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Agree with everything you stated, but add two transfers sitting on the bench and two highly regarded recruits to the mix. Next year should be even better. Although, I anticipate a big jump in the quality of the non-conference schedule, which will impact the overall record.

Coach Stone and her staff are terrific!

Which 2 on the bench are transfers and who are the recruits and what do you know about them?

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Which 2 on the bench are transfers and who are the recruits and what do you know about them?

6-foot-2 forward Hannah Frazier (Batavia, Ill./Batavia H.S.) and 6-2 forward Kendra Wilken (Bartelso, Ill./Breese Central Community H.S.).

http://www.slubillikens.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=632636&SPID=93216&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=27200&ATCLID=210488190

Wilken was AP Class 2A First Team All-State and 1A/2A IBCA (Illinois Basketball Coaches Assoc) and Frazier was AP Class 4A First Team All-State and 3A/4A IBCA 1st Team

Plus they get the transfer redshirts - Kerri McMahan from U of Akron and Paige Rakers from U of Michigan - both guards with 2 years of eligibility left.

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So it seems as if they've found suitable replacements for the 2 graduating senior starters, and then some.

Very promising.

Not just replacements, but significant improvements. The talent level has been getting better every year. If what people have said about the 2017 recruit is true, then the women's team will have a 6'0" version of Jackie Kemph in 2017....

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So it seems as if they've found suitable replacements for the 2 graduating senior starters, and then some.

Very promising.

They'll miss Messy Price's defense and leadership, but the cupboard is very full. Coach Stone has a commitment from a PG out of Louisville who, I'm told, is terrific. She'll be signing in November for the 2017-18 season.

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If I were Coach Stone I would have Jackie work all summer on her 3 point shooting. If she became a better long range shooter it would open up more lanes to the basket where she is incredible driving the basketball.

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Which 2 on the bench are transfers and who are the recruits and what do you know about them?

6-foot-2 forward Hannah Frazier (Batavia, Ill./Batavia H.S.) and 6-2 forward Kendra Wilken (Bartelso, Ill./Breese Central Community H.S.).

http://www.slubillikens.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=632636&SPID=93216&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=27200&ATCLID=210488190

Wilken was AP Class 2A First Team All-State and 1A/2A IBCA (Illinois Basketball Coaches Assoc) and Frazier was AP Class 4A First Team All-State and 3A/4A IBCA 1st Tea

Plus they get the transfer redshirts - Kerri McMahan from U of Akron and Paige Rakers from U of Michigan - both guards with 2 years of eligibility left.

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Here's the press release on Raker's transfer:

Saint Louis University head women’s basketball coach Lisa Stone has announced the addition of 5-foot-11 guard Paige Rakers (Carlyle, Ill./Carlyle H.S.) to the Billiken roster. Rakers, who played at the University of Michigan the past two seasons, will sit out the 2015-16 campaign per NCAA transfer rules before beginning her two years of remaining eligibility in the fall of 2016.

“It is my pleasure to welcome Paige Rakers to our Billiken family,” Stone said. “Paige is from nearby Carlyle, Ill., and played for the St. Louis Team Adidas AAU program. She has two years of experience in the Big Ten Conference and will be a great addition to our backcourt. Paige is a great shooter, has a high basketball IQ and can defend very well on the perimeter.”

An injury limited Rakers, who was selected to the Big Ten All-Academic team, to nine games in the recently completed season. However, she played in 32 of Michigan’s 34 contests as a freshman, including two starts, and helped the Wolverines reach the WNIT third round. Rakers averaged 13.9 minutes and tallied 4.4 points per game during her rookie campaign, registering most of her scoring on 32 3-point field goals. She also shot 89 percent (16-of-18) from the foul line.

Rakers’ career highs include 12 points (four 3-pointers) vs. No. 15 LSU and seven rebounds vs. Texas Tech. She enjoyed an 11-point outing (three 3-pointers) vs. Alcorn State and connected three times from beyond the arc vs. Stony Brook in the WNIT first round. Rakers sank at least one 3-pointer in 21 of 32 games.

