DAYTON at SAINT LOUIS
Sunday, January 15, 2017 :: 11 a.m. (CT) :: St. Louis, Missouri (Chaifetz Arena)
BILLIKENS, FLYERS SQUARE OFF SUNDAY ON ESPNU
•Two of the hottest teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference meet at Chaifetz Arena Sunday, Jan. 15, as the Saint Louis Billikens (14-3, 4-0 Atlantic 10) host the Dayton Flyers (10-7, 4-1). Tip time is 11 a.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU and also will be available online through WatchESPN.
•The Billikens have captured seven consecutive victories, while the Flyers have won four straight and seven of their last eight.
•The Billikens are ranked No. 4 in the most recent (Jan. 4) ESPNW national mid-major poll. They also received votes in this week’s USA Today Coaches Poll.
•SLU is coming off a 64-49 win over St. Bonaventure Wednesday at Chaifetz Arena. The victory extended the Billikens’ best-ever conference start to 4-0.
•Saint Louis has matched the best 17-game start in program history. A win Sunday would give the Bills the best 18-game mark in program annals.
•Dayton, which tied Duquesne for second place behind SLU in the A-10 coaches’ preseason poll, defeated George Washington (50-48) and Duquesne (75-64) in its last two outings.
•Sunday’s game matches the A-10’s two most prolific 3-point shooting teams. Dayton leads the league with 7.1 treys per game, while SLU is second with 7.0.•The Billikens and Flyers meet again Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Dayton, Ohio.
LAST TIME OUT•A strong second quarter gave Saint Louis a 36-20 halftime lead, and the Billikens went on to post a 64-49 triumph over St. Bonaventure Jan. 11. 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
•Sunday’s game will be carried by ESPNU and also video streamed on the WatchESPN platform. Click here for instructions on how to access the stream.
•The game also will be audio streamed free of charge on SLU’s official athletics website, www.SLUBillikens.com. Jeff Vernetti handles play-by-play duties.
•In addition, live stats will be provided.•All coverage links also are listed above.
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
•Click here to see Saint Louis’ complete statistics.
•Saint Louis leads the A-10 in scoring offense (75.8 ppg), field goal percentage (.452), field goal percentage defense (.353), rebounding margin (+8.4 rpg), assists (18.9 apg), assist-turnover ratio (1.47:1), fewest turnovers (12.9 tpg), defensive rebounding (31.5 drpg) and scoring margin (+18.3 ppg).
•The Billikens are second in scoring defense (57.5 ppg), 3-point field goals (7.0/game), 3-point field goal percentage (.349), free throws made (14.3/game) and free throw attempts (19.4/game).
•Three players own double-digit scoring averages, led by Jackie Kemph (14.6 ppg). Sadie Stipanovich tosses in 14.5 points per game, followed by Jordyn Frantz (11.9 ppg).
•Stipanovich hauls in a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game, followed by Olivia Jakubicek with 7.6 rpg.
•Kemph dishes out a team-high 7.9 assists per game.
•Frantz has a team-high 33 3-pointers, followed by Jenny Vliet with 30.•Jakubicek averages a team-high 1.4 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 582-301 record in her 31st year as a collegiate head coach. Stone is 79-64 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: DAYTON
•Click here for Dayton's complete statistics.
•Dayton scores 66.4 points per game and allows 63.1 points per game. The Flyers shoot 39.4 percent from the field overall, 33.7 percent from 3-point range and 69.3 percent from the free throw line.
•Junior guard Jenna Burdette leads Dayton in scoring (12.2 ppg) and assists (4.9 apg).
•Redshirt-senior guard Kelley Austria averages 11.7 points and leads the Flyers in 3-pointers (28) and steals (1.6 spg).
•Senior center Saicha Grant-Allen scores 9.6 points per game and carries a team-leading 8.0 rebounding average.
•Redshirt-junior forward/center Alex Harris and junior guard JaVonna Layfield average 7.6 and 7.2 rebounds, respectively.
UP NEXT•The Billikens are in Pittsburgh, Pa., to play Duquesne Wednesday, Jan. 18. Tip time is 6 p.m. (CT).