SIUE at SAINT LOUIS
Thursday, November 17, 2016 :: 4:30 p.m. (CT) :: St. Louis, Missouri (Chaifetz Arena)
BILLIKENS MAKE REGULAR-SEASON HOME DEBUT THURSDAY
•After claiming two road victories on opening weekend, Saint Louis (2-0) looks to begin building another successful home campaign Thursday, Nov. 17, when the Billikens host SIUE (0-2). Tip time at Chaifetz Arena is 4:30 p.m.
•SLU was 14-2 on the Chaifetz Arena hardwood a year ago, setting a program record for home wins.
•Saint Louis received votes in this week’s ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and Associated Press poll.
•The Billikens defeated UC Irvine 79-69 and Loyola Marymount 90-76 in Southern California last weekend. SIUE also spent opening weekend on the road, falling 75-68 to South Dakota and 82-49 to South Dakota State.
•The SLU-SIUE game is part of a doubleheader with the Billiken men’s team, which hosts Eastern Illinois at 7 p.m.
2015-16 ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO BE RECOGNIZED THURSDAY
•The accomplishments of the 2015-16 Billikens will be recognized prior to Thursday’s game and at halftime of the SLU men’s game later that evening.
•The Billikens’ Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season championship and WNIT banners will be spotlighted during a ceremony before tipoff.
•Also, the first 500 fans to enter Chaifetz Arena will receive a Billikens 2015-16 A-10 championship ring magnet.
•Later, the team will be honored at halftime of the men’s game that begins at 7 p.m.
•The 2015-16 Billikens enjoyed the most successful season in program history. Saint Louis collected a school-record 26 victories (26-8), won a share of the program’s first conference title and reached the third round of the WNIT.
TICKETS AT CHAIFETZ ARENA
•Tickets for all women’s basketball home games at Chaifetz Arena can be purchased at the gate, by phone at (314) 977-4SLU, or online at www.SLUBillikens.com.
•Single-game tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth 18 and under.
•Groups of 20 or more receive discounted tickets for $4 apiece.
•Students with a valid SLU ID card receive free admission.
FOLLOWING THE BILLIKENS
•Once again this season, all Saint Louis women’s basketball home games – with the exception of 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 SLU’s official athletics website, www.SLUBillikens.com. Jeff Vernetti handles play-by-play duties.
•Live statistics also are provided for every home 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.
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
•Click here to see Saint Louis’ complete statistics.
•Four players own double-digit scoring averages, led by Jackie Kemph (22.5 ppg). Jordyn Frantz tosses in 18.0 points per game, followed by Sadie Stipanovich (13.0 ppg) and Maddison Gits (10.5 ppg).
•Stipanovich hauls in team highs of 11.5 rebounds and 6.5 offensive rebounds per game. Olivia Jakubicek averages 7.0 rebounds.
•Kemph dishes out a team-high 9.0 assists per game and also leads the Billikens with seven 3-pointers.
•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.
•Jackie Kemph was selected to the A-10 preseason All-Conference first team, while Sadie Stipanovich earned a second-team nod.
KEMPH NAMED A-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
•Jackie Kemph was named Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week for her role in the Billikens’ season-opening wins at UC Irvine and Loyola Marymount. Click here for more details.
HEAD COACH LISA STONE
•Fifth-year head coach Lisa Stone, the 2015-16 A-10 Coach of the Year, owns a 570-298 record in her 31st year as a collegiate head coach. Stone is 67-61 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).
•Click here to read Stone’s complete bio.
SCOUTING REPORT: SIUE
•Click here to see SIUE’s complete statistics.
•SIUE is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference. Last season, the Cougars finished third in the OVC with a 12-4 record and posted an 18-13 overall mark.
•A pair of guards, redshirt junior Lauren White and redshirt sophomore Nakiah Bell, top the SIUE scoring chart with 13.5 points per game. Bell also leads the team in assists (3.5 apg) and 3-point field goals (seven).
•Junior guard Donshel Beck averages 8.0 points and a team-high 7.5 rebounds. Beck’s rebounding mark includes 4.0 offensive boards per game.
LAST TIME OUT
•Powered by double-doubles from Jackie Kemph and Sadie Stipanovich, the Billikens came from behind to defeat Loyola Marymount 90-76 Nov. 13. Click here to read the recap.
•Saint Louis travels to Peoria, Illinois, to meet Bradley Sunday, Nov. 20. Game time is 2 p.m.