SAINT LOUIS at DAVIDSON
Saturday, December 31, 2016 :: 10 a.m. (CT) :: Davidson, North Carolina (Belk Arena)
BILLIKENS BEGIN DEFENSE OF A-10 REGULAR-SEASON TITLE
•The Saint Louis Billikens (10-3) bring a three-game winning streak into their Atlantic 10 Conference opener Saturday, Dec. 31, at Davidson (2-10). Tip time at Belk Arena in Davidson, North Carolina, is 10 a.m. (CT).•An 83-38 win at Lipscomb Thursday night gave Saint Louis a 10-3 nonconference record for a second consecutive season. Meanwhile, Davidson dropped a 67-60 home decision to Mercer in its nonconference finale.
LAST TIME OUT
•The Billikens scored the first 11 points of the game and cruised to an 83-38 win at Lipscomb Thursday night. Click here to read the recap.
FOLLOWING THE BILLIKENS
•There will be a free audio stream of Saturday’s game. Jeff Vernetti handles the play-by-play.
•Davidson will provide a live video stream 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.
•Saint Louis leads the A-10 in scoring offense (74.4 ppg), field goal percentage (.449), free throws made (15.3/game), field goal percentage defense (.353), assists (17.8 apg), assist-turnover ratio (1.36:1), fewest turnovers (13.2 tpg), defensive rebounding (31.6 drpg) and scoring margin (+15.9 ppg).
•The Billikens are second in rebounding margin (+8.0 rpg), 3-point field goals (6.6/game), 3-point field goal percentage (.337) and free throw attempts (20.5/game).
•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 (12.1 ppg).
•Stipanovich hauls in a team-high 8.2 rebounds per game, followed by Olivia Jakubicek with 7.4 rpg.
•Kemph dishes out a team-high 7.5 assists per game, followed by Frantz with 2.7 apg.
•Frantz has a team-high 25 3-pointers, followed by Jenny Vliet with 20.•Frantz averages a team-high 1.5 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 578-301 record in her 31st year as a collegiate head coach. Stone is 75-64 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: DAVIDSON
•Click here for Davidson’s complete statistics.
•Davidson scores 56.7 points per game and allows 69.1 points per game. The Wildcats shoot 35.6 percent from the field overall, 25.2 percent from 3-point range and 58.7 percent from the free throw line.
•Junior forward Mackenzie Latt leads Davidson in scoring (14.8 ppg), rebounding (7.9 rpg) and steals (1.6 spg).
•Sophomore guard Justine Lyon contributes 10.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
•Sophomore guard Kianna Speight has a team-high 15 3-pointers and averages 10.4 points.•Junior guard Chloe Johnson has a team-best 3.9 assists average.
UP NEXT•The Billikens play their A-10 home opener Wednesday, Jan. 4, vs. George Mason. Game time at Chaifetz Arena is 7 p.m.