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St. John's Traveling Again, Faces Providence In Saturday Matinee
 
 

St. John's will face Providence for the 56th time on Saturday afternoon.

 
St. John's will face Providence for the 56th time on Saturday afternoon.
 

Jan. 28, 2011

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QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's (14-6, 3-4 BIG EAST) and Providence will tip off at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29 at Alumni Hall in Mullaney Gym in a BIG EAST Conference clash. Red Storm fans can follow all the action live from Providence, R.I., on the web with GameTracker live stats (free) available on RedStormSports.com. A live internet broadcast will also be available on Friars.com (subscription).

Tip Off Quick Hits
• Sunday's game marks the 56th meeting between the two Catholic school rivals with St. John's recording a 29-26 all-time record against its Northeastern neighbor. Providence is St. John's second-most played opponent in Red Storm history. With 55 games played, the series between St. John's and Providence is second only to the series between St. John's and Seton Hall, which totals 60 games played. Including Providence and Seton Hall, St. John's has met three other teams more than 50 times, with Connecticut (53 games), Syracuse (52 games) and Villanova (50 games).
• Saturday's contest is the second-consecutive game for the Red Storm against a fellow Catholic school from the BIG EAST. St. John's lost 63-34 to then-No. 11/10 Notre Dame last Sunday.
• St. John's is looking to rebound off its loss to the Irish from Jan. 23. The Red Storm and Irish fought it out for the first six minutes of play until Notre Dame took over and outscored the Red Storm during the entire second half of play. Centhya "Coco" Hart was St. John's leading scorer with eight points.
• Providence is also looking to avenge a loss as the Friars are coming off a 60-39 mishap at Rutgers (Jan. 22).
• Providence has a seven-day hiatus this week with its last game played last Saturday. St. John's is also on an extended break, on a slightly shorter six-day period with no games played since Sunday.
• St. John's is 5-4 on the road this season, 1-2 in BIG EAST road games. The Red Storm is also 1-0 against schools from the Ocean State in 2010-11 with a decisive 73-49 win at University of Rhode Island on Dec. 11, 2010.


 

 

Red Storm vs. Friars
• In a series dating back to the 1977-1978 season, Saturday's meeting is the 56th meeting between the two BIG EAST squads.
• St. John's holds a three-game advantage over Providence in the all-time series record, 29-26, and has won the last three meetings between the two teams.
• St. John's won the first meeting, 43-42, on Jan. 8, 1978 in Providence. Providence won the following year, 61-56, in a neutral site game on Dec. 10, 1978 at the Southern Connecticut Tournament in New Haven, Conn.
• The squads first BIG EAST meeting was on Feb. 19, 1983 at Alumni Hall, now known as Carnesecca Arena in Queens, N.Y. Providence won the first league battle, 69-55.
• In BIG EAST regular season play, St. John's leads the all-time record by one game, 22-21 and is 3-1 over Providence in the BIG EAST Tournament.
• In the past 10 regular season meetings, St. John's is 8-2 over Providence.
• The last time the two teams met in the postseason was on March 7, 1992 in the BIG EAST Tournament at Gampel Pavilion. Providence won 67-66 in the Quarterfinals.
• At Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium, the Red Storm is 14-10 overall. As the home team, St. John's is 14-13 overall.

Coaching Match Up
• Ninth-year St. John's head coach Kim Barnes Arico is 144-119 (.548) at St. John's. She is 238-191 (.555) overall as a head coach. Barnes Arico has led St. Jon's to an 8-1 over Providence College during her tenure. Her first win over PC was on Jan. 22, 2003, 67-62, at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I.
• In his sixth year as head coach of Providence College, Phil Seymore is 71-96 overall.
• Barnes Arico is 4-1 over Seymore in head-to-head battles as BIG EAST rivals. Seymore's lone win was on Feb. 10, 2007 with a 93-77 victory over St. John's at Carnesecca Arena.
• At the time, the St. John's loss to Providence tied the all-time record at 26-26.
• Providence's associate head coach, Jonath Nicholls was a former assistant under Barnes Arico prior to his current position with the Friars.

