch.
• Jordyn Frantz is second with 13.5 ppg. Frantz leads SLU in 3-pointers (37), shoots 80 percent from the foul line and contributes 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. She is the Billikens' top scorer over the last three games (18.3 ppg), going 10-of-23 (.435) from the arc.
• 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 sixth in scoring; Harbison and Frantz rank sixth and eighth, respectively, in free throw percentage.
• Brooke Flowers has produced four consecutive double-doubles, averaging 16.8 points and 12.8 rebounds (4.5 offensive/game) and shooting 51 percent from the field in those games. Flowers has taken the SLU leads in rebounding (5.8 rpg) and blocks (1.6 bpg).
• Kerri McMahan averages 5.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists, shoots 47 percent from the field and 73 percent from the foul line, and has SLU's best assist-turnover ratio (1.67-to-1, second in the A-10; 2.44-to-1 last 11 games).
• Myia Clark is averaging 6.5 rebounds over the last four games. Clark is the Billikens' second-leading rebounder (4.7 rpg).
• Seventh-year head coach Lisa Stone brings a 113-95 record at Saint Louis into Sunday’s game. Now in her 33rd season as a collegiate head coach, Stone owns a 616-332 career mark.
A LOOK AT FORDHAM
• Fordham reached the WNIT third round last season and was 24-10 overall and 12-4 (third place) in the A-10.
• The Rams rank third in the A-10 in scoring defense (57.8 ppg) and 3-pointers per game (7.3). Their opponents average only eight offensive rebounds per game.
• Redshirt sophomore guard Bre Cavanaugh, a second-team All-Conference selection last year, is second in the A-10 in scoring (18.2 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (7.4 rpg). Cavanaugh has a team-high 34 3-pointers.
• Senior forward Mary Goulding averages 10.7 points and is third in the league with 7.5 rebounds per game. Goulding is second in the A-10 with 3.2 offensive boards per contest.
• Senior guard Lauren Holden averages 9.3 points and has poured in 30 treys.
• Sophomore guard Kendell Heremaia contributes 8.4 points and a team-high 3.0 assists per game.