EASTERN KENTUCKY at SAINT LOUIS
Saturday, December 3, 2016 :: 2 p.m. (CT) :: St. Louis, Missouri (Chaifetz Arena)
EASTERN KENTUCKY PAYS FIRST VISIT TO SAINT LOUIS
•After playing five of their first seven games on the road, the Saint Louis Billikens (6-1) are on the Chaifetz Arena hardwood for four of their next five games. That stretch begins Saturday, Dec. 3, when SLU takes on Eastern Kentucky (2-4) of the Ohio Valley Conference at 2 p.m.
•Saint Louis is No. 6 in the most recent ESPN mid-major national rankings.
•The Billikens are coming off a dominant performance that led to an 89-50 win at Southeast Missouri State Nov. 29.
•The Colonels fell 90-63 to Western Kentucky Nov. 30.
LAST TIME OUT
•Saint Louis dominated from start to finish and improved to 6-1 with an 89-50 victory over Southeast Missouri State Tuesday night at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau. Click here to read the recap.
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.
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
•Click here to see Saint Louis’ complete statistics.
•The Billikens lead the A-10 in scoring offense (75.7 ppg), field goal percentage (.471), assists (19.1 apg), assist-turnover ratio (1.61:1), fewest turnovers (11.9 tpg) and scoring margin (+18.4 ppg).
•Three players own double-digit scoring averages, led by Jackie Kemph (15.6 ppg). Jordyn Frantz tosses in 14.1 points per game, followed by Sadie Stipanovich (12.3 ppg).
•Stipanovich hauls in team highs of 7.3 rebounds and 2.9 offensive rebounds per game. Olivia Jakubicek averages 6.7 rebounds.
•Kemph dishes out a team-high 7.1 assists per game, followed by Frantz with 3.3 apg.
•Frantz leads the Billikens with 13 3-pointers, followed by Jenny Vliet with 11 treys.
•Frantz averages a team-high 1.9 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 TO NAISMITH TROPHY WATCH LIST
•Jackie Kemph is one of 50 players included on the watch list for the Naismith Trophy, presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to the player of the year in women's college basketball. 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 574-299 record in her 31st year as a collegiate head coach. Stone is 71-62 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: EASTERN KENTUCKY
•Click here for Eastern Kentucky’s complete statistics.
•The Colonels returned three starters and five additional letter winners from their 2015-16 team that finished 18-12 overall and 10-6 (fourth) in the Ohio Valley Conference. EKU was the OVC Championship runner-up.
•Senior guard Shavontae Naylor leads the Colonels in scoring (14.5 ppg) and is second in rebounding (7.0 rpg).
•Senior forward Jalen O’Bannon collects 12.8 points and a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game. O’Bannon averaged 17.2 points and 9.8 rebounds a year ago and made the All-Conference first team, the OVC All-Newcomer team and the OVC Championship All-Tournament team.
•Redshirt-senior guard Alexus Cooper tosses in 11.3 points per game for the Colonels, who score an average of 62.2 points and allow an average of 71.5 points.
•Senior guard Mariah Massengill leads the team with 3.7 assists per game while averaging 9.0 points.
•The Billikens welcome Indiana State to Chaifetz Arena Tuesday, Dec. 6, for a 7 p.m. tipoff.