VCU at SAINT LOUIS
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 :: 7 p.m. (CT) :: St. Louis, Missouri (Chaifetz Arena)
BILLIKENS SEEK SEASON SWEEP OF VCU
•The Saint Louis Billikens (18-6, 8-3 A-10) play their first rematch of the season Wednesday, Feb. 8, when the VCU Rams (13-11, 6-5) visit Chaifetz Arena. Tip time is 7 p.m.
•VCU, St. Bonaventure and Dayton are the Atlantic 10 Conference opponents Saint Louis plays twice this season. The Billikens defeated the Rams 62-48 Jan. 8 in Richmond, Virginia.
•The Billikens are ranked No. 10 in the most recent (Feb. 1) ESPNW national mid-major poll.•Each team is trying to rebound from a home loss that halted a four-game winning streak. Saint Louis was edged 66-63 by Saint Joseph’s Sunday afternoon, while VCU dropped a 68-48 decision to Dayton on Saturday.
LAST TIME OUT
•Jackie Kemph, Jordyn Frantz and Jenny Vliet combined for 49 points, but it wasn’t enough as Saint Joseph’s escaped Chaifetz Arena with a 66-63 victory Feb. 5. 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
•Wednesday’s game will be 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 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 (74.2 ppg), field goal percentage (.443), 3-point field goal percentage (.357), free throw percentage (.748), assists (18.7 apg), assist-turnover ratio (1.45:1), fewest turnovers (12.9 tpg), defensive rebounding (29.1 drpg), 3-point field goals (7.3/game) and scoring margin (+14.1 ppg).
•The Billikens are second in free throws made (13.7/game).
•Three players own double-digit scoring averages, led by Jackie Kemph (14.3 ppg). Sadie Stipanovich records 13.5 points per game, followed by Jordyn Frantz (12.6 ppg).
•Stipanovich hauls in a team-high 8.4 rebounds per game, followed by Olivia Jakubicek with 7.0 rpg.
•Kemph dishes out a team-high 7.6 assists per game.
•Frantz has a team-high 53 3-pointers, followed by Jenny Vliet with 45.•Frantz and Jakubicek average a team-high 1.4 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 586-304 record in her 31st year as a collegiate head coach. Stone is 83-67 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: VCU
•Click here for the Rams' complete statistics.
•VCU scores 62.6 points per game and allows 62.8 points per game. The Rams shoot 38.2 percent from the field overall, 31.7 percent from 3-point range and 67 percent from the free throw line.
•Senior guard Keira Robinson leads VCU in scoring (10.7 ppg) and steals (2.1 spg). Robinson is second on the team with a 4.8 rebounding average and shoots 78.5 percent from the free throw line.
•Guard Mooriah Rowser, a graduate student, has a 9.4 scoring average.
•Junior forward Curteeona Brelove tosses in 8.6 points per game and leads the Rams with 7.0 rebounds and 3.4 offensive rebounds per game.
•Senior guard Isis Thorpe averages 8.0 points and has a team-high 29 3-pointers.
•Redshirt-senior guard GG Goodhope dishes out a team-high 3.1 assists per game.
•The Billikens play three of their final four regular-season games on the road beginning Saturday, Feb. 11, at St. Bonaventure. Tip time is noon (CT).