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Head coach Kim Barnes Arico
On the progress of Da'Shena Stevens rehabilitation:
"Da'Shena went to the doctor Friday (Dec. 2). The doctor said things looked good and we are going to start gradually working her back in to workouts and practice. Right now she's doing some stuff at practice, no contact or anything. She's trying to really get her condition ramped up. She's going through drills, just not any contact. In the next couple weeks we're going to progressively work her back into practice. Wishfully thinking, we'll have her back by our Christmas tournament."
Senior Sky Lindsay previews the Red Storm's women's basketball game at Villanova Tuesday night. She also talks about the committment the team needs to make to wining the final three games.
Senior Sky Lindsay sits down with Louisville-native, Zakiyyah Shahid-Martin to preview the Louisville game and talk about playing in Kentucky.
Junior Da'Shena Stevens talks about Basketball Media Day from Taffner Field House.
It started with the introduction of the women's team, who displayed unity from the start. The girls came out dancing after their names were called, which immediately got the crowd rocking. Then, the team performed an impressive dance routine that only took them two days to put together.
Coach Kim Barnes Arico said to the crowd afterward, "We know these girls can dance, but the question is, 'Can they ball?'"
Oh, they balled. While the performance didn't include any high-flying dunks or acrobatic moves, the girls were fundamentally sound and displayed smooth shooting.
Senior guard Sky Lindsay, one of the sharpshooters, later said to me, "It was so much fun out there, but I can't wait for the guys to come out. Paris Horne and Justin Burrell, especially. They are the best dancers!"
The boys, however, were not quite as unrestrained as the girls. Though they were bashful about dancing, they let loose on the basketball court. The scrimmage became a complete dunk fest, highlighted by freshman Dwayne Polee's crowd-igniting windmill jam.
I interviewed senior star D.J. Kennedy after the scrimmage. He clearly wanted to watch the Slam Dunk contest much more than he wanted to be interviewed by me, but he was a good sport about it. His eyes kept straying toward the court where Polee, Horne, and Quincy Roberts were duking it out. I had to tap him and pull on his jersey a few times to get his attention directed back toward the camera.
I got done just in time to see Polee score a zero on his final dunk followed by Horne throwing down a between-the-legs, tomahawk jam that got the crowd on its feet.
Kennedy had picked his buddy Horne, a fellow senior, to win the contest instead of the freshman sensation Polee, who was everyone else's favorite. As it turned out, Kennedy was right. Call it experienced intuition.
Horne won by a wide margin. When I spoke to him afterward, he was all smiles as he told me that he had no plan to do the dunk. Really, he just took off and did it.
If that kind of spontaneity and luck is a sign of success to come for the Red Storm, then we're in for a wild and exciting ride.
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The St. John's women's basketball team volunteers every month to help out with the Midnight Run in New York City. Briana Brown interviews Jennifer Blanding on the community service project. Tesia Harris and Shenneika Smith are also featured.
St. John's rising sophomore Shenneika Smith checks in for a summer update.
Since we finished out our conference schedule strong with a win over Pitt on Monday, we were able to clinch the No. 4 spot and gained two byes in the tournament. This is a big advantage, giving us plenty of prep time for our game on Sunday. After practice at St. John's and the drive up from Queens yesterday, we got a chance to relax in the hotel last night, practice this morning and then watch the Notre Dame vs Louisville game today to get a another glimpse of who we will take on tomorrow. Turns out it will be a rematch with Notre Dame. Our team is up and excited after coming so far this year, and we are determined to make our mark in the tournament this year. We have put ourselves in a really great position and now it's time to make the most of it!
#23 Kelly McManmon
It has been a challenging road through BIG EAST play, but we've been holding strong and giving great effort through all the ups and downs. Now, we have some time off this weekend without a game to get ready to take on Rutgers on the road next Wednesday. As conference play is beginning to dwindle and only three games remain, its important for us to buckle down and improve what we need to in order to keep moving forward. It is exciting to see how far we have come already this season and right now our focus is on improving ourselves and taking it one game at a time.
The chemistry on our team is only getting stronger and stronger. Overcoming adversity each game and each day in practice really is building us into a tight unit! The energy is high on our team. Everyone is excited for these last games and motivated to sacrifice and put in the work to continue to get better each day to finish out the regular season as strong as we can! Thanks for reading! Go Red Storm!
Hey St. John's fans! It's Kelly McManmon coming to you from our bus ride home to St. John's after a big win over our state rival Syracuse. Even with four hours of driving ahead of us we are all feeling great and enjoying this moment of victory. It was a tough battle that came down to the wire, but we pulled together and came away with an all-around team victory where everyone contributed. This game was filled with a lot of clutch plays in which we were really able to deliver.
The game is definitely a great confidence builder for us, especially our freshmen who are doing big things this year. We've been able to keep it going after our last three wins over Seton Hall, DePaul at their place, and our home victory versus South Florida at Madison Square Garden last weekend. Playing at the Garden was a lot of fun and it was exciting to be in such a famous arena with so much history. Hopefully the experience of playing on such a big stage will pay off for us down the road this year.
With the start of the second semester and the tough schedule of the BIG EAST season in full force, everyone is working hard to stay on top of it all. The team is feeling good and keeping focused even with our busy schedules. For now, we'll enjoy this victory but tomorrow begins the preparation for Providence, who is playing really well right now. They will have to travel to face us on our home court on Saturday, so we have these next two days to get ready to take them on.