At Carlyle, Rakers scored 1,952 career points (22 ppg) and earned first-team All-State honors as a senior and second-team All-State accolades as a junior. She twice was named area Player of the Year by the Belleville News-Democrat, garnered All-Conference plaudits all four years and was the Illinois High School Association Three-Point Queen of the Hill in 2012.

A three-sport standout, Rakers was awarded 12 Carlyle varsity letters. She was a four-time All-Area and All-Conference softball player and a two-time All-Conference volleyball performer. Rakers graduated third in her class.

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Here's the press release on Raker's transfer:

Saint Louis University head women’s basketball coach Lisa Stone has announced the addition of 5-foot-11 guard Paige Rakers (Carlyle, Ill./Carlyle H.S.) to the Billiken roster. Rakers, who played at the University of Michigan the past two seasons, will sit out the 2015-16 campaign per NCAA transfer rules before beginning her two years of remaining eligibility in the fall of 2016.

“It is my pleasure to welcome Paige Rakers to our Billiken family,” Stone said. “Paige is from nearby Carlyle, Ill., and played for the St. Louis Team Adidas AAU program. She has two years of experience in the Big Ten Conference and will be a great addition to our backcourt. Paige is a great shooter, has a high basketball IQ and can defend very well on the perimeter.”

An injury limited Rakers, who was selected to the Big Ten All-Academic team, to nine games in the recently completed season. However, she played in 32 of Michigan’s 34 contests as a freshman, including two starts, and helped the Wolverines reach the WNIT third round. Rakers averaged 13.9 minutes and tallied 4.4 points per game during her rookie campaign, registering most of her scoring on 32 3-point field goals. She also shot 89 percent (16-of-18) from the foul line.

Rakers’ career highs include 12 points (four 3-pointers) vs. No. 15 LSU and seven rebounds vs. Texas Tech. She enjoyed an 11-point outing (three 3-pointers) vs. Alcorn State and connected three times from beyond the arc vs. Stony Brook in the WNIT first round. Rakers sank at least one 3-pointer in 21 of 32 games.

At Carlyle, Rakers scored 1,952 career points (22 ppg) and earned first-team All-State honors as a senior and second-team All-State accolades as a junior. She twice was named area Player of the Year by the Belleville News-Democrat, garnered All-Conference plaudits all four years and was the Illinois High School Association Three-Point Queen of the Hill in 2012.

A three-sport standout, Rakers was awarded 12 Carlyle varsity letters. She was a four-time All-Area and All-Conference softball player and a two-time All-Conference volleyball performer. Rakers graduated third in her class.

-sounds good

-I really like kids that can get to this level while playing other sports and being good students, 3rd in her class is way above good

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-sounds good

-I really like kids that can get to this level while playing other sports and being good students, 3rd in her class is way above good

Looks like McMahan is an accomplished athlete as well.

Started all 31 contests as a freshman in 2014-15, registering 6.3 points, 3.6 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game … was named to the Mid-American Conference All-Freshman team … ranked fifth in the conference in assists (3.6) and sixth in assist-turnover ratio (1.4 to 1) … shot 44 percent from the field … led the team in assists (112) and assists per game … ranked third in steals (31), fourth in scoring and offensive rebounds (30), and fifth in defensive rebounds (62) and total rebounds (92) … averaged 5.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists in league play … in league games, ranked sixth in assist-turnover ratio (1.4) and 10th in assists (3.2) in the MAC … turned in seven double-figure scoring efforts, including a career-best 16 points in a home win over Toledo … pulled down a career-high eight rebounds at Ohio … narrowly missed a double-double vs. Valparaiso (13 points, career-high nine assists) … had eight points, seven rebounds and six assists at Miami … had a positive assist-turnover ratio in 22 games … led the team in assists 13 times … graduated as the only girls’ basketball player in Novi High School history to surpass 1,000 points, finishing with 1,069 points for her career … set the school single-game scoring record (32 points) … led her team to four division titles … four-time All-Conference selection … named Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) All-State first team as a junior and senior … two-time All-Oakland County first-team selection … three-time area Player of the Year … received BCAM Academic All-State recognition as a junior and senior … averaged 18.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 steals during her senior season … was also an All-State cross country runner as a freshman and the fifth-fastest freshman in Michigan … three-time All-State in the 4x400-meter relay … four-time All-State high-jumper … was the only student-athlete in school history to earn All-State honors in three different sports.

