SAINT LOUIS at LITTLE ROCK
Saturday, November 26, 2016 :: 3 p.m. :: Little Rock, Arkansas (Stephens Center)
BILLIKENS, TROJANS SQUARE OFF AGAIN
•In a rematch of last season’s WNIT first-round game, the Saint Louis Billikens (5-0) clash with the Little Rock Trojans (1-4) Saturday, Nov. 26. Game time at the Stephens Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, is 3 p.m.
•Saint Louis again received votes in this week’s ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and Associated Press poll.
•In addition, the Billikens are No. 6 in the most recent ESPN mid-major national rankings.
•The Billikens are coming off a 71-43 victory over Morgan State Wednesday afternoon at Chaifetz Arena.
•Little Rock lost for a fourth consecutive time Wednesday, falling 55-37 to No. 25 Texas A&M.
LAST TIME OUT
•Saint Louis shot a school-record-tying 60 percent from the field and breezed past Morgan State 71-43 Wednesday afternoon at Chaifetz Arena. Click here to read the recap.
FOLLOWING THE BILLIKENS
•There will be no Saint Louis audio stream of Saturday’s game.
•However, Little Rock will offer a video stream (fee required) and audio stream (free), as well as free live statistics.
•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.
•The Billikens lead the Atlantic 10 Conference in scoring offense (79.6 ppg), field goal percentage (.488), assists (20.0 apg), assist-turnover ratio (1.61:1), fewest turnovers (12.4 tpg) and scoring margin (+20.6 ppg).
•Four players own double-digit scoring averages, led by Jackie Kemph (18.8 ppg). Jordyn Frantz tosses in 14.6 points per game, followed by Sadie Stipanovich (13.2 ppg) and Maddison Gits (9.6 ppg). All four players shoot 50 percent or better from the field.
•Stipanovich hauls in team highs of 8.4 rebounds and 3.8 offensive rebounds per game. Olivia Jakubicek averages 7.0 rebounds and 2.2 offensive boards.
•Kemph dishes out a team-high 7.2 assists per game, followed by Frantz with 4.2 apg.
•Kemph and Jenny Vliet lead the Billikens with eight 3-pointers apiece.
•Frantz averages a team-high 2.2 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 573-298 record in her 31st year as a collegiate head coach. Stone is 70-61 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: LITTLE ROCK
•Click here for Little Rock’s complete statistics.
•The Trojans finished 20-13 overall and 16-4 (second place) in the Sun Belt Conference a year ago. They were edged by one point in the SBC Championship title game.
•Senior guard Sharde Collins (team-high seven 3-pointers, 12.0 ppg), senior forward Kaitlyn Pratt (10.8 ppg) and junior guard Monique Townson (9.0 ppg) are Little Rock’s leading scorers.
•Pratt pulls down team highs of 6.0 rebounds and 2.8 offensive rebounds per game. She also leads the team in steals (1.6 spg).
•Townson leads the team in assists (3.0 apg).
•Another road game is on tap for Saint Louis as the Billikens play Southeast Missouri State Tuesday, Nov. 29. Tip time at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau is 6:30 p.m.