A-10 Championship Quarterfinal: Saint Louis vs. Duquesne
WHEN: Friday, March 2, 2018 • 3:30 p.m. (CST)
WHERE: Richmond Coliseum • Richmond, Virginia
RECORDS: SLU 16-14, Duquesne 23-6
SLU-DUQUESNE SERIES: Duquesne leads 11-4
SLU-DUQUESNE LAST MEETING: Duquesne 76, at SLU 66 (2/14/18) RECAP
BILLIKENS’ LAST GAME: at SLU 70, Massachusetts 64 (Feb. 27) RECAP
DUKES’ LAST GAME: Duquesne 76, at St. Bonaventure 73 (Feb. 24) RECAP
UP NEXT FOR THE BILLIKENS: A-10 Championship Semifinal • Saturday, March 3 • 12:30 p.m. (CST) • Richmond, Va.
LIVE VIDEO: A-10 Digital Network (Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you encounter difficulty.)
LIVE STATS: StatBroadcast
GAME NOTES: Saint Louis
GAME NOTES: Duquesne
STATISTICS: Saint Louis
• After rallying for a 70-64 victory over UMass in the opening round Tuesday night, No. 7 seed Saint Louis meets No. 2 seed Duquesne in an A-10 Championship quarterfinal battle Friday, March 2.
• The Billikens have won their last two games, having topped Dayton 85-72 in the regular-season finale. Duquesne comes in with wins in three of its last four outings.
• Friday's winner advances to face either No. 3 Fordham or No. 6 Saint Joseph's in Saturday's semifinals at 12:30 p.m. (CST).
• 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.
• Friday’s game features four A-10 postseason honorees. SLU’s Jackie Kemph and Duquesne’s Chassidy Omogrosso were selected to the All-Conference first team. The Dukes’ Julijana Vojinovic and Kadri-Ann Lass made the All-Conference second team and All-Defensive team, respectively.
• Saint Louis and Duquesne are two of the A-10’s most prolific offenses. The Billikens rank second in the league in scoring offense (73.1 ppg), while the Dukes are third (70.6 ppg).
• The teams’ field goal shooting percentages are separated by a fraction. SLU leads the conference at .433, and Duquesne is tied for third at .431.
• The Billikens and Dukes are 1-2 in the A-10 in assists. Saint Louis records 16.6 helpers per game, followed by Duquesne with 15.7.
• Both teams rank among the league’s top four in 3-pointers. Duquesne is tied for second with 8.0 treys per game, while SLU is fourth with 7.1.
• Jackie Kemph and Jenny Vliet will play their 130th game in a SLU uniform Friday, breaking the previous school record of 129 set last year by Olivia Jakubicek and Sadie Stipanovich.
• Jackie Kemph enters Friday's game with 100 double-digit scoring games in her career.
• 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.
• Jackie Kemph registered eight assists and did not commit a turnover in SLU's first-round win over UMass. It was the 11th game this season in which Kemph notched at least seven assists and committed two or fewer turnovers.
• In conference games, SLU led the A-10 in free throw percentage (.783). The Billikens were 17-of-21 (.810) Tuesday vs. UMass, the 10th time this season – sixth time in the last eight games – they have shot 80 percent or higher (all vs. A-10 opponents).
• Saint Louis committed a season-low five turnovers vs. UMass, its seventh single-digit total this year and second in a row after turning it over just seven times vs. Dayton. Four of those single-digit totals have come over the last seven games.
• The Billikens' offense has clicked in the second half in recent outings. SLU scored 41 or more points after intermission in each of the last three games.
• Sixth-year head coach Lisa Stone takes a 106-84 record at Saint Louis into the Duquesne game. Now in her 32nd season overall as a collegiate head coach, Stone owns a 609-321 career mark.