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Looks like McMahan is an accomplished athlete as well.

Started all 31 contests as a freshman in 2014-15, registering 6.3 points, 3.6 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game … was named to the Mid-American Conference All-Freshman team … ranked fifth in the conference in assists (3.6) and sixth in assist-turnover ratio (1.4 to 1) … shot 44 percent from the field … led the team in assists (112) and assists per game … ranked third in steals (31), fourth in scoring and offensive rebounds (30), and fifth in defensive rebounds (62) and total rebounds (92) … averaged 5.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists in league play … in league games, ranked sixth in assist-turnover ratio (1.4) and 10th in assists (3.2) in the MAC … turned in seven double-figure scoring efforts, including a career-best 16 points in a home win over Toledo … pulled down a career-high eight rebounds at Ohio … narrowly missed a double-double vs. Valparaiso (13 points, career-high nine assists) … had eight points, seven rebounds and six assists at Miami … had a positive assist-turnover ratio in 22 games … led the team in assists 13 times … graduated as the only girls’ basketball player in Novi High School history to surpass 1,000 points, finishing with 1,069 points for her career … set the school single-game scoring record (32 points) … led her team to four division titles … four-time All-Conference selection … named Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) All-State first team as a junior and senior … two-time All-Oakland County first-team selection … three-time area Player of the Year … received BCAM Academic All-State recognition as a junior and senior … averaged 18.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 steals during her senior season … was also an All-State cross country runner as a freshman and the fifth-fastest freshman in Michigan … three-time All-State in the 4x400-meter relay … four-time All-State high-jumper … was the only student-athlete in school history to earn All-State honors in three different sports.[/size]

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Looks like McMahan is an accomplished athlete as well.

Started all 31 contests as a freshman in 2014-15, registering 6.3 points, 3.6 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game was named to the Mid-American Conference All-Freshman team ranked fifth in the conference in assists (3.6) and sixth in assist-turnover ratio (1.4 to 1) shot 44 percent from the field led the team in assists (112) and assists per game ranked third in steals (31), fourth in scoring and offensive rebounds (30), and fifth in defensive rebounds (62) and total rebounds (92) averaged 5.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists in league play in league games, ranked sixth in assist-turnover ratio (1.4) and 10th in assists (3.2) in the MAC turned in seven double-figure scoring efforts, including a career-best 16 points in a home win over Toledo pulled down a career-high eight rebounds at Ohio narrowly missed a double-double vs. Valparaiso (13 points, career-high nine assists) had eight points, seven rebounds and six assists at Miami had a positive assist-turnover ratio in 22 games led the team in assists 13 times graduated as the only girls basketball player in Novi High School history to surpass 1,000 points, finishing with 1,069 points for her career set the school single-game scoring record (32 points) led her team to four division titles four-time All-Conference selection named Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) All-State first team as a junior and senior two-time All-Oakland County first-team selection three-time area Player of the Year received BCAM Academic All-State recognition as a junior and senior averaged 18.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 steals during her senior season was also an All-State cross country runner as a freshman and the fifth-fastest freshman in Michigan three-time All-State in the 4x400-meter relay four-time All-State high-jumper was the only student-athlete in school history to earn All-State honors in three different sports.

Holy $#*%

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Congrats again to the women's BB team for a great season. Just one question, though - what's up with that A10 trophy? Is that the Billiken inside it or some other evil (but apparently happy) creature???

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Good one! I'm sure you realize that's a reflection of the arena's interior off of its shiny surface.

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