The Saint Louis University women’s basketball team hosts George Mason at 7 pm tomorrow night at Chaifetz Arena on the Saint Louis University campus. The team has quite an evening planned to raise breast cancer awareness, billing this as their annual “Pink Out” game.
The fun will start at 6 pm at Chaifetz. The first 1,000 fans entering the area will receive a pink Saint Louis University basketball t-shirt. Free breast cancer screening stations will be located throughout the concourse area as will representatives from the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, American Lung Association and Ronald McDonald House. Mascots from various St. Louis professional sports teams will be on hand as well. Fredbird from the St. Louis Cardinals, Rampage from the St. Louis Rams, Ruffy from the River City Rascals and of course The Billiken are scheduled to appear to delight young and old fans alike.
Sadly, Louie from the St. Louis Blues likely will not be in attendance as the St. Louis Blues host Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night at Scottrade Center.
Also to be found in the concourse area will be free sign-making, face-painting, balloon animals. A free photo booth will also be set up.
Concession stands will be selling popcorn and soda for $1 each throughout the game. All fans in attendance are asked to wear pink to the game. The Billikens will be also be wearing pink shoes on the floor.
Billikens head coach Lisa Stone had this to say to SluBillikens.com
“For many years, women’s college basketball has been at the forefront in the battle against breast cancer. The Billikens are proud to do our part in raising awareness of breast cancer, while at the same time providing our fans a fun-filled evening at Chaifetz Arena. We look forward to playing in front of what is expected to be a big crowd, and we invite everyone to join us for this very special event.”
The Billikens are 13-13 on the season after a tough 57-55 loss to St. Bonaventure at home on Wednesday night. Coach Stone’s team had won their previous two games before that game, including a 79-61 dismantling of George Washington. The Colonials came into that game ranked as high as 20th in National polls and had won 19 games in a row. It was time the Saint Louis University women’s basketball team had beat a ranked opponent in 12 seasons. In acknowledgment of their wins against GW and Dayton that week, the team was named the NCAA Women’s Basketball Team of the Week.
The Billikens are led by Sadie Stipanovich, the daughter of Steve Stipanovich. “Stipo”, as he was known, starred at Desmet Jesuit in St. Louis before heading off to the University of Missouri and teaming with Jon Sundvold during an All-American career that saw the Tigers win four consecutive Big 8 conference titles. Stipanovich was drafted #2 overall in the 1983 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers and played five seasons there before knee problems forced his retirement. His sophomore daughter is currently averaging 14 points and 6.5 rebounds per game on the season. Stipanovich was named the Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week last week.
Freshman Jenny Vliet received the A-10’s conference Rookie of the Week last week as well. She was 8-of-14 from three-point range in SLU’s wins over George Washington and Davidson while registering 28 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the two wins.
Tickets to the game are priced at $10 for adults and $5 for children and are available through Ticketmaster, at the box office or by calling (314) 977-4SLU.
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