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Coach Stone has SLU women’s basketball on the rise

Lisa Johnston |
Lisa Stone, the 2015-16 A-10 Coach of the Year, has lead the St. Louis University women’s basketball team for five years and has a 67-61 record at the school. She coached the team in timeout in the Billikins’ 90-49 victory over Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Nov. 15 at Chaifetz Arena.

Coach Lisa Stone has the St. Louis University women's basketball program thriving.

The 2015-16 Billikens enjoyed the most successful season in program history: a school-record 26 victories; a share of its first conference title; and reaching the third round of the WNIT.

SLU promises to be equally good or even better this year, with the team off to a 5-0 start.

Girls are pumped about lessons learned on the run

Lisa Johnston | | twitter: @aeternusphoto

Mia Gordon, a fourth-grader, ran running drills with other girls at St. Ambrose School in a Girls on the Run practice. The school was selected for a special practice with Lisa Stone, women’s basketball coach at St. Louis University, and a few of the SLU women’s basketball players.

Third-grader Maddie Ruggeri and fourth-grader Eliza Kelly had just finished doing jumping jacks, running in place and laps inside the gym and playing a game that kept them moving. They were about to do more activities outside.

As participants in the Girls of the Run St. Louis program at St. Ambrose School in the "Hill" neighborhood of south St. Louis, they didn't want to talk about the fun exercises. Instead, they focused on the life lessons they were learning.

"I like it because girls can be themselves and express their feelings while having fun," Maddi said.

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