MORGAN STATE at SAINT LOUIS
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 :: 2 p.m. (CT) :: St. Louis, Missouri (Chaifetz Arena)
BILLIKENS LOOK TO STAY UNDEFEATED IN CLASH WITH MORGAN STATE
•Before taking a short Thanksgiving break, the Saint Louis Billikens (4-0) welcome the Morgan State Lady Bears (1-1) of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference to Chaifetz Arena Wednesday afternoon. The game tips at 2 p.m.
•Saint Louis again received votes in this week’s ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and Associated Press poll.
•The Billikens claimed a fourth straight victory to begin the season Sunday afternoon, defeating Bradley 68-58 in Peoria, Illinois.
•Morgan State, located in Baltimore, Maryland, broke into the win column with a 79-28 victory over Washington Adventist last Thursday.
LAST TIME OUT
•Saint Louis used a 16-2 second-quarter run to take command, and the Billikens went on to record a 68-58 win at Bradley Nov. 20. Click here to read the recap.
•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.
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
•Click here to see Saint Louis’ complete statistics.
•Four players own double-digit scoring averages, led by Jackie Kemph (19.8 ppg). Jordyn Frantz tosses in 14.8 points per game, followed by Sadie Stipanovich (14.0 ppg) and Maddison Gits (10.0 ppg).
•Stipanovich hauls in team highs of 9.3 rebounds and 4.5 offensive rebounds per game. Olivia Jakubicek averages 8.0 rebounds and 2.8 offensive boards.
•Kemph dishes out a team-high 7.3 assists per game, followed by Frantz with 4.5 apg.
•Kemph and Frantz lead the Billikens with eight and seven 3-pointers, respectively.
•Frantz averages a team-high 2.3 steals.
•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 College Sports Madness Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week for a second consecutive week. 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 572-298 record in her 31st year as a collegiate head coach. Stone is 69-61 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: MORGAN STATE
•Click here for Morgan State’s complete statistics.
•Four starters and three additional letter winners returned from Morgan State’s 2015-16 team that was 13-17 overall and 10-6 (fifth) in the MEAC.
•Junior forward/center Lexus Spears (15.0 ppg), junior forward Tykyrah Williams (14.0 ppg) and junior guard Braennan Farrar (14.0 ppg) top the Lady Bears’ scoring chart.
•Williams grabs a team-high 10.0 rebounds per game, while junior guard Zuri White averages 5.0 offensive boards.
•Farrar, a second-team All-Conference selection a year ago, leads the team in assists (5.0 apg), steals (4.5 spg) and 3-pointers (five).
•Saint Louis is at Little Rock Saturday, Nov. 26, in a rematch of last year’s WNIT first-round game played at Chaifetz Arena. Tip time at the Stephens Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, is 3 p.m.