No. 7 Red Storm Ready For BIG EAST Championship Action

REDSTORMSPORTS.COM St. John's received first-round bye in 2011 BIG EAST Championships.
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St. John's received first-round bye in 2011 BIG EAST Championships.
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March 3, 2011

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QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John’s women’s basketball was awarded the No. 7 seed and will face the winner of Game 3 between the No. 10 and No. 15 seeds in the Second Round of the 2011 BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Championships, presented by American Eagle Outfitters.

Tip Off Quick Hits
• As the No. 7 seed, the Red Storm received a first-round bye in the annual postseason tournament. BIG EAST Conference officials released the bracket Monday night, following the conclusion of the final regular season games. The BIG EAST Championships will be held at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., Friday, March 4 through Tuesday, March 8.
• No. 7 St. John’s (20-9, 9-7 BIG EAST) will play either No. 10 West Virginia (22-8, 8-8) or No. 15 Cincinnati (2-14, 9-19) in Game 7 on Saturday, March 5 at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on SportsNet NY and BIG EAST TV. Bob Picozzi and Kayte Christensen will be on the call, with BIG EAST Championship host, Allison Williams.
• St. John’s faced Cincinnati earlier this season and defeated the Bearcats, 63-34 (Jan. 18), in its annual field trip day at Carnesecca Arena. On Monday night, St. John’s lost to West Virginia, 69-49, at the WVU Coliseum.
• The winner of Game 7 will face the No. 2 seed DePaul in the Quarterfinals on Sunday, March 6 at 6 p.m. The Quarterfinals will air live on ESPNU with the same booth staff. St. John’s lost to then No. 16/23 DePaul, 69-54 on Jan. 8.
• The 2011 BIG EAST Championships will be head coach Kim Barnes Arico’s eighth trip to the conference tournament. During her nine-year tenure, the only time St. John’s did not make the league championships was 2002-03, her first season with the Red Storm. In 2008-09, the BIG EAST began admitting all 16 teams to the championships.

RED STORM SEASON FAST FACTS
• The Red Storm finished the 2010-11 regular season winning six of its last nine games. As of the Feb. 28 rankings, St. John’s was receiving votes in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls, had a No. 32 NCAA RPI rating, and has had key BIG EAST victories over then-No. 16/17 Georgetown (Feb. 13) and Rutgers (Feb. 1), both with RPI’s in the top 25. STJ opened the season with a 64-50 victory over current No. 21/18 Marist (Nov. 12) at Kansas State.


 

 

STJ’S BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP RESUME
• 2011 will be St. John’s 11th trip to the annual league championship. St. John’s is 18-23 overall in the BIG EAST Championships and has appeared in the Quarterfinals 18 times, the Semifinals five times and earned three BIG EAST Championship Titles on three Finals appearances. The last time the Red Storm won a BIG EAST Championship was in 1988, when the Red Storm defeated Syracuse, 74-72, in overtime in Pittsburgh, Pa.

LAST TIME AT THE BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIPS
• Then No. 16 St. John’s faced then-No. 6/7 Notre Dame in the Quarterfinals of the 2010 BIG EAST Championships in Hartford, Conn. St. John’s went into the tournament as the No. 4 seed and had a bye to the Quarterfinals. Notre Dame, the No. 5 seed, narrowly defeated St. John’s 75-67 on March 7. The No. 4 seeding tied for the highest seeding for the Red Storm during the Kim Barnes Arico Era.
• Then-rookie Shenneika Smith led the Red Storm in scoring with 23 points, and four STJ players reached double figures in scoring. Smith scored 16 points in the opening frame. She finished 10-of-16 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line in her first-ever BIG EAST Championship appearance.
• Da’Shena Stevens netted 14 points, Kelly McManmon finished with 12 points on four 3-pointers and Nadirah McKenith recorded a near double-double with 10 points, nine assists.
• The game stayed close as the score was tied four times and the lead changed hands four times. With the score knotted at 63, Ashley Barlow sank two free throws to give Notre Dame the lead at the 4:07 mark. After the Irish went up by eight, 71-63, the Red Storm tried to rally and came within four, but ND held on for the win.

