BILLIKEN PREVIEW: Wednesday Morning Tipoff for SLU, St. Bonaventure
ST. BONAVENTURE at SAINT LOUIS
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 :: 11 a.m. (CT) :: St. Louis, Missouri (Chaifetz Arena)
BILLIKENS, BONNIES MEET IN NATIONALLY TELEVISED GAME
•Riding a season-long six-game winning streak, the Saint Louis Billikens (13-3, 3-0 Atlantic 10) welcome the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (6-10, 1-3) to Chaifetz Arena Wednesday, Jan. 11. Tip time is 11 a.m.
•Wednesday is SLU’s seventh annual Education Day field trip. Approximately 3,000 local elementary and middle-school students are expected to attend.
•Saint Louis is 3-0 in conference play for the first time in program history after claiming a 62-48 decision at VCU Sunday afternoon. St. Bonaventure has lost three straight, most recently falling 61-54 at Richmond on Sunday.
•The Billikens are ranked No. 4 in the most recent (Jan. 4) ESPNW national mid-major poll. They also received votes in this week’s USA Today Coaches Poll.•The Billikens and Bonnies meet again Saturday, Feb. 11, in Olean, New York.
LAST TIME OUT
•The Billikens turned in strong defensive and rebounding performances in a 62-48 A-10 victory at VCU Sunday afternoon. Click here to read the recap.
TICKETS AT CHAIFETZ ARENA
•Tickets for all women’s basketball home games at Chaifetz Arena can be purchased at the gate, by phone at (314) 977-4SLU, or online at www.SLUBillikens.com.
•Single-game tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth 18 and under.
•Groups of 20 or more receive discounted tickets for $4 apiece.
•Students with a valid SLU ID card receive free admission.
FOLLOWING THE BILLIKENS
•Wednesday’s game will be televised on NBC Sports Network. Click here to access a channel finder.
•NBC Sports Network also offers an online stream. Fans can watch the game by clicking here, or through the NBC Sports app which is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.
•The game also will be audio streamed free of charge on SLU’s official athletics website, www.SLUBillikens.com. Jeff Vernetti handles play-by-play duties.
•In addition, live stats will be provided.•All coverage links also are listed above.
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
•Click here to see Saint Louis’ complete statistics.
•Saint Louis leads the A-10 in scoring offense (76.5 ppg), field goal percentage (.457), field goal percentage defense (.351), rebounding margin (+8.5 rpg), 3-point field goals (7.1/game), assists (19.1 apg), assist-turnover ratio (1.46:1), fewest turnovers (13.1 tpg), defensive rebounding (31.6 drpg) and scoring margin (+18.5 ppg).
•The Billikens are second in 3-point field goal percentage (.358), free throws made (14.6/game) and free throw attempts (19.6/game).
•Three players own double-digit scoring averages, led by Sadie Stipanovich (14.8 ppg). Jackie Kemph tosses in 14.3 points per game, followed by Jordyn Frantz (11.6 ppg).
•Stipanovich hauls in a team-high 8.9 rebounds per game, followed by Olivia Jakubicek with 7.5 rpg.
•Kemph dishes out a team-high 8.0 assists per game.
•Frantz has a team-high 31 3-pointers, followed by Jenny Vliet with 27.•Frantz and Jakubicek average a team-high 1.3 steals apiece.
•SLU is the preseason favorite to win a conference championship for the first time in program history.
•The Billikens received nine of 14 first-place votes and finished atop the Atlantic 10 coaches' preseason poll. Click here for more information on the preseason rankings.
•In addition to the A-10 coaches’ prediction, College Sports Madness picked the Billikens to win the A-10 crown and projected them as a No. 10 seed in the NCAA Championship.
•Jackie Kemph was selected to the A-10 preseason All-Conference first team, while Sadie Stipanovich earned a second-team nod.
HEAD COACH LISA STONE
•Fifth-year head coach Lisa Stone, the 2015-16 A-10 Coach of the Year, owns a 581-301 record in her 31st year as a collegiate head coach. Stone is 78-64 at Saint Louis.
•In addition to earning the A-10 Coach of the Year award, Stone was selected High Major Coach of the Year by College Sports Madness.•Before arriving at SLU, Stone was 128-119 in eight seasons at Wisconsin, 64-27 in three years at Drake, 277-59 in 12 campaigns at Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and 34-32 in three seasons at Cornell (Iowa).
•Click here to read Stone’s complete bio.
SCOUTING REPORT: ST. BONAVENTURE
•Click here for St. Bonaventure's complete statistics.
•St. Bonaventure scores 54.7 points per game and allows 59.8 points per game. The Bonnies shoot 37.8 percent from the field overall, 26.2 percent from 3-point range and 71.7 percent from the free throw line.
•Junior guard Mariah Ruff leads St. Bonaventure in scoring (14.5 ppg), 3-point field goals (33) and assists (4.1 apg).
•Senior forward Gabby Richmond averages 11.3 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds.
•Junior forward Matea Britvar contributes 8.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
UP NEXT•The Billikens host Dayton Sunday, Jan. 15. The game begins at 11 a.m. and will be televised on ESPNU.