That's all for now, thanks for reading and hope to see you in the stands!
#23 - Kelly McManmon
Hey St. John's Fans! Kelly here, writing to you from the road as we bus back from Northeastern University in Boston where we just won our 12th game of the season. The team is relaxing, eating, and watching a movie, feeling good after getting the win on the ride home. We were fortunate enough to have an unusually long break of six whole days over Christmas where everyone took the time to get home and relax with family and friends. It felt good to get back out on the court today and take care of business.
Now that our non-conference schedule is taken care of, we are in a good position and feeling really confident in one another. Getting those games under our belt will hopefully have prepared us to step into the tough BIG EAST season starting on Saturday when we play West Virginia at home in Carnesecca Arena.
It has been a while since I've written to you and a lot of ups and downs have taken place, but so far a rewarding journey as our team has really bonded and started to gel together. With a record of 12-1 our only loss was a tough one to UNC at their place. Otherwise, we have been going strong through it all and have been able to come out on top. This includes our two tournament championships with wins in Miami at the FIU Tournament and our own St. John's- Chartwells Holiday Classic where we beat Virginia Tech to take the crown.
With that said and done, we are looking forward to the beginning of a new season in our conference schedule where nothing can be taken for granted. Now that the freshmen have gotten some good minutes and with the experience of our returners from last year, everyone is feeling like we have the pieces to be really successful. I'm excited to take on the BIG EAST one last time in my last semester and see what kind of noise we can make this year!
D.J. Kennedy speaks to the media at the 2009-10 Basketball Media Day.
Paris Horne talks about expectations the 2009-10 Basketball Media Day.
Justin Burrell discusses his high expectations for the season at the 2009-10 Basketball Media Day.
Sky Lindsay talks about growing recognition for the Red Storm women's program at the 2009-10 Basketball Media Day.
Hey St. John's Fans! With almost a month into the school year, the team is settled into the routine of classes and preseason. Since our schedule is a little lighter these days, our team has been able to take part in some community service activities. Recently, five of us went out on a Midnight Run with Campus Ministry. We handed out food and clothing to the homeless in Manhattan. It is always a humbling experience helping people, and they truly appreciate our efforts.
On Sept. 27, our coaches and team took part in University Service Day where the St. John's campus participates in various service projects in the local community. Our team went to the Heart Share preschool in Queens and helped with a carnival while entertaining the families and kids passing through. It was a great day filled with fun activities such as face painting, which Elon Sidney is extremely talented at, and hat making where Sky Lindsay really thrived. Overall, it was a fun day and we all had a great time getting out in the community together.
From the basketball end of things, our team has been keeping up with our schedule of team workouts, weight room and conditioning. Everyone is working hard and gearing up during these last few weeks of preseason. Workouts are shorter but intense. Its a good way to get a taste of what real practice will be like and work the freshmen into the system. Our coaches are continually emphasizing the importance of using this time while we have it to work on our skills and clean up any weaknesses before we enter into the grueling two-game-a-week season.
With the season getting closer, we are all coming together and focusing on getting in the gym as much as possible so we are ready to go come mid October. That's all for now. Thanks for reading!
- Kelly McManmon #23
Hey women's basketball fans! It's Kelly writing to you from Queens. With the start of school on Wednesday, the team has been busy getting situated with our classes and working out little things like kinks in our schedules. Since we have been here this summer already taking classes, it's not too hard to get back into the swing of things. Although the load is much heavier with many more classes, along with practice starting up, our time seems to have to stretch further and further.
Campus is busy and overflowing with students. It's is a nice change since the quiet summer we had here. I'm glad to see all the faces both old and new. There is definitely a glimmer of fall weather setting in as well, which is refreshing. At this point everyone is just getting settled in for this short week of class.
Right away we get a nice little break with a three day weekend for Labor Day. I'm pretty excited for the weekend because I'm going to watch some tennis just down the road at the US Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. I'm hoping for some exciting matchups. Next week we will start in our preseason workout schedule of lifting weights, conditioning and individual workouts. The team seems reenergized and ready to gear up for the season. More to come next week. Thanks for reading!
- Kelly McManmon #23
Hey everyone, this is Kelly McManmon from the women's basketball team. I'm writing to you from home in Massachusetts. After a summer of being on campus taking classes and working out, it's great to have a few weeks to relax. The last month we worked particularly hard training and getting in shape during the offseason. Overall, I'm really pleased with our effort over the summer, which makes this time during the break even better. It also gets me excited for the upcoming season after seeing our potential.
Even though the summer is wrapping up I'm definitely making the most of these last few weeks. Its pretty nice when my highest priority is getting enough time poolside and eating at my favorite restaurants I've been missing out on. I'm still hitting the gym of course, but really taking advantage of the outdoors. It's great having the time to go hiking, biking and getting in some long runs outside. My teammates still can't understand how running could be one of my favorite things to do. Besides that, it has been great catching up on some quality time with my family and friends, especially my seven nieces and nephews who keep me on my toes.
It's a nice and quiet escape from the city here in Massachusetts. The downtime is just enough to get revived before heading back to school where the real work begins. Until next time, thanks for reading!
- Kelly McManmon #23