BARNES ARICO AT THE BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIPS
• Ninth-year St. John’s head coach Kim Barnes Arico holds a 2-7 record at the BIG EAST Championships. She has led the Red Storm to eight-consecutive appearances since she took over the program in 2002-03.
• Her first appearance in the BIG EAST Championships was in 2004. No. 11-seed St. John’s lost to No. 6-seed West Virginia, 84-59, on March 6, 2004 in Hartford, Conn.
• Barnes Arico has led St. John’s to the Quarterfinals three times, including last year. Her first BIG EAST Championship win was over Seton Hall in 2005. St. John’s defeated Seton Hall, 45-42, in the First Round of the league tournament (March 5) held in Hartford, Conn. That year also marked Barnes Arico’s first trip to the Quarterfinals, where STJ lost to No. 1 Rutgers, 69-45.
• Barnes Arico is 150-122 (.551) at St. John’s. She is 244-194 (.557) overall as a head coach.

SCOUTING THE FIELD
With a first-round bye, St. John’s will face the winner of West Virginia vs. Cincinnati in the second round.

WEST VIRGINIA: West Virginia, the No. 10 seed, just defeated the Red Storm, 69-49, in Morgantown on Feb. 28 and held St. John’s to just 49 points. West Virginia had lost five of its last seven games, with its last victory over Pitt (Feb. 19).
• Before the win over St. John’s, West Virginia experienced two close losses, 67-58 at Rutgers (Feb. 26) and 72-60 vs. then-No. 8/7 Notre Dame on Feb. 22.
• West Virginia began conference play undefeated, and won its first 16 games before losing to Marquette, 69-54 (Jan. 11).
• Liz Repella is the Mountaineers’ leading scorer with 14.0 points per game. She is helped by Ali Madina with 13.1 ppg; who is also the team’s leading rebounder with 7.1 per game.
• In BIG EAST play, Repella averages 14.9 ppg.
• Against St. John’s on Feb. 28, Repella scored a game-high 22 points.

CINCINNATI: Rookie Kayla Cook was most recently named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week after averaging 11.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg and shot 64.7 from the floor in the final week of regular season play.
• The Bearcats (9-19) upset then-No. 24/22 Marquette in their season-closer, 65-62 at home. Senior Shareese Ulis had a game-high 20 points, connecting on a career-high 6-of-12 from 3-point range.
• The upset over Marquette snapped the Bearcats’ 13-game losing streak as they were winless since beating USF on Jan. 5.
• Ulis is Cincinnati’s leading scorer with 13.9 points per game. Ulis is the lone Bearcat scoring in double-figures.

DEPAUL: St. John’s could face No. 2-seeded DePaul in the Quarterfinals on Sunday, with a win in Game 7. DePaul (26-5) is has steadily moved up the rankings all season and is now No. 12/13 going into the BIG EAST Tournament.
• DePaul ended the season with a nail-biting, 70-69, win over then-No. 7/7 Notre Dame (Feb. 28) to earn the No. 2 seed in the tournament. The Blue Devils finished winning five of their last seven games.
• DePaul has four players scoring in double figures, led by Keisha Hampton with 15.7 ppg. Felicia Chester helps Hampton with 11.8 ppg, and a team-best 6.3 rpg; while Anna Martin adds 10.7 ppg and Sam Quigley adds 10.4.

ROAD WARRIORS
• St. John’s played in 14 road games this season, tied with DePaul for the most among BIG EAST schools. The Red Storm finished the season 8-6 in away games, playing four top 25 teams on their home courts.

ON THIS DATE IN STJ HISTORY
• The last time St. John’s played on March 5 was in the 2006 BIG EAST Tournament against West Virginia. St. John’s came in as the No. 4 seed and WVU was the No. 12. The Mountaineers upset the Red Storm 55-49 in the Quarterfinals in Hartford, Conn.
• St. John’s is 6-3 when playing on March 5.

RED STORM RESUME
• At 20-9, 9-7 in the conference, St. John’s is looking to extend its season a little further.
• As of the Feb. 28 rankings, the Red Storm’s competitive resume consists of two victories over the NCAA RPI Top 25 with Rutgers (21) and Georgetown (17). STJ is 2-8 against teams in the RPI Top 50.
• STJ only has one loss outside the NCAA’s RPI Top 50 - the 64-53 loss at Kansas State (57).
• STJ is 6-9 against teams in the NCAA RPI Top 100, including a season-opening victory over Marist, who has an RPI-rating of 51 and a AP/ESPN ranking of 21/18.
• St. John’s is currently rated with an RPI of 32, as of the last RPI rating on Feb. 28.

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