WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Fordham at Saint Louis
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 • 11 a.m. CST
WHERE: Chaifetz Arena • St. Louis, Mo.
RECORDS: SLU 11-10, 5-3 Atlantic 10; Fordham 17-5, 8-1 Atlantic 10
SLU-FORDHAM SERIES: SLU leads 9-7
SLU-FORDHAM LAST MEETING: at Fordham 66, Saint Louis 63 (Jan. 6) RECAP
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: SLU 72, at George Washington 69 (OT) (Jan. 27) RECAP
RAMS’ LAST GAME: Fordham 67, at George Mason 62 (Jan. 28) RECAP
UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: Davidson • Sunday, Feb. 4 • 2 p.m. • Chaifetz Arena
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
• Following a dramatic, come-from-behind overtime victory at George Washington last Saturday, the Saint Louis Billikens begin the second half of the Atlantic 10 Conference schedule Wednesday, Jan. 31, by facing the Fordham Rams for a second time this season.
• Wednesday's game is the first of three A-10 rematches, all at home, for Saint Louis. In February, the Billikens face George Washington and Dayton for a second time. In the first meetings, SLU defeated George Washington and lost to Fordham and Dayton.
• Since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, Saint Louis has a 30-10 record in A-10 games, tying George Washington for the top spot in the conference.
• The Billikens' win at George Washington was their second A-10 victory this season in a game that saw them trail by a significant margin in the second half. SLU faced a nine-point deficit in the third quarter of the UMass game and trailed GW by 11 points late in the third.
• A Saint Louis victory today would be the 78th for the Billiken seniors, which would tie them for the winningest class in program history. Last year's senior class had 78 wins.
• Jackie Kemph owns a commanding lead in assists in the A-10. She dishes 7.6 per game, 3.1 more per game than second-place Mariah Ruff of St. Bonaventure. Kemph is on pace to have career highs for a season in assists per game and A-TO ratio (currently 2.76).
• The Billikens have averaged 77.8 points in their last 10 outings.
• The Bills have raised their season free throw accuracy to 73 percent by connecting on 77.2 percent (139-of-180) from the stripe over the last 10 games.
• Saint Louis features two players among the conference's top 10 in 3-point percentage. Jordyn Frantz (.396) is eighth, while Paige Rakers ranks ninth (.395).
• In A-10 games, SLU leads the league in free throw percentage (.776) and assist-turnover ratio (1.39). The Billikens are second in scoring (75.0 ppg), defensive rebounding (29.4 drpg), assists (17.8 bpg), 3-point field goals (7.8/game) and blocks (5.1 bpg).
• Paige Rakers is third in league games only in 3-point FG percentage (.465) and tied for seventh in 3-pointers per game (2.5).
• Maddison Gits is pulling down 10.4 rebounds per game vs. A-10 opponents.
• Also in conference play, Jackie Kemph has just 19 turnovers (2.5 per 40 minutes) while playing all but 19 minutes.
• Sixth-year head coach Lisa Stone takes a 101-80 record at Saint Louis into the George Washington game. Now in her 32nd season overall as a collegiate head coach, Stone owns a 604-317 career mark.
A LOOK AT THE RAMS
• Fordham has three starters and three additional letter winners back from last year's team that was 22-12 overall and 11-5 (fifth place) in the A-10. The Rams reached the WNIT second round. The Rams are currently in third place in the league with just one loss in A-10 play.
•Senior forward G’mrice Davis leads Fordham with 16.7 points per game. Davis also leads the team in rebounds with 279 total, an impressive average of 13.3 per contest. Currently, the native of Philadelphia ranks fifth in the A-10 in scoring average and second in rebounds per game.
• Redshirt freshman guard Bre Cavanaugh ranks a close second on the team in scoring with 16.0 points per game, but leads the team in total points with 353, just two more than Davis.
• Junior guard Lauren Holden leads the Rams with 44 three-pointers on the season and leads the team in three-point field goal percentage with 33.1 percent. She is third on the team in scoring average with 10 points per game in 2017-18. Holden also leads the team in assists with 2.52 per game.
• Freshman Johanna Klug leads the Rams in shooting from the floor on the year with 56.7 percent. She averages 6.0 points per game.
• In six seasons at the helm, Coach Stephanie Gaitley has racked-up an impressive 120-76 record. Also in her 32nd season as a collegiate head coach, Gaitley has amassed a record of 584-346 in her first 31 seasons.