SAINT LOUIS at DUQUESNE
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 :: 6 p.m. (CT) :: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (A.J. Palumbo Center)
BILLIKENS SEEK RETURN TO WIN COLUMN IN BATTLE WITH DUKES
•Two of the three teams that tied for the 2015-16 Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season title meet Wednesday night in Pittsburgh as the Saint Louis Billikens (14-4, 4-1 A-10) take on the Duquesne Dukes (9-10, 2-4).
•The Billikens are looking to rebound from Sunday’s 78-67 loss to Dayton. Duquesne comes into the contest on a two-game skid after falling 75-67 at Massachusetts Sunday afternoon.•Duquesne tied Dayton for second place behind Saint Louis in the A-10 coaches’ preseason poll.
LAST TIME OUT
Jordyn Frantz scored 15 points and Jackie Kemph turned in a double-double, but the Billikens were clipped by Dayton, 78-67, Sunday at Chaifetz Arena. Click here to read the recap.
FOLLOWING THE BILLIKENS
•There will be a free audio stream of Wednesday’s game. Jeff Vernetti handles the play-by-play.
•Duquesne 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.•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 (75.3 ppg), field goal percentage (.444), field goal percentage defense (.356), rebounding margin (+7.4 rpg), assists (18.7 apg), assist-turnover ratio (1.45:1), fewest turnovers (12.8 tpg), defensive rebounding (30.8 drpg) and scoring margin (+16.7 ppg).
•The Billikens are second in turnover margin (+1.3 tpg), 3-point field goals (6.9/game), 3-point field goal percentage (.350), free throws made (14.7/game) and free throw attempts (19.9/game).
•Three players own double-digit scoring averages, led by Jackie Kemph (14.3 ppg). Sadie Stipanovich tosses in 14.1 points per game, followed by Jordyn Frantz (12.1 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 8.0 assists per game.
•Frantz has a team-high 35 3-pointers, followed by Jenny Vliet with 33.•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 582-302 record in her 31st year as a collegiate head coach. Stone is 79-65 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: DUQUESNE
•Click here for Duquesne’s complete statistics.
•Duquesne scores 63.1 points per game and allows 66.2 points per game. The Dukes shoot 36.5 percent from the field overall, 33.5 percent from 3-point range and 70.6 percent from the free throw line.
•Sophomore guard Chassidy Omogrosso and sophomore guard/forward Kadri-Ann Lass were selected to the A-10 All-Rookie team last year.
•Omogrosso carries team-high averages in scoring (14.5 ppg) and assists (2.8 apg) and also leads Duquesne with 38 3-pointers.
•Amadea Szamosi tosses in 11.9 points per game and leads the Dukes with 8.3 rebounds per game.•Lass and Julijana Vojinovic average 8.9 and 8.5 points, respectively. Lass leads Duquesne with 27 blocks, while Vojinovic has 30 3-pointers.
UP NEXT•The Billikens stay on the road to face Rhode Island Saturday, Jan. 21. Game time is 1 p.m. (CT).