RICHMOND at SAINT LOUIS
Saturday, February 18, 2017 :: 7 p.m. (CT) :: St. Louis, Missouri (Chaifetz Arena)
BILLIKENS CONCLUDE 2016-17 HOME SCHEDULE
•Winners of three straight and seven of their last eight games, the Saint Louis Billikens (21-6, 11-3 A-10) welcome the Richmond Spiders (13-14, 7-7) to Chaifetz Arena Saturday, Feb. 18, for Senior Night. Game time 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.
•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.
•Richmond also has something at stake. The Spiders are tied for seventh in the league and are trying to stay eighth or higher in order to earn the hosting privilege for an A-10 Championship first-round game.•Both teams won Wednesday night. SLU turned away La Salle’s late challenge and prevailed 79-74 in Philadelphia. Richmond posted a 56-45 home victory over Massachusetts, the Spiders’ second straight win and third in four games.
LAST TIME OUT
•Sadie Stipanovich tied for game-high scoring honors with 28 points, and Saint Louis remained in a second-place tie in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a hard-fought, 79-74 win at La Salle Feb. 15. Click here to read the recap.
TICKETS AT CHAIFETZ ARENA
•The SLU Department of Athletics is offering a $5.00 ticket special for Saturday’s game. Click here to access the ticket order page and use promo code WBBPTA.
•Tickets also can be purchased at the gate or by phone at (314) 977-4SLU.
•Regular-priced 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.
PREGAME ACTIVITIES FOR SLU STUDENTS
•The first 150 students to arrive Saturday will be treated to free food from Raising Cane’s. Food will be served in Chaifetz Pavilion prior to the game.
•Also, Mardi Gras beads will be passed out to students upon entrance to Chaifetz Arena.
FOLLOWING THE BILLIKENS
•Saturday’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 (74.5 ppg), field goal percentage (.446), assists (18.6 apg), assist-turnover ratio (1.47:1), fewest turnovers (12.6 tpg), defensive rebounding (28.7 drpg) and scoring margin (+13.5 ppg).
•The Billikens are second in free throw percentage (.750), free throws made (14.0/game) and 3-point field goals (6.9/game).
•Three players own double-digit scoring averages, led by Jackie Kemph (14.7 ppg). Sadie Stipanovich records 14.2 points per game, followed by Jordyn Frantz (12.4 ppg).
•Stipanovich hauls in a team-high 8.4 rebounds per game, followed by Olivia Jakubicek with 6.8 rpg.
•Kemph dishes out a team-high 7.3 assists per game.
•Frantz has a team-high 59 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 589-304 record in her 31st year as a collegiate head coach. Stone is 86-67 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: RICHMOND
•Click here for the Spiders' complete statistics.
•Richmond scores 56.9 points per game and allows 57.5 points per game. The Spiders shoot 35 percent from the field overall, 26.6 percent from 3-point range and 70.1 percent from the free throw line.
•The Spiders rank second in the A-10 in scoring defense and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.278). They are third in the league in steals (8.1 spg).
•Senior guard Janelle Hubbard leads Richmond in scoring (14.0 ppg) and 3-pointers (38).
•Junior guard Micaela Parson is second on the team in scoring (11.0 ppg), rebounding (5.5 rpg), assists (3.3 apg) and steals (1.6 spg).
•Guard Lauren Tolson, a graduate student, tosses in 9.3 points per game and owns team highs in rebounding (6.6 rpg) and free throw percentage (.894).
•Junior guard Kylie Murphree leads the Spiders in assists (4.3 apg) and steals (1.7 spg).
•Freshman forward Jaide Hinds-Clarke contributes 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
UP NEXT•The Billikens conclude the regular season Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Dayton. Tip time at UD Arena is 6 p.m. (CT).