ST. LOUIS – The Saint Louis University women’s basketball team begins full-scale practices for the 2017-18 season Monday, Oct. 2, at noon.
Sixth-year head coach Lisa Stone welcomes back three starters and seven additional players from last year’s team. Three freshmen and one non-eligible transfer round out the 14-player roster.
The 2016-17 Billikens produced a second consecutive season of at least 25 wins (25-9), giving the program 51 victories over the past two seasons – the most of any Atlantic 10 Conference basketball program, women or men, during that period. SLU tied for third place in the A-10 and advanced to the second round in its second consecutive Women’s National Invitation Tournament appearance.
Saint Louis set school records for 3-point field goals (231) and assists (627) for a third consecutive season in 2016-17. The Billikens registered the second-best marks in team history in scoring average (73.1 ppg) and field goal percentage (.440). SLU ranked among the top 40 teams in NCAA Division I in six statistical categories.
Point guard Jackie Kemph is back for her senior campaign after earning A-10 Player of the Year accolades for a second consecutive season. Kemph averaged a team-high 14.9 points and finished sixth in the nation with 7.3 assists per game (school-record 248 assists). She set Saint Louis’ career assists record (661) last year and needs just 206 points to break the Bills’ career points record.
Junior guard Jordyn Frantz (11.5 ppg, team highs of 70 3-pointers and 43 steals) and senior forward Jenny Vliet (8.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 60 3-pointers) also return from last year’s starting lineup.
Saint Louis welcomes Lindenwood to Chaifetz Arena for an exhibition game Nov. 3 before opening the regular season at Indiana State Nov. 10. The Billikens host Loyola Marymount in the home opener Nov. 13.