WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Saint Louis at George Mason
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 • 6 p.m. CST
WHERE: EagleBank Arena • Fairfax, Virginia
RECORDS: SLU 10-9, 4-2 Atlantic 10; George Mason 15-5, 4-2 Atlantic 10
SLU-GEORGE MASON SERIES: Saint Louis leads 4-2
SLU-GEORGE MASON LAST MEETING: at Saint Louis 89, George Mason 50 (1/4/17) RECAP
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: at SLU 96, Saint Joseph’s 73 (Jan. 21) RECAP
PATRIOTS’ LAST GAME: at Duquesne 71, George Mason 64 (Jan. 21) RECAP
UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: at George Washington • Saturday, Jan. 27 • Noon CST • Washington, D.C.
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
• The Saint Louis Billikens seek a third consecutive victory Wednesday, Jan. 24, when they take on the George Mason Patriots in an important Atlantic 10 Conference contest.
• SLU and Mason begin play Wednesday night tied, along with Saint Joseph's, for fourth place in the A-10.
• Since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, the Billikens are 29-9 in A-10 play. That ties George Washington for the best mark in the conference during that stretch.
• On Monday, Jackie Kemph was named A-10 Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. Kemph averaged 20.5 points and 9.0 assists in wins over UMass and Saint Joseph's.
• When Kemph scored 21 points vs. Saint Joseph's, it marked the first time in her SLU career she has tallied 20 or more in three straight games. She had 24 at Dayton and 20 vs. UMass.
• Kemph owns a commanding lead in assists in the A-10. She dishes 7.8 per game, 3.2 more per game than the second-place player. Kemph is on pace to have career highs for a season in assists per game and A-TO ratio (currently 2.87).
• The Billikens have averaged 79.3 points in their last eight outings. SLU scored at least 76 points in six of those eight games.
• Saint Louis has an outstanding 1.77 assist-turnover ratio over the last four games. The Billikens enjoyed two games in that span with a season-low eight turnovers (Dayton, Saint Joseph's) and averaged just 10.8 miscues in the four contests.
• In A-10 games, SLU leads the league in free throw percentage (.793) and is second in scoring (76.0 ppg), field goal percentage defense (.358) and blocks (5.5 bpg).
• Paige Rakers tops the conference in overall FG shooting (.586) and is second in 3-point FG shooting (.517) in A-10 games. Rakers averages 14.8 points in A-10 contests.
• Also in league action, Jackie Kemph leads the A-10 with 8.3 assists per game and is second with a 3.85 assist-turnover ratio while averaging 15.5 points. Kemph has committed only 13 turnovers in six A-10 contests, playing all but 17 minutes in those six games.
• The Bills have raised their season free throw accuracy to 73.2 percent by connecting on 78.3 percent (123-of-157) from the stripe over the last eight games.
• Also in their last eight games, the Billikens have registered an assist on 72.3 percent of their field goals. That is significantly higher than their full-season rate of 65 percent.
• Sixth-year head coach Lisa Stone takes a 100-79 record at Saint Louis into the George Mason game. Now in her 32nd season overall as a collegiate head coach, Stone owns a 603-316 career mark.
A LOOK AT THE PATRIOTS
• George Mason returned three starters and seven additional letter winners from its 2016-17 team that finished 13-17 overall and 6-10 (10th) in the Atlantic 10.
• The Patriots carry an 11-0 home record into Wednesday night’s game.
• Freshman guard Nicole Cardano-Hillary leads the A-10 in scoring (18.5 ppg) and steals (2.7 spg). Cardano-Hillary also has a team-high 46 3-pointers.
• Center Natalie Butler, a graduate transfer from Connecticut, leads the nation with 15.4 rebounds per game (4.9 offensive). Butler is second in the A-10 in scoring, tossing in 17.9 points per game.
• Sophomore guard/forward Jacy Bolton, an A-10 All-Rookie selection last year, contributes 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
• Senior guard/forward Tayler Dodson leads Mason in assists (3.2 apg) and pulls down 5.4 rebounds per outing.