When Last They Met
• St. John's and Providence last met on Jan. 30, 2010 with the Red Storm defeating the Friars, 70-46. It was the fifth time in 2009-10 that STJ held an opponent to under 50 points.
• The 24-point margin of victory was the largest over a BIG EAST opponent last season.
• Senior Joy McCorvey had 12 points and 12 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Eugeneia McPherson added 12 points as well.
• Seven STJ players scored six points or more, and six players grabbed four or more rebounds.
• The Red Storm outscored the Friars 30-16 in the paint.
• Providence shot just 26.2 percent from the field and Mi-Khida Hankins was the lone double-digit scorer for PC with 15 points.
• At halftime, STJ led 36-24.

Last Time At Alumni Hall
• The last time the Red Storm traveled to Providence, R.I., St. John's defeated Providence 73-63 on the Friars' home court. Monique McLean netted 23 points in the victory and the Red Storm as a whole shot 48.2 percent from the field.
• STJ led the whole way, but Providence surmounted a come back that put the squad within one point, 49-48 with 11 minutes left in the game. Kelly McManmon helped STJ pull away with a 3-pointer assisted by Coco Hart. The Red Storm continued to pull away and took a 12-point lead with just over four minutes to go and maintained the gap for the rest of the game.

Scouting Providence
• At 9-9, 2-4 in the BIG EAST, Providence will be looking to rebound from its Jan. 22, 60-39, loss at Rutgers. Providence's two BIG EAST wins are over USF (64-57 - Jan. 8) and Villanova (58-53 - Jan. 19).
• The Friars are 0-3 against ranked opponents so far this season, losing to Notre Dame, DePaul and Georgetown.
• Under head coach Phil Seymore, the Friars have defeated three ranked opponents at home at Alumni Hall.
• Overall, Symone Roberts is the Friars' leading scorer and lone player in double-digits with an average of 10.8 ppg. Mi-Khida Hankins is PC's leading rebounder with 7.9 rpg. Hankings is close to averaging double figures with 9.9 ppg. In BIG EAST contests, it has been Hankings who has stepped up into the leading scoring roll with 8.5 points per game. The Friars have had five different players be the leading scorer in their six BIG EAST contests this season. Hankins has led twice in league play, with 16 points vs. Notre Dame (Dec. 8) and 14 at Villanova (Jan. 19).

Common opponents
• St. John's and Providence have played common non-conference opponents in Rhode Island and Boston University. Both the Friars and Red Storm defeated the Rams, with Providence beating Rhode Island 71-40 and St. John's winning 73-49 over URI.
• St. John's and Providence are also undefeated against the BU Terriers, with PC defeating BU 65-55 and STJ taking down the Terriers, 66-42.

Postgame Notes: Notre Dame
• St. John's lost to the No. 11/10 Notre Dame Fightin' Irish, 69-36, on their home court on Sunday, Jan. 23.
• It was the second time this season the Red Storm lost by more than 30+ points. The first time was against then No. 2 Connecticut on Jan. 12 by 32 points, 84-52. Before that, STJ hadn't lost to a team by more than 30 points since Feb. 23, 2008 when the Red Storm once again lost to Connecticut, this time by 57 points, 98-41.
• Coco Hart had a team-high for St. John's against the Irish with eight points. It was the second time this season not one Red Storm player scored in the double figures. The last time was against DePaul (L, 54-69 on Jan. 8), when three players scored nine points each.
Da'Shena Stevens led the squad in rebounding with nine.
Nadirah McKenith tallied six assists, her sixth game with five or more helpers this season.

On This Date In STJ History
• The last time St. John's played on Jan. 29 was during the 2007-08 season. The Red Storm snapped its four-game losing streak with a 77-71 victory over Seton Hall in South Orange, N.J. Monique McLean paced the way for St. John's with a 20-point performance, going 6-for-12 from the field. She fell just shy of a double-double with a team-high nine rebounds.
• During the 2005-06 season, St. John's also marked a victory over West Virginia, 74-69, at Madison Square Garden. The win over WVU was STJ's fourth in a row that season. Then-senior Angela Clark tallied her 1,000th career-point, becoming the 14th player in STJ history to reach the mark. Clark became the first player under head coach Kim Barnes Arico to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
• St. John's is 2-2 overall when playing on Jan. 29 during the Barnes Arico Era.

Up Next
• St. John's returns home to host Rutgers on CBS College Sports on Tuesday, Feb. 1. The contest between the two regional rivals will tip off at 7:05 p.m. at Carnesecca Arena.
• Dave Ryan and Deb Antonelli will be on the call from St. John's home court.

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