SAINT LOUIS at RHODE ISLAND
Saturday, January 21, 2017 :: 1 p.m. (CT) :: Kingston, Rhode Island (Ryan Center)
BILLIKENS, RAMS MEET SATURDAY
•Seeking a return to the win column following two straight defeats, the Saint Louis Billikens (14-5, 4-2 Atlantic 10) square off with the Rhode Island Rams (4-14, 0-6) Saturday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m. (CT).
•The Billikens dropped a 94-65 decision at Duquesne Wednesday night. Also on Wednesday, the Rams lost an 11th consecutive game when they fell 68-57 at VCU.•Saint Louis has won six of the last seven meetings with Rhode Island and leads the series 10-3.
LAST TIME OUT
•Sadie Stipanovich and Jordyn Frantz scored 15 points apiece and Olivia Jakubicek tossed in a season-high 14, but Duquesne recorded a 94-65 Atlantic 10 Conference victory over Saint Louis Wednesday night at the A.J. Palumbo Center. 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.
•Rhode Island 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 (74.7 ppg), field goal percentage (.440), assists (18.7 apg), assist-turnover ratio (1.44:1), fewest turnovers (13.0 tpg), defensive rebounding (30.4 drpg) and scoring margin (+14.3 ppg).
•The Billikens are second in rebounding margin (+6.7 rpg), 3-point field goals (6.9/game), 3-point field goal percentage (.343), free throws made (14.4/game) and free throw attempts (19.4/game).
•Three players own double-digit scoring averages, led by Sadie Stipanovich (14.1 ppg). Jackie Kemph tosses in 13.8 points per game, followed by Jordyn Frantz (12.2 ppg).
•Stipanovich hauls in a team-high 8.6 rebounds per game, followed by Olivia Jakubicek with 7.6 rpg.
•Kemph dishes out a team-high 7.8 assists per game.
•Frantz has a team-high 38 3-pointers, followed by Jenny Vliet with 33.•Jakubicek and Frantz average 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 582-303 record in her 31st year as a collegiate head coach. Stone is 79-66 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: RHODE ISLAND
•Click here for Rhode Island’s complete statistics.
•Rhode Island scores 58.9 points per game and allows 69.7 points per game. The Rams shoot 37.5 percent from the field overall, 28.2 percent from 3-point range and 53.7 percent from the free throw line.
•Junior guard Charise Wilson leads Rhode Island and ranks second in the A-10 with a 19.3 scoring average. Wilson’s 25.5 points-per-game average in conference games tops the league by a wide margin. She also leads the Rams in 3-pointers (42), assists (4.6 apg) and steals (2.3 spg) while ranking second in rebounding (4.9 rpg).
•Junior guard Dominique Ward scores 8.1 points per game and carries a team-best 5.5 rebounding average.
•Sophomore center Dina Motrechuk chips in 6.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game while leading URI with 47 blocks (2.6 bpg).
•Redshirt-junior guard Morgan Johnson has 31 3-pointers to her credit.
UP NEXT•Saint Louis returns home for two games in three days. The Billikens host George Washington Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. before welcoming A-10 leader Fordham to Chaifetz Arena Saturday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. Saturday’s contest is SLU’s annual “Pink Out” game in recognition of the fight against breast cancer.