BILLIKENS WELCOME LINDENWOOD FOR LONE EXHIBITION GAME
Saint Louis women’s basketball plays its only exhibition game of the season Friday, Nov. 3, when the Billikens host Lindenwood. Tip time at Chaifetz Arena is 7:30 p.m.
FREE VIDEO, AUDIO STREAMING FEATURED AGAIN THIS SEASON
• Friday’s exhibition will not be video streamed, but a free audio stream will be provided on www.SLUBillikens.com.
• Once again, all Saint Louis regular-season home games – except a nationally televised contest vs. Fordham (Jan. 31) – will be video streamed free of charge on www.SLUBillikens.com. Dan Bettlach handles play-by-play duties.
• In addition, all Billiken road contests will be audio streamed free of charge.
BILLIKENS TABBED FOR A-10 RUNNER-UP FINISH
• Saint Louis is the No. 2 pick in the Atlantic 10 Conference coaches’ preseason poll. The Billikens received three first-place votes.
• Defending regular-season co-champion and A-10 tournament champion Dayton is the preseason favorite. The Flyers received eight first-place nods. Saint Joseph’s (three first-place votes) is third, with Duquesne and Fordham rounding out the top five.
ABOUT THE BILLIKENS
• Saint Louis welcomes back 10 players from last year’s team that posted a 25-9 overall record, tied for third place (12-4) in the A-10 and reached the WNIT second round.
• The returning group includes senior guard Jackie Kemph, senior forward Jenny Vliet and junior guard Jordyn Frantz, all of whom started every game in 2016-17.
• Kemph is a preseason first-team All-Conference choice, while Frantz was selected to the third team.
• The roster is composed of one fifth-year senior, five seniors, one fourth-year junior, three juniors (including one ineligible transfer), one sophomore and three freshmen.
• Kemph earned A-10 Player of the Year accolades for a second consecutive season in 2016-17, averaging 14.1 points and finishing sixth in the nation in assists (7.3 apg). She is the NCAA Division I active career leader in assist average (6.68 apg) and the SLU career leader in assists (661). With 1,380 points, Kemph needs just 206 points to pass Sadie Stipanovich as the Billikens’ all-time leading scorer.
• Vliet turned in career bests in scoring (8.6 ppg), 3-pointers (60) and free throw percentage (.828) while averaging 4.7 rebounds.
• Frantz was SLU’s third-leading scorer, averaging 11.5 points on the strength of a team-high 70 treys. She also led the Billikens with 43 steals.
• Also among the returning players are senior forward Maddison Gits (5.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg); redshirt-junior guard Kerri McMahan (4.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg); senior guard Aaliyah Covington (3.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg); sophomore forward Kendra Wilken (1.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg); junior center Tara Dusharm (1.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg); redshirt-senior forward Paige Rakers (1.4 ppg, 0.6 rpg); and senior forward Shea Shipman (0.2 ppg, 0.1 rpg).
• Four newcomers dot the roster. They are freshman guards Tasia Jeffries, Ellie Taylor and Lauryn Hughes and junior center Amber Lindfors. Lindfors, who played two years at Valparaiso, will sit out this season due to NCAA transfer regulations.
HEAD COACH LISA STONE
• Lisa Stone is in her sixth season as the Billikens’ head coach. Stone begins the 2017-18 season (her 32nd as a head coach) with a 593-307 record, including a 90-70 mark in her first five campaigns at SLU.
• Her career record also includes eight seasons at Wisconsin (128-119), three seasons at Drake (64-27), 12 seasons at Wisconsin-Eau Claire (277-59) and three seasons at Cornell (Iowa) (34-32).
• Stone was named A-10 Coach of the Year and College Sports Madness High Major National Coach of the Year in 2016. She has earned eight conference Coach of the Year awards during her career.
• Twenty of Stone’s teams have competed in postseason play (14 NCAA tournaments, six WNIT appearances). She guided the 1996-97 and 1993-94 Wisconsin-Eau Claire teams to second place and third place, respectively, in the NCAA Division III Championship. Stone led Drake to the NCAA round of 16 in 2001-02 and Wisconsin to a WNIT runner-up finish in 2006-07.
• Lindenwood, located in St. Charles, Missouri, is a member of NCAA Division II and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.
• The Lions were 14-16 overall and 7-12 in the MIAA last season.
• Sophomore forward Kallie Bildner is Lindenwood’s top returning player. Bildner led the 2016-17 Lions in scoring (14.8 ppg), rebounding (9.2 rpg) and field goal percentage (.585) en route to earning MIAA Freshman of the Year plaudits.
• Sophomore forward Gabby Walker (10.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg) and sophomore guard Lindsay Medlen (9.7 ppg, team-high 3.6 assists per game) also return.
• Former Billiken assistant Tony Francis is in his eighth season as head coach. Francis guided Lindenwood to an upset of ninth-ranked Pittsburg State in last year’s MIAA Championship quarterfinals before the Lions dropped a two-point decision to 25th-ranked Central Oklahoma in the semifinals.
Saint Louis begins the regular season at Indiana State Friday, Nov. 10. Tip time in Terre Haute, Indiana, is 6 p.m. (CT). The home opener happens Monday, Nov. 13, vs. Loyola Marymount at 5 p.m.