Feb. 4, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's rookie guard Aliyyah Handford was voted the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on Monday, her second honor of the season. Handford is one of five freshman in the BIG EAST to earn the honor this season so far.
Along with Handford, junior guard Briana Brown earned a spot on the honor roll, her first-career league accolade.
Handford, a Newark, N.J., native has been a key part of the Red Storm starting lineup. Last week, Handford averaged 14.0 points, 5.0 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 33.5 minutes per game with a career-best 17 points against then-No. 3/2 Connecticut on Feb. 2. Handford led the Red Storm in assists for the week with 10.
Along with her 17 points, Handford also recorded a career-high eight field goals in the six-point loss against the Huskies. She had a career-best six assists in the win on the road against Providence (Jan. 30).
Since earning the starting position at shooting guard 14 games ago, Handford has moved up to third in scoring with 9.1 ppg. She leads the team in field goal percentage (.493). Handford is No. 14 in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage in all games played. In BIG EAST play, Handford averages 12.8 points per game, good for second on the team and 19th in the BIG EAST. Handford's team-best 48.9 BIG EAST field goal percentage rates ninth in the BIG EAST. The M.X. Shabbaz High School alumna leads St. John's in steals during league play, No. 15 in the BIG EAST.
Handford was also BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on Dec. 17.
Brown, a Norwalk, Conn., native, was the second-leading scorer for St. John's in the 1-1 week with an average of 17.5 points per game. She also averaged 37.5 minutes per game in the win at Providence (Jan. 30) and against then-No. 3/2 Connecticut (Feb. 2). Brown had a career-high 19 points in the win at Providence, and followed her performance with a 16-point effort against UConn. She shot 45.4 percent from the field against the Huskies, 4-for-6 from beyond the 3-point arc. For the week, she shot 47.8 percent from the floor.
In overall games played, Brown ranks second in the league in free throw percentage (.854). In league games played, Brown ranks 12th in 3-point field goal percentage (.389).