MISSOURI at SAINT LOUIS
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 :: 7 p.m. (CT) :: St. Louis, Missouri (Chaifetz Arena)
IN-STATE RIVALS SQUARE OFF WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT CHAIFETZ ARENA
•Playing a second consecutive opponent from a Power 5 conference, the Saint Louis Billikens (8-3) welcome the Missouri Tigers (10-3) of the SEC to Chaifetz Arena Wednesday, Dec. 21. Game time is 7 p.m.
•The Billikens are coming off a 73-70 home victory over Washington State Dec. 18. Missouri captured a fourth straight win, 68-62 over UC Riverside, Dec. 19.
LAST TIME OUT
•Five Saint Louis players scored in double figures, and the Billikens overcame a late Washington State rally to post a 73-70 victory over the Cougars Sunday afternoon at Chaifetz Arena. Click here to read the recap.
FREE CRAFT BEER TASTING PRIOR TO TIPOFF•Lohr Distributing will host a free craft beer tasting in Chaifetz Pavilion from 5:30-7 p.m. The event is open to adults 21 and older with a valid ID.
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 (73.8 ppg), field goal percentage (.452), assists (18.2 apg), assist-turnover ratio (1.40:1), fewest turnovers (13.0 tpg), defensive rebounding (32.0 drpg) and scoring margin (+13.6 ppg).
•The Billikens are second in free throw percentage (.761), free throws made (14.5/game) and rebounding margin (+8.0 rpg).
•Three players own double-digit scoring averages, led by Jackie Kemph (14.7 ppg). Sadie Stipanovich tosses in 13.4 points per game, followed by Jordyn Frantz (11.9 ppg).
•Stipanovich hauls in a team-high 8.5 rebounds per game, followed by Olivia Jakubicek with 7.7 rpg.
•Kemph dishes out a team-high 7.8 assists per game, followed by Frantz with 2.7 apg.
•Frantz and Jenny Vliet are tied for the team lead with 19 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 576-301 record in her 31st year as a collegiate head coach. Stone is 73-64 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: MISSOURI
•Click here for Missouri's complete statistics.
•The Tigers returned four starters and four additional letter winners from last year’s team that finished 22-10 overall, tied for seventh in the SEC (8-8) and reached the NCAA Championship second round.
•Among the returning players are sophomore guard Sophie Cunningham, the 2015-16 SEC Freshman of the Year and a second-team All-Conference selection; senior forward Jordan Frericks, a second-team All-SEC choice; and sophomore forward Cierra Porter, who joined Cunningham on the SEC All-Freshman team.
•Missouri scores 66.5 points per game and allows 60.1 points per game. The Tigers shoot 41.3 percent from the field overall, 29.9 percent from 3-point range and 78.9 percent from the free throw line, making more free throws (210) than their opponents have attempted (202). Missouri is +7.3 in rebounding margin.
•Cunningham and Porter are battling for the team scoring lead with averages of 15.6 and 15.3 points, respectively. Senior guard Sierra Michaelis tosses in 12.2 points per game.
•Porter is Mizzou’s leading rebounder with 9.2 caroms per game, including 4.0 per contest on the offensive glass. Cunningham averages a team-high 4.3 assists.
UP NEXT•SLU concludes its nonconference schedule Thursday, Dec. 29, at Lipscomb in Nashville, Tennessee. Game time is 6:30 p.m.