Maryville at Saint Louis (Exhibition)
Friday, November 4, 2016 :: 4:30 p.m. :: St. Louis, Missouri (Chaifetz Arena)
BILLIKENS WELCOME MARYVILLE FOR LONE EXHIBITION GAME
•Saint Louis women’s basketball plays its only exhibition game Friday, Nov. 4, when the Billikens host Maryville. Tip time at Chaifetz Arena is 4:30 p.m.
•The game is the first part of a doubleheader. The SLU men’s team faces Greenville in a 7 p.m. exhibition. One ticket is good for both games.
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 nationally televised contests vs. St. Bonaventure (Jan. 11), Dayton (Jan. 15) and Saint Joseph’s (Feb. 5) – will be video streamed free of charge on www.SLUBillikens.com. Jeff Vernetti returns to handle play-by-play duties.
•In addition, all Billiken road contests will be audio streamed free of charge.
BILLIKENS PICKED TO WIN A-10 CROWN
•For the first time ever, Saint Louis is the preseason favorite to win a conference championship. The Billikens received nine first-place votes in the A-10 coaches’ preseason poll.
•Duquesne (three first-place votes) and Dayton tied for second in the poll, while George Washington (two first-place votes) and VCU round out the top five.
ABOUT THE BILLIKENS
•Saint Louis welcomes back 10 players from last year’s team that posted a school-record 26 victories (26-8), tied for the A-10 regular-season title and reached the WNIT third round.
•The returning group includes senior center Sadie Stipanovich and junior guards Jackie Kemph and Jenny Vliet, all of whom started every game in 2015-16.
•Kemph is a preseason first-team All-Conference choice, while Stipanovich was selected to the second team.
•The roster is composed of three seniors, one redshirt junior, five juniors, one redshirt sophomore, two sophomores and two freshmen.
•The 10 returnees accounted for 79 percent of the Billikens’ points and 72 percent of their rebounds in 2015-16.
•Kemph was an Associated Press honorable-mention All-American and the A-10 co-Player of the Year a season ago, when she led the Billikens in scoring (16.6 ppg) and finished third in the nation in assists (7.0 apg). She is on the preseason watch list for the Nancy Lieberman Award, presented to the top point guard in NCAA Division I women’s basketball.
•Stipanovich earned third-team All-Conference plaudits for a second consecutive season, averaging 11.7 points and a team-high 6.0 rebounds.
•Vliet averaged 6.5 points and 3.6 rebounds while pumping in a team-high 43 3-pointers.
•Also among the returning players are junior guard Aaliyah Covington (6.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg); junior forward Maddison Gits (6.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg); sophomore guard Jordyn Frantz (4.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg); and senior forward Olivia Jakubicek (3.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg).
HEAD COACH LISA STONE
•Lisa Stone is in her fifth season as the Billikens’ head coach.
•Stone begins the 2016-17 season (her 31st as a head coach) with a 568-298 record, including a 65-61 mark in her first four 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.
•Nineteen of Stone’s teams have competed in postseason play (14 NCAA tournaments, five 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.
•Maryville, located in St. Louis, is a member of NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
•The Saints were 11-14 overall and 5-13 in the GLVC West Division last season.
•Junior guard Ali Ringering was Maryville’s second-leading scorer (13.0 ppg) a year ago. Ringering was followed by sophomore guard Stephanie Sherwood (9.5 ppg) and senior forward Alex Wolf (8.2 ppg). Wolf was second on last year’s team with 7.1 rebounds per game.
•After spending three seasons as a men’s assistant coach at Maryville, Collin Lanam is in his first campaign guiding the Saints’ women’s program.
•Saint Louis begins the regular season next weekend with two games in California. The Billikens face UC Irvine Friday, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m. (CT) and Loyola Marymount Sunday, Nov. 13, at 4 p.m. (CT).