SAINT LOUIS at MASSACHUSETTS
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 :: 6 p.m. (CT) :: Amherst, Massachusetts (Mullins Center)
SECOND-PLACE BILLIKENS LOOK FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN
•Now in sole possession of second place in the Atlantic 10 Conference, the Saint Louis Billikens (17-5, 7-2) try to extend their winning streak to four games Wednesday night against the Massachusetts Minutewomen (9-14, 3-7). Tip time at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Massachusetts, is 6 p.m. (CT).
•The Billikens, ranked No. 8 in the Jan. 18 ESPNW national mid-major poll, routed Fordham 82-58 Jan. 28 in front of 6,157 fans attending the Billikens Pink Out Game at Chaifetz Arena.
•Massachusetts brings a four-game losing streak into Wednesday night’s contest. The Minutewomen have been competitive, however, losing three of those games – including an overtime loss to George Washington – by six or fewer points.•A key to the game will be how well the Billikens defend the 3-pointer. In conference games only, Massachusetts leads the A-10 in 3-point field goal percentage (.403), while Saint Louis is No. 2 in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.243).
LAST TIME OUT
•Sadie Stipanovich (10-of-16 FG) scored a game-high 22 points to lead four Saint Louis players in double figures, and the Billikens claimed sole possession of second place in the A-10 with an 82-58 victory over Fordham Jan. 28 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.
•Massachusetts will provide a free 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 (74.4 ppg), field goal percentage (.446), assists (18.7 apg), assist-turnover ratio (1.41:1), fewest turnovers (13.3 tpg), defensive rebounding (29.8 drpg), 3-point field goals (7.1/game) and scoring margin (+14.6 ppg).
•The Billikens are second in rebounding margin (+5.3 rpg), free throws made (13.9/game) and free throw percentage (.742).
•Three players own double-digit scoring averages, led by Jackie Kemph (14.2 ppg). Sadie Stipanovich tosses in 13.9 points per game, followed by Jordyn Frantz (12.3 ppg).
•Stipanovich hauls in a team-high 8.3 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 46 3-pointers, followed by Jenny Vliet with 39.•Jakubicek averages a team-high 1.3 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 585-303 record in her 31st year as a collegiate head coach. Stone is 82-66 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: MASSACHUSETTS
•Click here for Massachusetts' complete statistics.
•Massachusetts scores 58.7 points per game and allows 62.9 points per game. The Minutewomen shoot 37.3 percent from the field overall, a league-best 36.4 percent from 3-point range and 72.5 percent from the free throw line.
•Freshman guard/forward Hailey Leidel leads UMass and ranks third in the A-10 with a 16.8 scoring average. Leidel tops the conference in 3-pointers (64 total, 2.8/game) and minutes (38.6 mpg) and is second in 3-point field goal percentage (.413), tied for fifth in steals (2.0 spg) and ninth in free throw percentage (.822). She also pulls down 6.0 rebounds per game.
•Junior forward/center Maggie Mulligan averages a double-double of 13.5 points and 11.4 rebounds. Mulligan ranks second in the league in rebounding and offensive rebounding (4.0 orpg).
•Senior guard Alyx Stiff averages 10.6 points and is followed closely by freshman guard Ryan Holder (10.1 ppg).
•Junior guard Leah McDerment ranks third in the A-10 with 5.3 assists per game.
UP NEXT•The Billikens host Saint Joseph’s Sunday, Feb. 5, at 3 p.m.