SAINT LOUIS vs. IUPUI
WNIT First Round
Thursday, March 16, 2017 :: 7 p.m. (CDT) :: St. Louis, Missouri (Chaifetz Arena)
SAINT LOUIS BEGINS SECOND STRAIGHT POSTSEASON APPEARANCE
•Making its third Women's National Invitation Tournament appearance overall and second in as many years, Saint Louis (24-8) hosts IUPUI (24-8) of the Summit League in a first-round game Thursday, March 16. Tip time at Chaifetz Arena is 7 p.m.
•Saint Louis tied for third place (12-4) in the Atlantic 10 Conference and was eliminated in the A-10 Championship semifinals. IUPUI, located in Indianapolis, tied for second place (12-4) in the Summit League and lost in overtime in the conference tournament title game. The Jaguars' 24 wins are a school record.
•The Billikens and Jaguars advanced to the third and second rounds, respectively, of the 2016 WNIT. SLU has a 2-2 record in WNIT play, while IUPUI – making its fourth WNIT appearance, all coming in the last five seasons – is 2-3. The Jaguars also reached the second round in 2014.
•SLU owns a 2-0 series edge over IUPUI. The Billikens defeated the Jaguars in the 1998-99 and 2000-01 seasons.
•The winner of the SLU-IUPUI game faces the winner of Thursday night's Indiana-Ball State game that is being played in Bloomington, Indiana. The site, date and time of the second-round game will be announced moments after the conclusion of the SLU-IUPUI contest.
WNIT FIRST-ROUND TICKETS
•Tickets for Thursday's game can be purchased at the gate, by phone at (314) 977-4SLU, or online by clicking here.
•Ticket prices are $12 for reserved seats, $10 for adult general admission and $5 for youth 18 and under.
•Students with a valid SLU ID card receive free admission Thursday night.
FOLLOWING THE BILLIKENS
•Thursday night's game will be video streamed free of charge on the Atlantic 10 Digital Network. Jeff Vernetti handles play-by-play duties.
•Live statistics also are provided for Thursday's game.
•The links are located on the home page of www.SLUBillikens.com, in the schedule section just below the lead stories, as well as on the women's basketball schedule/results page. They also are listed at the top of this page.
BILLIKENS AND JAGUARS BY THE NUMBERS
BILLIKENS, JAGUARS EARN POSTSEASON HONORS
•Saint Louis junior guard Jackie Kemph was selected A-10 Player of the Year for a second consecutive season and was joined on the All-Conference first team by senior center Sadie Stipanovich.
•IUPUI junior guard Danielle Lawrence was named first-team All-Summit League for a second straight year. Senior center Mikale Rogers collected second-team All-Conference plaudits, while sophomore guard Sydney Hall earned honorable mention.
SLU, IUPUI IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICAL RANKINGS
•Saint Louis ranks among the top 50 in the nation in several categories including assist-turnover ratio (third, 1.53:1), assists (eighth, 18.7 apg), fewest turnovers (14th, 12.2 tpg) and scoring offense (30th, 74.1 ppg). Junior guard Jackie Kemph is fifth with 7.5 assists per game.
•IUPUI's most notable national ranking is seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (.386). The Jaguars are 19th in free throw percentage (.764) and 31st in scoring defense (57.1 ppg). Sophomore guard Sydney Hall ranks seventh in 3-point accuracy, shooting 45.7 percent.
A-10, SUMMIT WELL REPRESENTED IN WNIT
•Together, the Atlantic 10 Conference and the Summit League contributed one-eighth of the 64-team WNIT field.
•The A-10 and the Mid-American Conference tied for the most participants (five). George Washington, Saint Joseph's, Fordham and Duquesne join Saint Louis from the A-10. Defending WNIT champion South Dakota and South Dakota State also represent the Summit League.
•The Big Ten Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference have four teams apiece in the tournament.