SAINT JOSEPH'S at SAINT LOUIS
Sunday, February 5, 2017 :: 3 p.m. (CT) :: St. Louis, Missouri (Chaifetz Arena)
BILLIKENS, HAWKS MEET ON JESUIT BASKETBALL WEEKEND
•Two of the hottest teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference meet Sunday, Feb. 5, when the Saint Louis Billikens (18-5, 8-2 A-10) host the Saint Joseph’s Hawks (10-12, 7-3). Tip time for the nationally televised (CBS Sports Network) contest at Chaifetz Arena is 3 p.m.
•Sunday’s game is part of Jesuit Basketball Weekend. From February 4-6, women’s and men’s basketball teams from 13 Jesuit colleges and universities will play against each other in 10 games across the country.
•Saint Louis has won four straight, most recently thumping Massachusetts 81-60 Feb. 1. Saint Joseph’s has won three straight, including a 60-58 victory over Duquesne Feb. 1, and seven of its last eight. The Hawks’ only loss during that stretch came at A-10 leader Dayton in overtime.
•The Billikens are ranked No. 10 in the most recent (Feb. 1) ESPNW national mid-major poll.
•In A-10 games only, the Billikens lead the conference in scoring offense with 75.1 points per game. The Hawks top the league in scoring defense, allowing 55.4 points per game.•Also in conference games only, Saint Louis is the A-10’s most prolific 3-point team. The Billikens pour in 8.2 triples per game while connecting on 38 percent from beyond the arc. Saint Joseph’s leads the league in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.189), allowing only 23 treys in 10 games.
LAST TIME OUT
•Jordyn Frantz and Jenny Vliet scored 16 points apiece, and Sadie Stipanovich and Jackie Kemph tossed in 14 each to lead Saint Louis to an 81-60 victory at Massachusetts Feb. 1. 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
•Sunday’s game will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Click here to access a channel finder.•The game also will be audio streamed free of charge on SLU’s official athletics website, www.SLUBillikens.com. Jeff Vernetti handles play-by-play duties.
•Live statistics also are available.
•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 (.446), assists (19.0 apg), assist-turnover ratio (1.46:1), fewest turnovers (13.0 tpg), defensive rebounding (29.5 drpg), 3-point field goals (7.3/game) and scoring margin (+14.9 ppg).
•The Billikens are second in rebounding margin (+4.7 rpg), free throws made (13.7/game), free throw percentage (.746), field goal percentage defense (.360) and 3-point field goal percentage (.357).
•Three players own double-digit scoring averages, led by Jackie Kemph (14.2 ppg). Sadie Stipanovich records 13.9 points per game, followed by Jordyn Frantz (12.5 ppg).
•Stipanovich hauls in a team-high 8.3 rebounds per game, followed by Olivia Jakubicek with 7.2 rpg.
•Kemph dishes out a team-high 7.7 assists per game.
•Frantz has a team-high 50 3-pointers, followed by Jenny Vliet with 43.•Frantz and Jakubicek average a team-high 1.3 steals apiece.
•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 586-303 record in her 31st year as a collegiate head coach. Stone is 83-66 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: SAINT JOSEPH'S
•Click here for the Hawks' complete statistics.
•Saint Joseph’s scores 63.3 points per game and allows 61.1 points per game. The Hawks shoot 39.9 percent from the field overall, 35.1 percent from 3-point range and 72 percent from the free throw line.
•Junior guard/forward Chelsea Woods leads Saint Joseph’s in scoring (13.8 ppg), assists (2.6 apg) and steals (1.6 spg). Woods is second on the team with a 7.0 rebounding average.
•Junior forward Adashia Franklyn scores 12.4 points per game and pulls down a team-high 8.3 rebounds per game. Franklyn also leads SJU with 1.5 blocks per game.
•Sophomore guard Alyssa Monaghan tosses in 11.3 points per game and leads the Hawks with 48 3-pointers.
•Sophomore guard/forward Sarah Veilleux is fourth on the team in scoring (9.7 ppg) and second in 3-pointers (29).
•The Billikens play their next-to-last home game Wednesday, Feb. 8. VCU is the opponent, and tip-off at Chaifetz Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.