SAINT LOUIS at LA SALLE
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 :: 6 p.m. (CT) :: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Tom Gola Arena)
BILLIKENS CONTINUE PUSH FOR FIRST-ROUND BYE, POSSIBLE TITLE
•Tied for second place in the Atlantic 10 Conference with three games remaining, the Saint Louis Billikens (20-6, 10-3 A-10) face one of the A-10’s surprise teams, the La Salle Explorers (15-10, 8-5), Wednesday, Feb. 15. Game time at Tom Gola Arena in Philadelphia is 6 p.m. (CT).
•SLU is tied with George Washington for second place in the conference standings, one game behind Dayton. The Billikens have a chance not only to earn an A-10 Championship first-round bye (top two teams), but also to claim at least a share of a second consecutive regular-season league title.
•The Billikens are ranked No. 10 in the most recent (Feb. 1) ESPNW national mid-major poll.
•Picked to finish 12th in the coaches’ preseason poll, La Salle is in sixth place and fighting to stay eighth or higher in order to earn the hosting privilege for an A-10 Championship first-round game.•Saint Louis is coming off a 74-58 victory at St. Bonaventure Saturday. La Salle, which opened the conference slate with a win at Dayton, fell 67-58 at Saint Joseph’s Sunday but has won six of its last eight.
LAST TIME OUT
•Jackie Kemph registered game highs of 20 points, eight assists and three steals, and Saint Louis reached 20 victories for a second consecutive season with a 74-58 win at St. Bonaventure Feb. 11. 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.
•La Salle 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 (.446), assists (18.7 apg), assist-turnover ratio (1.46:1), fewest turnovers (12.8 tpg), defensive rebounding (29.0 drpg), 3-point field goals (7.1/game) and scoring margin (+13.8 ppg).
•The Billikens are second in free throw percentage (.745) and free throws made (13.6/game).
•Three players own double-digit scoring averages, led by Jackie Kemph (14.7 ppg). Sadie Stipanovich records 13.7 points per game, followed by Jordyn Frantz (12.4 ppg).
•Stipanovich hauls in a team-high 8.5 rebounds per game, followed by Olivia Jakubicek with 6.9 rpg.
•Kemph dishes out a team-high 7.5 assists per game.
•Frantz has a team-high 58 3-pointers, followed by Jenny Vliet with 47.•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 588-304 record in her 31st year as a collegiate head coach. Stone is 85-67 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: LA SALLE
•Click here for the Explorers' complete statistics.
•La Salle scores 62.5 points per game and allows 60.6 points per game. The Explorers shoot 38.2 percent from the field overall, 30 percent from 3-point range and 72.9 percent from the free throw line.
•The Explorers lead the A-10 in blocks (6.1 bpg) and are third in offensive rebounding (14.4 orpg).
•Junior guard/forward Amy Griffin is the A-10’s leading scorer, averaging 19.8 points. Griffin also leads La Salle in blocks (1.8 bpg) and ranks second in rebounding (6.3 rpg), assists (2.8 apg), free throw percentage (.830) and steals (1.7 spg).
•Sophomore guard Adreana Miller is second on the team in scoring (10.1 ppg) on the strength of a team-high 44 3-pointers. Miller also leads the Explorers in free throw percentage (.869).
•Senior forward Micahya Owens contributes 8.5 points per game.
•Senior guard Jasmine Alston averages 7.7 points and owns team highs in rebounding (8.8 rpg), assists (7.1 apg), steals (2.5 spg) and assist-turnover ratio (2.11:1). Alston ranks second in the A-10 in assists and steals and is third in rebounding and A-TO ratio.
UP NEXT•The Billikens play their final home game of the season Saturday, Feb. 18, against Richmond. Tip time at Chaifetz Arena is 7 p.m. Senior players Olivia Jakubicek, Erin Nelson and Sadie Stipanovich, as well as senior student manager Tyler Stone, will be honored following the game.