WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Saint Louis at George Washington
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 • 11 a.m. CST
WHERE: Charles E. Smith Center • Washington, D.C.
RECORDS: SLU 10-10, 4-3 Atlantic 10; George Washington 9-10, 4-3 Atlantic 10
SLU-GEORGE WASHINGTON SERIES: George Washington leads 10-3
SLU-GEORGE WASHINGTON LAST MEETING: at Saint Louis 67, George Washington 59 (1/26/17) RECAP
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: at George Mason 81, Saint Louis 72 (Jan. 24) RECAP
COLONIALS’ LAST GAME: at George Washington 65, Rhode Island 52 (Jan. 24) RECAP
UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: Fordham • Wednesday, Jan. 31 • 11 a.m. • Chaifetz Arena
GAME NOTES: Saint Louis
GAME NOTES: George Washington
LIVE AUDIO (SLU): A-10 Digital Network (Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you encounter difficulty.)
LIVE VIDEO: A-10 Digital Network
LIVE STATS: Gametracker
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
• Saint Louis’ contest at George Washington Saturday, Jan. 27, marks the halfway point of the 16-game Atlantic 10 Conference schedule for the Billikens, who come in looking to shake off Wednesday's 81-72 loss at George Mason.
• SLU, George Washington and Saint Joseph's begin play Saturday tied for fifth place in the A-10 at 4-3.
• Since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, George Washington (30-9) and Saint Louis (29-10) own the A-10's two best records in conference games.
• 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.
• Kemph owns a commanding lead in assists in the A-10. She dishes 7.8 per game, 3.3 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 2.72).
• The Billikens have averaged 78.4 points in their last nine outings. SLU scored at least 76 points in six of those nine games.
• The Bills have raised their season free throw accuracy to 72.8 percent by connecting on 77.2 percent (129-of-167) from the stripe over the last nine games.
• Saint Louis has an outstanding 1.66 assist-turnover ratio over the last five games. The Billikens enjoyed two games in that span with a season-low eight turnovers (Dayton, Saint Joseph's) and averaged just 11.2 miscues in the five contests.
• The Billikens lead the A-10 in FG percentage (.434) and are the only team with two players among the top 10 individuals – Maddison Gits (third, .520) and Paige Rakers (10th, .473).
• Saint Louis also features two players among the conference's top 10 in 3-point percentage. Paige Rakers (.413) is sixth, while Jordyn Frantz ranks eighth (.394).
• In A-10 games, SLU leads the league in free throw percentage (.777), assists (18.4 apg) and assist-turnover ratio (1.48). The Billikens are second in scoring (75.4 ppg), defensive rebounding (29.3 drpg), blocks (5.4 bpg) and 3-point field goals (7.7/game).
• Paige Rakers tops the conference in 3-point FG percentage (.514) and is second in overall FG shooting (.548) in A-10 games. Rakers averages a team-high 15.0 points in A-10 contests.
• Also in league action, Jackie Kemph leads the A-10 with 8.0 assists per game. Kemph has committed only 18 turnovers in seven A-10 contests, playing all but 18 minutes.
• Sixth-year head coach Lisa Stone takes a 100-80 record at Saint Louis into the George Washington game. Now in her 32nd season overall as a collegiate head coach, Stone owns a 603-317 career mark.
A LOOK AT THE COLONIALS
• George Washington returned two starters and four additional letter winners from its 2016-17 team that finished 20-10 overall and tied for the A-10 regular-season title with a 13-3 league mark. The Colonials were selected for the WNIT.
• Senior guard Brianna Cummings leads GW with 14.4 points per game. Cummings hauls in 6.0 rebounds per game and is fourth in the A-10 in free throw percentage (.851).
• Senior forward Kelli Prange is second on the team in scoring (13.3 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg).
• Junior forward Kelsi Mahoney leads the Colonials with 37 3-pointers and scores 8.6 points per game.
• Junior guard Mei-Lyn Bautista has team-best averages of 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals. Bautista leads the A-10 in assist-turnover ratio (2.93).
• Freshman forward Neila Luma tops the GW rebounding chart with 6.5 boards per game.