DANCIN' AGAIN! No. 9 Seed St. John's Faces No. 8 Texas Tech Saturday In Stanford

March 18, 2011


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STANFORD, Calif. - For the second-straight season, the St. John's women's basketball team earned an At-Large bid to the NCAA Tournament as the Red Storm was picked to face Texas Tech as the No. 9 seed in the Spokane Region, as announced by the Selection Committee on Monday night on ESPN.

The Red Storm will play the Red Raiders on Saturday, March 19 in a 4:20 p.m. (E.T.) tip off in Stanford, Calif., at the Maples Pavilion. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 with Dave Pasch and Mary Murphy on the call. The competitive No. 8 vs. No. 9 game will be the primary game in the 4 p.m. window.

Tip Off Quick Hits
• The last time the Red Storm competed in back-to-back NCAA Tournaments was 1983 and 1984. With the men's basketball team earning an At-Large bid to the Big Dance on Sunday, it is the first time since 1988 that both the men's and women's programs will be going dancing in March. It is the first time the women have been selected as a No. 9 seed.
• Texas Tech, the No. 8 seed, has not been in the NCAA Tournament since 2005, but has previously garnered 18 appearances in the Big Dance. The Red Raiders (22-10) ended their season at the semifinals of the Big XII Championship, as then-No. 21 Oklahoma defeated Texas Tech, 71-69 on March 9.
• The winner of the St. John's-Texas Tech match up will face either No. 1-seed Stanford (29-2), the automatic qualifier from the Pac-10 or No. 16-seed UC-Davis (24-8), the automatic qualifier from the Big West, who will be making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Stanford and UC-Davis will play each other on Saturday, at approximately 6:30 p.m. (ET). The Second Round game will be played on Mon., March 21, at 9:30 p.m. (ET).
• It is the first-ever meeting between the Red Storm and Lady Raiders. St. John's has played four other first-time opponents this season. The Red storm is 3-1 in debut match ups in 2010-11, defeating UCSB, St. Bonaventure and Arkansas State, but losing to Kansas State, another Big XII opponent. St. John's has also never played against Stanford or UC-Davis.
• Nine teams from the BIG EAST Conference were named in the tournament field -- the most of any of the 31 league's represented.

Red Storm Season Quick Hits
• In 2010-11, St. John's (21-10) continued its successes from its historic last season, as the Red Storm was ranked for 16-straight weeks in the Associated Press Poll (including the 2009-10 season); with its highest ranking at No. 17 on Dec. 27. In the ESPN/Coaches Poll, St. John's was ranked for 18-straight weeks and continues to receive votes in the latest poll released March 14.
• According to the most recent RPI data, St. John's boasted an RPI of 32 and a strength of schedule rating of 33. The Red Storm finished seventh in the BIG EAST with a 9-7 record and had its second-consecutive 20-win season, including 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. 19/17 Marist (Nov. 12) at Kansas State.

Dancin' Again In The Tournament
With Monday's selection, this year's appearance in the NCAA Tournament is the second-straight for St. John's. The only other time St. John's played in back-to-back NCAA Tournaments was in 1983 and 1984. St. John's played in the East Regional both times, and both times were awarded the No. 7 seed. 1983 was St. John's first appearance in the NCAAs. Don Perrelli's St. John's faced No. 2 Old Dominion, but lost 86-62 at University Park, Pa. In 1984, Perrelli's squad faced No. 2 North Carolina and was edged out of the tournament in a 81-79 overtime contest in Norfolk, Va.

History Lesson
• With Monday's selection, this year's appearance in the NCAA Tournament is St. John's sixth overall bid to the national postseason tournament (1983, 1984, 1988, 2006, 2010, 2011). Only one other school is making its sixth appearance in the Big Dance with Hartford, a team St. John's played in a scrimmage earlier in the season.
• St. John's has an overall record of 3-5 in the Big Dance. The Red Storm has made it to the Second Round three times (1988, 2006, 2010).

