WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Massachusetts at Saint Louis
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 • 7 p.m.
WHERE: Chaifetz Arena • St. Louis, Mo.
RECORDS: SLU 15-14, 9-7 Atlantic 10; Massachusetts 14-15, 6-10 Atlantic 10
SLU-MASSACHUSETTS SERIES: SLU leads 11-3 and has won eight straight
SLU-MASSACHUSETTS LAST MEETING: at SLU 64, Massachusetts 63 (1/18/18) RECAP
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: at SLU 85, Dayton 72 (Feb. 24) RECAP
MINUTEWOMEN’S LAST GAME: at Massachusetts 87, Rhode Island 50 (Feb. 24) RECAP
UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: A-10 Championship Quarterfinals • Friday, March 2 • 3:30 p.m. (CT) • Richmond, Va.
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
• For a second consecutive season, Saint Louis hosts UMass in an A-10 Championship first-round game. Last year, the fourth-seeded Billikens defeated the No. 13 Minutewomen 91-51.
• The Billikens, who snapped a three-game skid Saturday by handing Dayton its only conference loss of the season, are the No. 7 seed. The Minutewomen are the No. 10 seed.
• Tuesday night's winner advances to face No. 2 Duquesne in Friday's quarterfinals. The quarterfinals, semifinals and final will be played at Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia.
• Saint Louis is attempting to become the second consecutive No. 7 seed to reach the A-10 Championship title game. Last year, Duquesne upset No. 2 George Washington and No. 3 Saint Joseph's before falling to No. 1 Dayton in the final.
• The Billikens are coming off two straight games in which they scored more than 80 points (85 vs. Dayton, 84 vs. VCU). SLU featured five double-digit scorers in each contest, the first time the Bills have achieved the feat in consecutive A-10 games this season (third time overall).
• Jackie Kemph enters Tuesday night's game with 99 double-digit scoring games in her career. Kemph and Jenny Vliet will play their 129th game in a Billiken uniform, tying the school record set last year by Olivia Jakubicek and Sadie Stipanovich.
• 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 10 double-doubles and has been very close to the feat on several occasions. Gits has been one rebound short six times and a field goal shy once. She was one of only five players to average a double-double in A-10 play (13.4 ppg, 10.5 rpg).
• Paige Rakers finished among the A-10's top 10 in field goal percentage (seventh, .488) and 3-point field goal percentage (ninth, .420) against conference opponents.
• In conference games, SLU led the A-10 in free throw percentage (.783). The Billikens concluded the league slate by going 20-of-25 vs. Dayton, the ninth time this season they have netted 80 percent or higher (all in A-10 play). SLU finished second in scoring (76.1 ppg).
• Saint Louis tied a season low by committing only seven turnovers vs. Dayton, its sixth single-digit total this year.
• Sixth-year head coach Lisa Stone takes a 105-84 record at Saint Louis into the UMass game. Now in her 32nd season overall as a collegiate head coach, Stone owns a 608-321 career mark.
A LOOK AT THE MINUTEWOMEN
• UMass enters Tuesday night’s contest with a three-game winning streak, the longest current streak in the A-10.
• The Minutewomen rank second in the conference in steals (8.2 spg), third in field goal percentage defense (.372) and 3-point field goal percentage (.358), and fourth in offensive rebounds (13.8 orpg).
• Sophomore guard/forward Hailey Leidel leads UMass with 15.9 points per game. Leidel tops the A-10 in free throw percentage (.856), is second in 3-point field goals per game (2.9, 83 total) and ranks fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (.415).
• Freshman guard Bre Hampton-Bey averages 11.3 points and is third in the A-10 in assists (4.2 apg) and steals (2.3 spg).
• Senior center Maggie Mulligan averages a double-double of 11.2 points and 10.3 rebounds (fourth in the A-10). Mulligan is second in the league in blocks (2.2 bpg).
• Junior guard/forward Genesis Rivera contributes 9.7 points per game and is second on the team with 46 3-pointers.