GEORGE WASHINGTON at SAINT LOUIS
Thursday, January 26, 2017 :: 7 p.m. (CT) :: St. Louis, Missouri (Chaifetz Arena)
TWO OF A-10’s BEST BATTLE AT CHAIFETZ ARENA
•Two teams in contention for the top spot in the Atlantic 10 Conference battle Thursday, Jan. 26, as the Saint Louis Billikens (15-5, 5-2), ranked No. 8 in the most recent ESPNW national mid-major poll, host the George Washington Colonials (13-6, 6-1). Tip-off at Chaifetz Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.
•Saint Louis and George Washington are coming off road victories last Saturday. The Billikens conquered Rhode Island 68-50 to halt a two-game skid. The Colonials erased a 15-point deficit and defeated Massachusetts 60-54 in double overtime for a third straight win and sixth in seven games.
•George Washington tied Saint Louis and Duquesne for last year’s A-10 regular-season title before going on to win the A-10 Championship crown. The Colonials garnered two first-place votes and were picked to finish fourth in the league behind SLU, Duquesne and Dayton in the 2016-17 A-10 coaches’ preseason poll.•Thursday night’s game matches the top two rebounding teams in the A-10. George Washington leads the league in rebounding margin (+7.9 rpg), and Saint Louis is second (+6.5 rpg). The Colonials top the conference in offensive rebounding (15.6 orpg), while the Billikens lead the way on the defensive glass (30.3 drpg).
LAST TIME OUT•Saint Louis used a balanced scoring attack and strong second-half defense to register a 68-50 victory at Rhode Island Jan. 21. Click here to read the recap.
TICKETS AT CHAIFETZ ARENA
•The Billikens are offering a “Thursday Night Out” ticket special for the SLU-GW game. You may purchase tickets for only $4 apiece if you click here and use the promo code WBBTNO.
•Tickets at regular prices ($10 for adults, $5 for youth 18 and under) can be purchased at the gate or by phone at (314) 977-4SLU.
•Groups of 20 or more receive discounted tickets for $4 apiece.
•Students with a valid SLU ID card receive free admission.
FOLLOWING THE BILLIKENS
•All Saint Louis women’s basketball home games – with the exception of a nationally televised contest vs. Saint Joseph’s Feb. 5 – are video streamed free of charge on SLU’s official athletics website, www.SLUBillikens.com. Jeff Vernetti handles play-by-play duties.
•Live statistics also are provided for every home game.
•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 (74.4 ppg), field goal percentage (.442), assists (18.5 apg), assist-turnover ratio (1.41:1), fewest turnovers (13.1 tpg), defensive rebounding (30.3 drpg), 3-point field goals (6.9/game) and scoring margin (+14.5 ppg).
•The Billikens are second in rebounding margin (+6.5 rpg) and free throws made (13.9/game).
•Three players own double-digit scoring averages, led by Sadie Stipanovich (13.9 ppg). Jackie Kemph tosses in 13.7 points per game, followed by Jordyn Frantz (12.1 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 39 3-pointers, followed by Jenny Vliet with 34.•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 583-303 record in her 31st year as a collegiate head coach. Stone is 80-66 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: GEORGE WASHINGTON
•Click here for George Washington's complete statistics.
•The Colonials are coached by Jennifer Rizzotti, the former UConn All-American who went on to play in the WNBA and earn induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
•George Washington scores 66.5 points per game and allows 58.3 points per game. The Colonials shoot 40 percent from the field overall, 31 percent from 3-point range and 66 percent from the free throw line.
•Senior forward Caira Washington, a first-team All-Conference selection last season, leads GW in scoring (11.8 ppg), rebounding (8.1 rpg), field goal percentage (.605) and blocks (2.3 bpg).
•Senior guard Hannah Schaible averages a team-best 2.3 steals and is second in scoring (10.6 ppg) and third in rebounding (6.3 rpg).
•Forward Lexi Martins, a graduate student, is third in scoring (10.5 ppg) and second in rebounding (7.8 rpg).
•Junior forward Kelli Prange chips in 8.6 points per game.
•Sophomore guard Mei-Lyn Bautista, a 2015-16 A-10 All-Rookie selection, leads GW with 3.2 assists per game.•Senior guard Shannon Cranshaw has a team-high 30 3-pointers.
UP NEXT•It’s a quick turnaround for the Billikens as they welcome Fordham to Chaifetz Arena Saturday, Jan. 28, for the annual “Billikens Pink Out” game in recognition of the fight against breast cancer. Tip time is 7 p.m.