FORDHAM at SAINT LOUIS
Saturday, January 28, 2017 :: 7 p.m. (CT) :: St. Louis, Missouri (Chaifetz Arena)
SLU WELCOMES FORDHAM FOR BILLIKENS PINK OUT GAME
•Two of the three teams tied for second place in the Atlantic 10 Conference meet at Chaifetz Arena Saturday, Jan. 28, as the Saint Louis Billikens (16-5, 6-2) host the Fordham Rams (15-7, 6-2). Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
•Saturday’s contest is the annual Billikens Pink Out Game in support of breast cancer awareness.
•The Billikens, ranked No. 8 in the most recent ESPNW national mid-major poll, defeated George Washington Thursday night to create a three-way deadlock. GW is the third team at 6-2.
•Fordham has dropped its last two A-10 decisions after winning its first six conference games. The Rams lost by three points at Saint Joseph’s Jan. 18 and by the same margin at home vs. VCU Jan. 21.•Tonight’s game matches the leading offensive team and the top defensive team in the A-10. The Billikens pace the league in scoring offense, pouring in 74 points per game; the Rams allow a conference-low 56 points per game.
LAST TIME OUT•Jackie Kemph scored a game-high 24 points and Jordyn Frantz tossed in 14 to lead Saint Louis to a 67-59 victory over George Washington Thursday night at Chaifetz Arena. 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
•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 (74.0 ppg), field goal percentage (.441), assists (18.4 apg), assist-turnover ratio (1.38:1), fewest turnovers (13.3 tpg), defensive rebounding (30.0 drpg), 3-point field goals (7.0/game) and scoring margin (+14.1 ppg).
•The Billikens are second in rebounding margin (+5.7 rpg), free throws made (14.0/game) and free throw percentage (.736).
•Three players own double-digit scoring averages, led by Jackie Kemph (14.2 ppg). Sadie Stipanovich tosses in 13.5 points per game, followed by Jordyn Frantz (12.1 ppg).
•Stipanovich hauls in a team-high 8.4 rebounds per game, followed by Olivia Jakubicek with 7.4 rpg.
•Kemph dishes out a team-high 7.7 assists per game.
•Frantz has a team-high 42 3-pointers, followed by Jenny Vliet with 35.•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 584-303 record in her 31st year as a collegiate head coach. Stone is 81-66 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: FORDHAM
•Click here for Fordham's complete statistics.
•Fordham scores 60.5 points per game and allows 56.0 points per game. The Rams shoot 40.1 percent from the field overall, 32.9 percent from 3-point range and 75.3 percent from the free throw line.
•Junior forward G’mrice Davis leads Fordham in scoring (14.4 ppg), rebounding (league-high 12.5 rpg), field goal percentage (.506), steals (29) and blocks (13).
•Senior guard/forward Danielle Burns leads the Rams in assists (2.2 apg) and is second to Davis in scoring (10.5 ppg) and rebounding (4.7 rpg).
•Senior guard Hannah Missry and sophomore guard Lauren Holden average 8.5 points apiece. Missry’s 49 3-pointers are second in the A-10, and Holden has connected from beyond the arc 32 times.
•Redshirt-freshman guard Kate Kreslina chips in 8.2 points per game.
UP NEXT•The Billikens travel to Massachusetts Wednesday, Feb. 1, for a 6 p.m. (CT) tip-off.