MACOMB, Ill. - Fighting Leatherneck women's basketball returns to the court for the final contest of their three-game road swing at Saint Louis this Saturday (Nov. 24). Tip off is scheduled for 2 p.m. between Western, who is 1-3 overall, and the Billikens, who are also 1-3 on the young season.
Last time out on Monday (Nov. 19), the Leathernecks dropped a 68-58 game to the Cougars of SIUE in Edwardsville, Ill. Freshman Michelle Maher was the bright spot of the contest knocking down a career high 22 points, 11 in each half of play. She sunk five of 11 shots taken from three-point range, also a career best. Senior Michele Salvatori pulled down a squad high seven rebounds and contributed nine points.
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A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS: Saint Louis, a member of the Atlantic 10 athletic conference, brings an overall record of 1-3 into Saturday's matchup...Lorreal Jones has a team high 47 points (11.8 ppg) and is followed by Courtney Webb with 41 (10.3 ppg)...Jones also paces the squad in rebounds pulling down 31 (7.8 rpg)...Jacy Bradley leads in assists with 15 and steals with six...The Billiken roster consists of one freshman, four sophomores, four juniors and three seniors...Saint Louis is coached by first-year head coach Lisa Stone.
LAST MEETING: In the teams' last matchup on Dec. 10, 2006, the Billikens came away with an 84-58 victory over the Leathernecks.
LEATHERNECK LEADER BOARD: Senior Saule Kontautaite leads in points with 53, followed tightly by freshmen Charnelle Reed (52) and Michelle Maher (51)...Kontautaite and Maher each have a team high 10 three-pointers...Junior Rebecca Henricson has 19 assists and 12 steals thus far...Senior Michele Salvatori paces the team in rebounds with 21...Junior Rachel Evans and freshman Ashley Luke share the lead in blocked shots with three apiece.
SUMMIT LEAGUE PULSE: IUPUI, Oakland and Omaha are each 3-1 thus far, while South Dakota State sits just above .500 with a 3-2 mark...North Dakota State is an even 3-3, Kansas City is 2-3 and Fort Wayne is 1-2...Western and South Dakota are each 1-3.
CLIMBING THE RANKS: Western Illinois is first in the conference hitting 40 three-pointers, second in steals per game (11), second in assists per game (16.8), second in three-point percentage (39.2), third in points per game (67.2) and third in field goal percentage (43.4).
TOP FIVE: Junior Rebecca Henricson is second in the Summit League standings in steals swiping 12 and third in the standings in assists with 19...Freshman Charnelle Reed is third in three-point shot percentage (64.3), fourth in field goal percentage (54.5) and fifth in three-pointers per game (2.2/3.5)...Senior Saule Kontautaite and freshman Michelle Maher are both ranked fourth in three-point shots made per game (2.5/7.0).
KONTAUTAITE PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE, WESTERN PICKED 7th: Western Illinois senior guard Saule Kontautaite earned a spot on the preseason All-Summit League selections while the Leathernecks were picked to finish seventh in the poll, announced by the league office on Thursday (Oct. 18)...Head coaches, sports information directors and select media members voted in the poll...Last year Kontautaite was voted as the league’s ‘Newcomer of the Year’, and this year earned a spot on the preseason Second Team... She averaged 9.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game while setting a program record hitting 67 3-point field goals. The senior guard started in 12 of her 31 games played...South Dakota State received 22 of the 25 first-place votes and was picked to repeat receiving 330 points...Kansas City, the tournament runner-up last year, received a first-place vote and tallied 260 points...Oakland (234) and North Dakota State (221) went third and fourth, respectively...IUPUI earned a first-place vote with 213 total points for fifth...South Dakota registered 151 points, just ahead of Western’s 138 points...Fort Wayne got the other first-place vote and recorded 96 points while Omaha’s 43 points rounded out the preseason poll.