SAINT LOUIS at LIPSCOMB
Thursday, December 29, 2016 :: 6:30 p.m. :: Nashville, Tennessee (Allen Arena)
BILLIKENS AIM FOR 10TH WIN IN NONCONFERENCE FINALE
•The Saint Louis Billikens (9-3) play their final nonconference game of the season Thursday, Dec. 29, against the Lipscomb Lady Bisons (3-10) of the Atlantic Sun Conference. Tip time at Allen Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, is 6:30 p.m.•Both teams have captured two consecutive victories. Most recently, Saint Louis conquered Missouri 72-61 Dec. 21, while Lipscomb was a 71-69 winner in overtime vs. Tennessee Tech the same day.
LAST TIME OUT
•Saint Louis rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit to topple Missouri 72-61 Dec. 21 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.
•The game will be video streamed on the WatchESPN/ESPN3 platform. Click here for instructions on how to access the stream.
•Free live statistics also will be provided.•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 (73.7 ppg), field goal percentage (.448), assists (18.2 apg), assist-turnover ratio (1.41:1), fewest turnovers (12.9 tpg), defensive rebounding (31.3 drpg) and scoring margin (+13.4 ppg).
•The Billikens are second in free throw percentage (.758) and rebounding margin (+7.1 rpg).
•Three players own double-digit scoring averages, led by Jackie Kemph (15.0 ppg). Sadie Stipanovich tosses in 13.6 points per game, followed by Jordyn Frantz (11.6 ppg).
•Stipanovich hauls in a team-high 8.3 rebounds per game, followed by Olivia Jakubicek with 7.6 rpg.
•Kemph dishes out a team-high 7.8 assists per game, followed by Frantz with 2.7 apg.
•Frantz has a team-high 21 3-pointers, followed by Jenny Vliet with 19.•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 577-301 record in her 31st year as a collegiate head coach. Stone is 74-64 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: LIPSCOMB
•Click here for Lipscomb’s complete statistics.
•Lipscomb scores 55.7 points per game and allows 76.6 points per game. The Lady Bisons shoot 36.2 percent from the field overall, 28.8 percent from 3-point range and 62.6 percent from the free throw line.
•Saint Louis and Lipscomb have one common opponent this season, Southeast Missouri State. The Billikens defeated the Redhawks 89-50, while the Lady Bisons fell 79-63 to SEMO.
•Redshirt-junior forward Alex Banks leads the team in scoring (11.8 ppg) and rebounding (5.8 rpg).
•Sophomore guard Loren Cagle averages 9.3 points and 4.2 rebounds. Cagle leads Lipscomb in assists (4.8 apg) and steals (1.5 spg).
•Junior guard Meredith Lovelady averages 8.4 points and has a team-high 27 3-pointers.
UP NEXT•The Billikens open Atlantic 10 Conference play Saturday, Dec. 31, at Davidson. Game time is 10 a.m. (CT).