Postgame Quotes: St. John's 56, Villanova 51

Junior Aliyyah Handford finished with a game-high 25 points and eight rebounds for the Red Storm.
Feb. 20, 2015

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Head Coach Joe Tartamella
Opening Statement:
"This was an extremely important game for us and we knew it coming in. This was the first time in a while that we had the fire and sharpness we needed to win a big game and that showed a lot for us. The way that we defended tonight has defined us all year. I was really happy with our effort. We stepped up today and I couldn't be happier. Now we turn the page to Sunday."
On responding in the second half:

"Like any other run in the game, you're just trying to focus on one play at a time. You're trying to get a stop, then get a score and try and get a run. We played much more confident tonight against their system. The first couple of minutes you're hoping to get a couple of buckets to fuel your team and we did that."
On the significance of tonight's win:
"When you're on this season journey from August until now, you have ups and downs, but for us tonight, this was a big one. We're going to enjoy it here for a minute or two, but it won't mean much if we can't come back Sunday and take care of business. We focus now to Georgetown, but tonight we are going to celebrate it."
Junior Guard Aliyyah Handford
On the steal with just over a minute to play:
"I wasn't looking for the steal. It just so happened that I got it and it became a great play."
On the charge:
"It was a great play. We got it to the point where we always work hard and getting that charge pumped everyone up."
On the significance of tonight's win:
"This was a very important game for us and the next one is an important one too. We just take it as a win and now we go on to the next game."
Sophomore Forward Jade Walker
On what her focus has been this year:
"Staying out of foul trouble so I can stay on the floor and help my team. I'm trying to score when I'm open and pass when someone else is open. I just want to help my team out as much as I can, that's what I've been focusing on all year."




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