WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: A-10 Championship
WHEN: Friday (quarterfinals), Saturday (semifinals), Sunday (final), March 8-10, 2019
WHERE: A.J. Palumbo Center • Pittsburgh, Pa.
SLU SEEDING/RECORDS: No. 6; 15-15 overall, 9-7 A-10 regular season
SLU FIRST-ROUND GAME: at SLU 58, Richmond 49 (March 5) RECAP
SLU AUDIO: Listen here, with Dan Bettlach on the call
LIVE STREAMING VIDEO (quarterfinals only) AND LIVE STATS LINKS: A-10 Championship Central
SEMIFINALS AND FINAL TV COVERAGE: CBS Sports Network (semifinals); ESPNU (final)
• After playing in the WNIT in each of the past three seasons, Saint Louis is aiming for its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. The quest continues when the sixth-seeded Billikens tip off at 6 p.m. (CST) Friday, March 8, against third-seeded Duquesne in the quarterfinal round of the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship.
• The SLU-Duquesne winner plays the winner of the quarterfinal matchup between No. 2 Fordham and No. 10 Massachusetts in Saturday's semifinals (12:30 p.m. CST). The tournament championship game is slated for Sunday at 11 a.m. (CDT).
• The Billikens advanced to the A-10 quarterfinals for a fifth consecutive year with a 58-49 first-round win over Richmond Tuesday night in St. Louis. Brooke Flowers (14 points, 15 rebounds) posted her eighth double-double of the season and added three blocks, Kerri McMahan scored 14 points, and Ciaja Harbison tallied eight assists and three steals.
• Four Billikens earned A-10 postseason honors. Ciaja Harbison was named Rookie of the Year and made the All-Conference second team along with Jordyn Frantz; Kerri McMahan was named Defensive Player of the Year and All-Academic; and Brooke Flowers joined McMahan on the All-Defensive unit and Harbison on the All-Rookie team.
• Jordyn Frantz has 132 points over the last seven games (18.9 ppg). Four of Frantz's eight games of 20 or more points this year have occurred during that span. She set a career high three times during that stretch – 24 vs. Duquesne, 25 vs. Richmond and 27 vs. VCU.
• Ciaja Harbison (446 points) set SLU's season scoring mark for freshmen in the opening round vs. Richmond. Harbison was an 11-time A-10 Rookie of the Week.
• The Billikens have improved their free throw shooting recently, connecting on 78.1 percent (82-of-105) over the past six games.
• Two Billikens finished among the top four scorers in A-10 games only. Jordyn Frantz (16.3 ppg) and Ciaja Harbison (15.8 ppg) were third and fourth, respectively.
• Also in league games, Brooke Flowers led the A-10 in rebounding (10.8 rpg) and blocks (2.8 bpg), while Jordyn Frantz had a league-high 45 3-pointers.
• In all games, Ciaja Harbison leads SLU in scoring (14.9 ppg, No. 4 A-10), assists (4.5 apg, No. 1 A-10), steals (1.7 spg, No. 6 A-10), field goals (157), FT percentage (.847, No. 5 A-10), FTs made (116, No. 3 A-10) and FT attempts (137, No. 2 A-10). Harbison has scored in double figures 25 times, including seven 20+ efforts. She has 30 steals over the last 10 games.
• Jordyn Frantz is second to Harbison with 14.5 ppg (No. 6 A-10). Frantz leads the A-10 in 3-pointers (78) and adds 4.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. Her 78 treys are a single-season record by a SLU senior and tied for second on the Billikens' overall season chart. Frantz is 16-of-37 (.432) from 3-point range over the past five games, and 20-of-23 (.870) from the foul line in the last six games.
• Brooke Flowers has tallied 10.4 ppg, 11.1 rpg and 2.7 bpg as a starter. Overall, Flowers leads SLU in rebounding (8.2 rpg) and blocks (2.1 bpg) and is third in scoring (8.0 ppg).
• Kerri McMahan averages 7.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists and leads SLU in A-TO ratio (1.55-to-1; 1.80-to-1 last 27 games). McMahan has seven double-digit scoring totals over the last nine games (10.8 ppg). She has made 19 of her last 23 free throw attempts (.826) and, over the last five games, is 22-of-46 (.478) from the field.
• Myia Clark and Tasia Jeffries are providing valuable 3-point shooting off the bench. Clark is 9-of-15 in her last six games, and Jeffries is 6-of-13 in her last seven outings.
• Seventh-year head coach Lisa Stone brings a 122-101 record at Saint Louis into the A-10 Championship quarterfinals. Now in her 33rd season as a collegiate head coach, Stone owns a 625-338 career mark.