WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Dayton at Saint Louis
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 • 2 p.m. CST
WHERE: Chaifetz Arena • St. Louis, Mo.
RECORDS: SLU 14-14, 8-7 Atlantic 10; Dayton 22-4, 15-0 Atlantic 10
SLU-DAYTON SERIES: Dayton leads 29-8
SLU-DAYTON LAST MEETING: at Dayton 101, SLU 76 (1/14/18) RECAP
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: at VCU 88, SLU 84 (OT) (Feb. 21) RECAP
FLYERS’ LAST GAME: at Dayton 71, George Mason 66 (Feb. 21) RECAP
UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: A-10 Championship First Round • Tuesday, Feb. 27 • 7 p.m. • Chaifetz Arena
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
• Saint Louis and Dayton wrap up the regular season Saturday, Feb. 24, with their second meeting of the 2017-18 campaign.
• SLU has secured an Atlantic 10 Conference Championship first-round home game, which will be played Tuesday, Feb. 27. However, the Billikens' seeding and first-round opponent are to be determined. Saint Louis enters Saturday’s game in seventh place and will be either the No. 6 or No. 7 seed.
• Saturday's game matches the top two scoring teams in the A-10. Dayton leads the league in all games (74.7 ppg) and conference games (77.1 ppg), while Saint Louis is second in all games (72.8 ppg) and league games (75.5 ppg).
• The teams rank 1-2 in the conference in two other categories. In assist-turnover ratio (A-10 games only), Saint Louis leads the way at 1.37, while Dayton is second at 1.34. In field goal percentage (all games), the Flyers lead at .436, followed closely by the Billikens at .435.
• For a second time in her career, Jackie Kemph has been selected to the District 6 Academic All-District team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Kemph, who is pursuing a master's degree in accounting, advances to the Academic All-America ballot.
• Maddison Gits has a team-high nine double-doubles and has been very close to the feat several other times. Gits has been one rebound short on six occasions and one field goal shy in one other game.
• In conference games only, the Billikens lead the A-10 in free throw percentage (.782), assists (17.0 apg) and assist-turnover ratio (1.37). Jackie Kemph is atop the A-10 in assists (7.3 apg) and free throw percentage (.857).
• In addition, Saint Louis ranks second in scoring (75.5 ppg); third in field goal percentage (.432), 3-point field goal percentage (.346), defensive rebounding (28.4 drpg) and blocks (4.2 bpg); fourth in fewest turnovers (12.4 tpg); and fourth in 3-point field goals (7.3/game).
• Sixth-year head coach Lisa Stone takes a 104-84 record at Saint Louis into the Dayton game. Now in her 32nd season overall as a collegiate head coach, Stone owns a 607-321 career mark.
A LOOK AT THE FLYERS
• Carrying a 16-game winning streak, Dayton already has clinched the A-10 regular-season crown and a first-round tournament bye. The Flyers are attempting to become just the fourth team in A-10 history to finish 16-0 in league play, joining Temple (2004-05), George Washington (1996-97) and West Virginia (1991-92).
• Senior guard Jenna Burdette leads Dayton and ranks eighth in the A-10 in scoring (16.3 ppg). Burdette shoots a league-best .472 from 3-point range.
• Sophomore guard Jayla Scaife ranks second on the team with 14.8 points per game.
• Junior guard Lauren Cannatelli averages 13.4 points and leads the A-10 in 3-pointers per game (2.9). Cannatelli ranks fifth in the conference in 3-point percentage (.417).
• Senior guard JaVonna Layfield scores 11.8 points per game while leading the Flyers and ranking third in the A-10 in rebounding (13.1 rpg). Layfield’s .538 field goal shooting mark leads the A-10.
• Fifth-year senior forward/center Alex Harris contributes 8.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.