WASHINGTON STATE at SAINT LOUIS
Sunday, December 18, 2016 :: 2 p.m. (CT) :: St. Louis, Missouri (Chaifetz Arena)
PAC-12 MEMBER COMES TO CHAIFETZ ARENA SUNDAY
•The Saint Louis Billikens (7-3) will try to snap a two-game skid Sunday, Dec. 18, when they host the Washington State Cougars (5-4) at Chaifetz Arena. Tip time is 2 p.m.•The Billikens dropped a 70-64 decision at Tulsa Dec. 15. Washington State’s most recent outing was a 79-61 loss at Gonzaga Dec. 8.
LAST TIME OUT
•Jackie Kemph and Sadie Stipanovich combined for 33 points, but hot 3-point shooting lifted Tulsa to a 70-64 victory over Saint Louis Thursday night at the Reynolds Center. 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.
•Saint Louis leads the A-10 in scoring offense (73.9 ppg), field goal percentage (.453), assists (18.1 apg), assist-turnover ratio (1.43:1), defensive rebounding (32.1 drpg) and scoring margin (+14.7 ppg).
•The Billikens are second in free throw percentage (.751), rebounding margin (+8.7 rpg) and fewest turnovers (12.7 tpg).
•Three players own double-digit scoring averages, led by Jackie Kemph (14.9 ppg). Sadie Stipanovich tosses in 13.3 points per game, followed by Jordyn Frantz (11.7 ppg).
•Olivia Jakubicek hauls in a team-high 7.9 rebounds per game, followed by Stipanovich with 7.8 rpg.
•Kemph dishes out a team-high 7.4 assists per game, followed by Frantz with 2.7 apg.
•Frantz and Jenny Vliet are tied for the team lead with 17 3-pointers apiece.•Frantz averages a team-high 1.6 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 575-301 record in her 31st year as a collegiate head coach. Stone is 72-64 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: WASHINGTON STATE
•Click here for Washington State’s complete statistics.
•The Cougars returned four starters and five additional letter winners from last year’s team that finished 14-16 overall and 5-13 (ninth place) in the Pac-12.
•Among the returning players are sophomore forward Borislava Hristova, who earned an All-Conference honorable mention and a spot on the Pac-12 All-Freshman team, and junior guard Caila Hailey, a Pac-12 All-Defensive honorable mention.
•Washington State scores 76.3 points per game and allows 66.8 points per game. The Cougars are +4.1 in rebounding margin.
•Hristova averages a team-high 14.7 points, followed by junior forward Louise Brown (10.4 ppg) and freshman guard Chanelle Molina (9.7 ppg).•Brown pulls down a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game. Other leaders are Molina (3.6 assists), Hailey (2.4 steals) and sophomore center Maria Kostourkova (1.9 blocks).
•SLU plays its final nonconference home game of the season Wednesday, Dec. 21, against intrastate rival Missouri. Tip time is 7 p.m.