Walker, Lewis, Kebbe Honored by BIG EAST

March 1, 2017

BIG EAST Major Award Release | All-BIG EAST Team Release

QUEENS, N.Y. -
The BIG EAST released its annual end-of-season awards on Wednesday and the St. John’s Red Storm saw three players honored by the league. Jade Walker earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST First Team. Aaliyah Lewis was an All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention and the Co-Defensive Player of the Year, while Alisha Kebbe landed on the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team.

Walker earns her first All-BIG EAST honor after finding a spot on the BIG EAST All-Freshman team thanks to a successful 2013-14 campaign. Walker was the Red Storm’s leading scorer this season, putting up 14.2 points in 28.2 minutes per game. After thriving in a reserve role as a junior, the Maplewood, N.J., native stepped up her game to another level in her final season, starting every game and shooting 47.7 percent from the floor. During league play, Walker was one of the best offensive threats in the conference, averaging 15.7 points per outing against BIG EAST foes. Earlier this season, Walker became the 23rd player in St. John’s women’s basketball history to score 1,000 points and currently ranks 17th on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,160 career points.

Lewis is just the second player in St. John’s history to be named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year after Aliyyah Handford earned the distinction last season and becomes the program’s eighth major award winner all-time. St. John’s finished the regular season as the top defensive unit in the conference, leading the league in scoring, field goal and three point field goal defense. Additionally, St. John’s currently leads the country in three point field goal defense, holding teams to a 25.5 percent success rate from behind the arc. On the year, the Red Storm held nine opponents to 50 points or less and posted a 14-3 record when limiting opponents to 39 percent or less from the field. Individually, Lewis ranked 13th in the conference with 1.3 steals per game while being tasked with guarding the opposing team’s top perimeter threat all season.


 

 

One of the toughest and most durable players in the conference, Lewis led the BIG EAST in assists and assists per game as a senior, totaling 182 helpers and 6.3 per game. The 5-5 guard currently ranks third on the St. John’s career assist list and needs just two dimes to move into second place. The Staten Island, N.Y., native also ranked 22nd in the league with 10.6 points per game and 13th in the conference with a 71.1 free throw percentage. Additionally, her 2.3 assist-to-turnover ratio ranked fifth in the BIG EAST and her 1,083:00 minutes played led the conference. Earlier this season, Lewis became just the fourth player in program history to score at least 800 points and dish out at least 500 assists in her career.

Kebbe, a four-time BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honoree and the only rookie to earn the award more than twice this season, becomes the Red Storm’s first BIG EAST All-Freshman Team selection since Walker in 2013-14. The Philadelphia, Pa., native saw action in 28 of the team’s 29 regular-season games making 27 starts and averaged 7.7 points and 4.0 rebounds in 23.9 minutes per game. The 5-10 guard scored in double figures 10 times this season and was second on the team with 19 made three pointers. From the floor, Kebbe shot 41.5 percent and hit 34.5 percent of her tries from behind the arc.

St. John’s opens play in the BIG EAST Tournament on Sunday, taking on Villanova at 9:30 p.m. ET in Milwaukee, Wis. The game can be seen nationally on FS2.

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