SAINT LOUIS at TULSA
Thursday, December 15, 2016 :: 7 p.m. :: Tulsa, Oklahoma (Reynolds Center)
BILLIKENS RETURN TO ACTION IN TULSA
•Following a nine-day break from competition, the Saint Louis Billikens (7-2) hit the road to take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (3-7) Thursday, Dec. 15. Game time at the Reynolds Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is 7 p.m.•Both teams are trying to return to the win column following losses. The Billikens fell 70-67 to Indiana State Dec. 6, while the Golden Hurricane dropped an 85-68 decision at nationally ranked Oklahoma Dec. 11.
LAST TIME OUT
•Indiana State overcame an early double-digit deficit and held off a late Saint Louis rally to defeat the Billikens 70-67 Dec. 6 at Chaifetz Arena. Click here to read the recap.
FOLLOWING THE BILLIKENS
•There will be a free audio stream of Thursday’s game. Jeff Vernetti handles the play-by-play.
•In addition, Tulsa is providing a video stream (fee required) and 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 A-10 in scoring offense (75.0 ppg), field goal percentage (.460), assists (18.8 apg), assist-turnover ratio (1.47:1), defensive rebounding (31.6 drpg) and scoring margin (+17.0 ppg).
•SLU is second in the league in scoring defense (58.0 ppg), field goal percentage defense (.348), rebounding margin (+8.2 rpg), fewest turnovers (12.8 tpg), free throw percentage (.757) and free throws made (14.6/game).
•Three players own double-digit scoring averages, led by Jackie Kemph (14.6 ppg). Sadie Stipanovich tosses in 13.1 points per game, followed by Jordyn Frantz (12.2 ppg).
•Olivia Jakubicek hauls in a team-high 7.8 rebounds per game, followed by Stipanovich with 7.3 rpg.
•Kemph dishes out a team-high 7.4 assists per game, followed by Frantz with 2.9 apg.
•Frantz leads the Billikens with 16 3-pointers, followed closely by Jenny Vliet with 15 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 575-300 record in her 31st year as a collegiate head coach. Stone is 72-63 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: TULSA
•Click here for Tulsa’s complete statistics.
•The Golden Hurricane returned two starters and six additional letter winners from last year’s team that finished 12-19 overall and 8-10 (sixth place) in the American Athletic Conference.
•Tulsa scores 66.2 points and allows an average of 71.7 points per game. The Golden Hurricane shoot 40.6 percent from the field overall, 38 percent from 3-point range – ranking second in the AAC with 7.6 treys per game – and 73.8 percent from the free throw line.
•Junior guard Erika Wakefield (12.2 ppg), freshman forward Kendrian Elliott (10.7 ppg) and sophomore guard Tatyana Perez (10.0 ppg) are Tulsa’s top offensive threats.
•Elliott pulls down a team-high 6.4 rebounds per game.•Perez leads the Golden Hurricane with 22 3-pointers and shoots 41.5 percent from beyond the arc. Wakefield tops the Tulsa charts in assists (3.3 apg) and steals (1.3 spg).
•The Billikens welcome Washington State of the Pac-12 Conference to Chaifetz Arena Sunday, Dec. 18. Game time is 2 p.m.•SLU plays its final nonconference home game of the season Wednesday, Dec. 21, against intrastate rival Missouri. Tip time is 7 p.m.