SAINT LOUIS at UC IRVINE
Friday, November 11, 2016 :: 4 p.m. (CT) :: Irvine, California (Bren Events Center)
BILLIKENS PLAY FIRST OF TWO IN CALIFORNIA FRIDAY AFTERNOON
•Defending Atlantic 10 Conference co-champion and A-10 preseason favorite Saint Louis is on the road for its 2016-17 debut Friday, Nov. 11. The Billikens take on UC Irvine in Irvine, California, with tipoff slated for 4 p.m. (CT).
•Friday’s game is the first of two contests for SLU on the West Coast. The Bills play at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles Sunday at 4 p.m. (CT).
FOLLOWING THE BILLIKENS
•Once again this season, all Saint Louis women’s basketball road games will be audio streamed free of charge on SLU’s official athletics website, www.SLUBillikens.com. Jeff Vernetti returns to handle play-by-play duties.
•Also, UC Irvine is providing a free live video stream and live statistics.
•All three 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.
LISA STONE'S SEASON PREVIEW VIDEO
•Recently, SLU head coach Lisa Stone sat down with Chaifetz Arena public address announcer Brian Kelly to talk about the 2016-17 season. Click here to watch the interview.
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
•Saint Louis is in its 42nd season of women's basketball.
•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.
•Seven opponents on the Billikens’ 29-game schedule competed in postseason play a year ago, and six of those seven teams produced 20 or more wins. Click here for more information on the SLU schedule.
•SLU enjoyed the best season in program history in 2015-16. The Billikens posted a school-record 26 wins (26-8), captured a share of their first-ever conference championship and reached the WNIT third round.
•Saint Louis welcomes back 10 players from last year’s team. That group includes senior center Sadie Stipanovich and junior guards Jackie Kemph and Jenny Vliet, all of whom started every game in 2015-16.
•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. Click here for SLU’s final 2015-16 statistics.
•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 568-298 record as she begins her 31st year as a collegiate head coach. Stone is 65-61 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).
TODAY’S OPPONENT: UC IRVINE
•UC Irvine is a member of the Big West Conference. The Anteaters were 4-27 overall and 1-15 (tied for eighth) in league play a year ago.
•Three starters and five additional letter winners return for first-year head coach Tamara Inoue.
•The Billikens defeated Maryville 69-41 in their only exhibition game of the season. Click here to read the recap.