WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Duquesne at Saint Louis
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 • 7 p.m. CST
WHERE: Chaifetz Arena • St. Louis, Mo.
RECORDS: SLU 14-11, 8-4 Atlantic 10; Duquesne 20-5, 10-2 Atlantic 10
SLU-DUQUESNE SERIES: Duquesne leads 10-4
SLU-DUQUESNE LAST MEETING: at Duquesne 94, Saint Louis 65 (1/18/17) RECAP
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: SLU 70, at Rhode Island 66 (Feb. 10) RECAP
DUKES’ LAST GAME: Saint Joseph’s 69, at Duquesne 50 (Feb. 10) RECAP
UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: George Washington • Saturday, Feb. 17 • 2 p.m. • Chaifetz Arena
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
• The Saint Louis Billikens play three of their final four regular-season games at home, a stretch that begins Wednesday, Feb. 14, against a Duquesne team that is tied for the most wins (20) in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
• Saint Louis has won four of its last five and comes into Wednesday night's game tied with George Mason for fourth place in the A-10 at 8-4. At 10-2, Duquesne stands either second or third in the conference depending on the outcome of Fordham's Tuesday night game vs. La Salle.
• The Billikens have a 33-11 record in A-10 games since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, tying George Washington for the top spot in the conference.
• Saint Louis is the only team with three players among the A-10's top 12 in 3-point field goal percentage (all games). Paige Rakers (.396) ranks seventh, Jordyn Frantz (.381) is 10th and Jenny Vliet (.366) is 12th. The trio are battling for the team lead in 3-pointers; Frantz leads with 43, followed by Rakers with 42 and Vliet with 41.
• SLU has produced high-scoring second halves vs. A-10 opponents, averaging 41.5 points following intermission. SLU scored at least 42 second-half points in nine of those 12 contests.
• In conference games only, SLU is challenging for the A-10 lead in scoring offense. The Billikens' 77.1 points per game are second to Dayton's 77.4.
• In free throw percentage, Saint Louis leads the A-10 in conference games (.808) and is second in the league in all games (.754 to Fordham's .755). Jackie Kemph (.873) leads the A-10 in conference play. The Billikens have been on fire from the stripe recently, connecting on 46-of-50 (.920) over the last three games and 74-of-87 (.851) in the last five outings.
• SLU has taken good care of the ball in recent games. The Billikens have averaged just 10.3 turnovers in their last three contests, including a season-low seven at La Salle.
• Saint Louis has produced a double-digit steal total in two of its last three outings. The Bills registered a season-high 11 thefts vs. Davidson and had 10 takeaways at Rhode Island.
• Jackie Kemph owns a commanding lead in assists in the A-10. She dishes 7.7 per game, 2.9 more than the second-place player. Kemph is on pace to have career bests for a season in assists per game, A-TO ratio (currently 2.64) and fewest turnovers per 40 minutes (currently 3.08). Her 6.89 career assist average ranks second among NCAA Division I active players.
• Maddison Gits pulls down 11 rebounds per game vs. A-10 opponents.
• Sixth-year head coach Lisa Stone takes a 104-81 record at Saint Louis into the Duquesne game. Now in her 32nd season overall as a collegiate head coach, Stone owns a 607-318 career mark.
A LOOK AT THE DUKES
• Duquesne returned two starters and 10 additional players from its 2016-17 team that was 18-16 overall and 8-8 (tied for seventh) in the A-10. The Dukes lost to Dayton in the A-10 Championship final and to Drexel in the WNIT first round.
• The Dukes rank among the top five in the A-10 in almost every statistical category. They lead the league in 3-point field goals (8.1/game) and blocks (5.9 bpg).
• Junior guards Julijana Vojinovic and Chassidy Omogrosso are Duquesne’s top two players. Vojinovic is tied for the A-10 lead in 3-point field goals (2.9/game, 73 total), ranks third in 3-point field goal percentage (.445) and free throw percentage (.856), and is fifth in scoring (16.9 ppg). Omogrosso is tied for third in 3-pointers (2.7/game, 68 total) and ranks eighth in scoring (16.2 ppg) and 3-point field goal percentage (.395).
• Junior guard/forward Kadri-Ann Lass carries averages of 10.5 points and 6.4 rebounds. Lass leads the A-10 with 3.4 blocks per game.
• Redshirt-sophomore forward Eniko Kuttor collects a team-high 7.0 rebounds per game.