SAINT LOUIS at ST. BONAVENTURE
Saturday, February 11, 2017 :: 1 p.m. (ET) :: Olean, New York (Reilly Center)
BILLIKENS, BONNIES MEET FOR SECOND TIME
•After defeating VCU for a second time this season Wednesday night, the Saint Louis Billikens (19-6, 9-3 A-10) go for another season sweep when they meet the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (9-15, 4-8) Saturday, Feb. 11. Game time at the Reilly Center in Olean, New York, is noon (CT).
•St. Bonaventure, Dayton and VCU are the Atlantic 10 Conference opponents Saint Louis plays twice this season. The Billikens defeated the Bonnies 64-49 Jan. 11 in St. Louis.
•The Billikens are ranked No. 10 in the most recent (Feb. 1) ESPNW national mid-major poll.•Saint Louis posted a 77-72 victory over VCU Wednesday night. St. Bonaventure dropped a 57-45 decision to La Salle Tuesday night, the Bonnies’ third straight loss.
LAST TIME OUT
•An 18-point Saint Louis lead slipped away in the second half, but the Billikens responded with clutch shots and strong defense in the final two minutes to defeat VCU 77-72 Feb. 8 at Chaifetz Arena. Click here to read the recap.
FOLLOWING THE BILLIKENS
•There will be a free audio stream of Saturday’s game. Jeff Vernetti handles the play-by-play.
•St. Bonaventure will provide a 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 (74.3 ppg), field goal percentage (.444), 3-point field goal percentage (.358), assists (18.8 apg), assist-turnover ratio (1.44:1), fewest turnovers (13.0 tpg), defensive rebounding (29.0 drpg), 3-point field goals (7.3/game) and scoring margin (+13.7 ppg).
•The Billikens are second in free throw percentage (.746) and free throws made (13.8/game).
•Three players own double-digit scoring averages, led by Jackie Kemph (14.5 ppg). Sadie Stipanovich records 13.7 points per game, followed by Jordyn Frantz (12.6 ppg).
•Stipanovich hauls in a team-high 8.6 rebounds per game, followed by Olivia Jakubicek with 7.0 rpg.
•Kemph dishes out a team-high 7.4 assists per game.
•Frantz has a team-high 57 3-pointers, followed by Jenny Vliet with 47.•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 587-304 record in her 31st year as a collegiate head coach. Stone is 84-67 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: ST. BONAVENTURE
•Click here for the Bonnies' complete statistics.
•St. Bonaventure scores 54.4 points per game and allows 58.8 points per game. The Bonnies shoot 38.5 percent from the field overall, 25.2 percent from 3-point range and 73.3 percent from the free throw line.
•Junior guard Mariah Ruff leads St. Bonaventure in scoring (13.6 ppg), 3-pointers (44), assists (4.0 apg) and steals (1.2 spg).
•Senior forward Gabby Richmond leads the Bonnies with 7.0 rebounds per game and is second in scoring (11.4 ppg).
•Freshman guard Jalisha Terry and junior forward Matea Britvar average 7.5 points apiece. Britvar is second on the team with a 6.3 rebounding average.
UP NEXT•The Billikens are in Philadelphia to battle La Salle Wednesday, Feb. 15. Game time is 6 p.m. (CT).