INDIANA STATE at SAINT LOUIS
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 :: 7 p.m. (CT) :: St. Louis, Missouri (Chaifetz Arena)
BILLIKENS TAKE ON INDIANA STATE BEFORE TAKING ON FINALS
•Playing their last game before taking final exams, the Saint Louis Billikens (7-1) welcome the Indiana State Sycamores (4-4) of the Missouri Valley Conference to Chaifetz Arena Tuesday, Dec. 6. The game tips at 7 p.m.
•Saint Louis is No. 6 in the most recent ESPN mid-major national rankings.•Both teams are coming off Saturday victories. The Billikens rolled past Eastern Kentucky 78-51 at Chaifetz Arena. The Sycamores, who play eight of their 11 nonconference games on the road, won at Miami (Ohio) 62-54 for their second consecutive road triumph.
LAST TIME OUT
•Saint Louis scored the first 15 points of the game and breezed to a 78-51 victory over Eastern Kentucky Saturday at Chaifetz Arena. 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 (76.0 ppg), field goal percentage (.482), assists (19.3 apg), assist-turnover ratio (1.48:1), 3-point field goal percentage (.331), defensive rebounding (32.6 drpg) and scoring margin (+19.5 ppg). SLU is tied for first in 3-point field goals (6.4/game).
•Three players own double-digit scoring averages, led by Jackie Kemph (15.9 ppg). Jordyn Frantz tosses in 13.1 points per game, followed by Sadie Stipanovich (12.3 ppg).
•Stipanovich and Olivia Jakubicek are tied for the team lead with 7.1 rebounds per game.
•Kemph dishes out a team-high 7.0 assists per game, followed by Frantz with 3.1 apg.
•Frantz leads the Billikens with 15 3-pointers, followed by Jenny Vliet with 13 treys.•Frantz averages a team-high 1.8 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.HEAD COACH LISA STONE
•Fifth-year head coach Lisa Stone, the 2015-16 A-10 Coach of the Year, owns a 575-299 record in her 31st year as a collegiate head coach. Stone is 72-62 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: INDIANA STATE
•Click here for Indiana State’s complete statistics.
•The Sycamores were 13-17 overall and 9-9 (sixth place) in the Missouri Valley Conference a year ago.
•ISU averages 58.2 points and allows an average of 59.0 points per game.
•Junior forward Ashley Taia leads the Sycamores with 12.0 points per game, 17 treys and 13 steals.
•Junior forward Wendi Bibbins shoots a team-best 54 percent from the field, scores 10.4 points per game and averages a team-high 8.0 rebounds.•Senior forward Rhagen Smith contributes 8.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
•The Billikens return to action Thursday, Dec. 15, at Tulsa. Game time is 7 p.m.