Feb. 1, 2009
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Head coach Kim Barnes Arico recorded her 100th program victory as the St. John's women's basketball team won a key BIG EAST game over Seton Hall, 89-84, on Sunday afternoon at Walsh Gymnasium.
With the victory, Barnes Arico became the fourth Red Storm women's basketball coach to reach 100 wins and the ninth men's and women's basketball coach at St. John's to accomplish the feat. Through seven seasons, she has a record of 100-97. Barnes Arico took over the helm of the Red Storm program on May 7, 2002, and has led it to unprecedented success, as STJ returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nearly two decades, made two WNIT appearances and five trips to the BIG EAST Tournament, while posting two 20-win seasons.
On the year, the Red Storm's record now stands at 14-6, 2-5 BIG EAST, while Seton Hall's drops to 14-7, 2-6 BIG EAST.
Four players scored in double figures for St. John's. Monique McLean led the way with 25 points, 18 coming in the final half. The senior was 6-of-13 from the floor, 1-of-4 from 3-point range and 12-of-16 from the free throw line. She also came close to a double-double with eight rebounds. Sophomore Sky Lindsay poured in a career-high 19 points with a 5-of-9 effort from the field and a 9-of-10 performance from the free throw line. Senior Kelly McManmon scored 12 points, going 4-of-9 from the field, 3-of-5 from 3-point range and 1-of-2 from the charity stripe. Off the bench, junior Aricia Mitchell had a season-high 10 points on a 4-of-6 effort from the field and 2-of-3 performance from the free throw line.
The Pirates jumped out to the early 10-2 lead with 16:16 to go in the opening frame. The Red Storm quickly cut the deficit to three after Lindsay and Da'Shena Stevens combined for five points. Seton Hall eventually went ahead by 13 at 7:35, but St. John's responded by going on a 12-0 run to come within one, 31-30, at 5:14. After a Pirate turnover, STJ took the lead on a McManmon 3-pointer. The teams traded baskets and went into the break tied at 39.
STJ quickly got the momentum in its favor in the second half and went on an 18-4 run to take a 57-43 advantage at 12:59. Seton Hall slowly chipped into the lead and cut the deficit to six, 62-56, at 7:19, using an 11-5 run. The game stayed close the remainder of the way until SHU made a late rally to come within three, 77-74, at 2:01. The teams traded baskets, but the Red Storm connected on 10 free throws in the last 1:23 minutes to clinch the victory.
The Red Storm will return to action on Wednesday when it travels to face Villanova at 7 p.m.