SAINT LOUIS at DAYTON
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 :: 6 p.m. (CT) :: Dayton, Ohio (UD Arena)
BILLIKENS SEEK SECOND CONSECUTIVE CONFERENCE CROWN
•The Saint Louis Billikens (22-6, 12-3 Atlantic 10), winners of four straight and eight of their last nine games, will have to continue their winning ways in Wednesday night’s regular-season finale against the Dayton Flyers (18-9, 12-3) if they are to claim at least a share of a second consecutive A-10 regular-season championship.
•The Billikens and Flyers, along with George Washington, are tied for first place in the A-10 entering Wednesday’s showdown that tips off at 6 p.m. (CT) at UD Arena.
•Several scenarios exist for determination of the league’s top two teams, both of which receive a bye to the A-10 Championship quarterfinals. SLU controls its own destiny; a win over Dayton gives the Billikens not only at least a share of the regular-season crown, but also the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.•Saint Louis is coming off a 73-66 victory over Richmond Saturday night at Chaifetz Arena. Dayton dropped a 66-52 decision at Fordham the following day, the Flyers’ second loss in three games following an 11-game winning streak.
LAST TIME OUT
•Sadie Stipanovich posted game highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Saint Louis survived a late scare to defeat Richmond 73-66 Feb. 18 at Chaifetz Arena. 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.
•Dayton 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 (74.4 ppg), field goal percentage (.445), assists (18.7 apg), assist-turnover ratio (1.50:1), fewest turnovers (12.4 tpg), defensive rebounding (28.5 drpg), 3-point field goals (6.9/game) and scoring margin (+13.3 ppg).
•The Billikens are second in free throw percentage (.753) and free throws made (13.9/game).
•Three players own double-digit scoring averages, led by Jackie Kemph (14.6 ppg). Sadie Stipanovich records 14.5 points per game, followed by Jordyn Frantz (12.3 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 7.4 assists per game.
•Frantz has a team-high 61 3-pointers, followed by Jenny Vliet with 49.•Frantz averages a team-high 1.4 steals.
•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 590-304 record in her 31st year as a collegiate head coach. Stone is 87-67 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: DAYTON
•Click here for the Flyers' complete statistics.
•Dayton scores 65.1 points per game and allows 59.3 points per game. The Flyers shoot 39 percent from the field overall, 33.3 percent from 3-point range and 69.2 percent from the free throw line.
•The Flyers lead the league in field goal percentage defense (.353) and rank second in 3-point field goals (6.8/game) – just behind the Billikens – and rebounding margin (+4.8 rpg).
•In conference games only, Dayton has a league-best +7.3 rebounding margin.
•Junior guard Jenna Burdette leads Dayton in scoring (12.3 ppg) and assists (4.7 apg).
•Redshirt-senior guard Kelley Austria leads the team in steals (1.7 spg) and is second in scoring (12.2 ppg) and 3-point field goals (42).
•Senior center Saicha Grant-Allen scores 9.8 points per game and leads the Flyers in rebounds (8.6 rpg) and offensive rebounds (league-leading 3.8 orpg).
•Junior guard JaVonna Layfield chips in 8.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.
•Sophomore guard Lauren Cannatelli has a 7.5 scoring average and a team-high 44 3-pointers.
•Redshirt-junior forward/center Alex Harris leads Dayton in blocks (1.9 bpg) and is second in rebounding (7.8 rpg).
UP NEXT•The Atlantic 10 Conference Championship begins this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25-26, with six first-round games at campus sites. The six winners join the top two teams in the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals, semifinals and championship game will be played Friday-Sunday, March 3-5, at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia.