WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Saint Louis at Indiana State
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 • 6 p.m. CST
WHERE: Hulman Center • Terre Haute, Indiana
RECORDS: SLU was 1-0 in exhibition play; Indiana State was 1-1 in exhibition play
SLU-INDIANA STATE SERIES: Indiana State leads 7-3
SLU-INDIANA STATE LAST MEETING: Indiana State 70, at SLU 67 (12/6/16) RECAP
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: at SLU 77, Lindenwood 56 (Nov. 3) RECAP
SYCAMORES’ LAST GAME: at Indiana State 72, Illinois-Springfield 46 (Nov. 5) RECAP
UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: Loyola Marymount • Monday, Nov. 13 • 5 p.m. CST • Chaifetz Arena
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
• Saint Louis begins its 43rd season of women’s basketball competition Friday, Nov. 10, at Indiana State.
• The Billikens are 24-18 in season openers, including a 79-69 win at UC Irvine last year. SLU is seeking a third consecutive victory in a season debut.
• Saint Louis is the No. 2 pick in the Atlantic 10 Conference coaches’ preseason poll. The Billikens received three first-place votes.
• Ten Billikens returned from last year’s team that posted a 25-9 overall record, tied for third place (12-4) in the A-10 and reached the second round in the program’s second straight WNIT appearance.
• The returning group includes senior guard Jackie Kemph, senior forward Jenny Vliet and junior guard Jordyn Frantz, all of whom started every game in 2016-17.
• Kemph is a preseason first-team All-Conference choice, while Frantz was selected to the third team.
• For a second consecutive year, Kemph is one of 20 players named to the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List. The Lieberman Award is presented to the top point guard in NCAA Division I women’s basketball.
• The Billikens’ roster is composed of one fifth-year senior, five seniors, one fourth-year junior, three juniors (including one ineligible transfer), one sophomore and three freshmen.
• Kemph earned A-10 Player of the Year accolades for a second consecutive season in 2016-17, averaging 14.1 points and finishing sixth in the nation in assists (7.3 apg). She is the NCAA Division I active career leader in assist average (6.68 apg) and the SLU career leader in assists (661).
• With 1,380 career points, Kemph needs just 206 points to pass Sadie Stipanovich as the Billikens’ all-time leading scorer.
• Vliet turned in career bests in scoring (8.6 ppg), 3-pointers (60) and free throw percentage (.828) while averaging 4.7 rebounds a year ago.
• Frantz was SLU’s third-leading scorer, averaging 11.5 points on the strength of a team-high 70 treys. She also led the Billikens with 43 steals.
• Sixth-year head coach Lisa Stone brings a 90-70 record at Saint Louis into Friday’s game. Now in her 32nd season overall as a collegiate head coach, Stone owns a 593-307 career mark.
A LOOK AT THE SYCAMORES
• Indiana State returned three starters and four additional letter winners from last year’s team that finished 12-18 overall and 6-12 (eighth place) in the Missouri Valley Conference.
• Senior forward Ashley Taia is back after leading the 2016-17 Sycamores in scoring (12.1 ppg), 3-pointers (57) and steals (2.0 spg).
• Senior forward Wendi Bibbins led last year’s team in rebounding (8.3 rpg) and field goal percentage (.481) and was second in scoring (10.2 ppg).