Barnes Arico At The NCAAS
• Head coach Kim Barnes Arico has made three trips to the NCAA Tournament during her nine-year tenure with St. John's. She is the only St. John's head coach to make three trips to the Big Dance. She is also the only coach to take St. John's to two NCAA Second Round games. She also has the most NCAA tourney wins.
• Barnes Arico is 2-2 in the NCAA Tournament, taking the Red Storm to the Second Round in both 2006 and 2010. With the At-Large bid in 2010, Barnes Arico's Red Storm boasted a No. 6 seed, the highest ever in St. John's women's basketball history. With the No. 9 seed in 2011, she is the only Red Storm coach to take the women's basketball team to two-straight tournaments since then-head coach Don Perrelli.
• Barnes Arico is 151-123 (.551) at St. John's. She is 245-195 (.557) overall as a head coach.
• At Adelphi, Barnes Arico took her squad to the 2002 Division II NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.

2010 NCAA Tourney Recap
• With a 65-47 victory over Princeton (March 20) in the NCAA Tournament First Round, No. 6 seeded St. John's advanced to its third Second Round appearance in the Big Dance.
• Against Princeton, Shenneika Smith set a new career-high with 12 rebounds. The rebounds, coupled with her 13 points, gave her the third double-double of her career.
• Centhya "Coco" Hart recorded her second double-double of the year with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Da'Shena Stevens tied the Donald L. Tucker Center record for field goals made with nine.
• St. John's played against the host-school, No. 3 Florida State, two days later. The Red Storm nearly upset the Seminoles with a last-second jumper in overtime, but the shot bounced off the rim and FSU came away with a 66-65 victory. Nadirah McKenith scored 15 for St. John's, which was trying to reach the NCAA round of 16 for the first time. Stevens had 14 points and 10 rebounds despite spending much of the second half and overtime battling leg cramps, and Joy McCorvey added 13 for the Red Storm. Smith's 10 points broke Stevens' rookie scoring record set in 2009 (406) and set the new mark at 412.
• There were 10 ties and 12 lead changes in the first half, St. John's never leading by more than three, Florida State never by more than four.

Scouting The Bracket
TEXAS TECH: The Lady Raiders are making their 19th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the 10th most of all Division I schools. Texas Tech is making its return to the Tournament after a five-year hiatus. Before the break, the Lady Raiders went to the NCAA Tournament 16-straight years from 1990-2005. Texas Tech is one of seven teams from the Big XII in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
• Coached by 12th-year head coach Kristy Curry (267-123), Texas Tech finished sixth in the Big XII with an 8-8 conference record. The Lady Raiders went 1-1 in their conference tournament, defeating Oklahoma State, 75-52, then losing to Oklahoma, 71-69. On Feb. 19, Texas Tech marked a notable victory over one of the four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament, Baylor, 56-45.
• Junior forward Kierra Mallard leads the Lady Raiders in scoring, with 12.1 ppg, the lone player averaging double figures. Senior forward Teena Wickett and sophomore guard Casey Morris add 9.8 ppg to the Lady Raiders scoring. Simliar to the Red Storm, Texas Tech averages around 64 points per contest as a team.
• From Jan. 19-Feb. 9, Texas Tech lost six-straight, but rebounded down the stretch finishing up winning six of nine games including the Big XII Tournament.
• Texas Tech is 2-0 against common opponents in 2010-11, defeating Pittsburgh, 78-65, and Kansas State, 68-66, in overtime.

STANFORD: No. 1 seed and host of St. John's first bracket, Stanford is making its 24th consecutive appearance in the Tournament and 25th overall. Stanford is 2-1 against common opponents, defeating Rutgers, 63-50 and Connecticut, 71-59 (to stop their record-breaking 90-game win streak); but losing to DePaul, 91-71. Stanford enters the tournament field on a 23-game winning streak as the Pac-10 Tournament Champion.
• Stanford has four players averaging in double figures, led by Nnemkadi Ogwumike with 15.2 ppg and Jeanette Pohlen with 15.0 ppg.

UC-DAVIS: The No. 16 seed in the bracket, the Aggies enter the tournament as the automatic qualifier from the Big West. It is UC-Davis' first trip to the NCAA Tournament. UC-Davis is 0-1 against common opponents, losing to Kansas State, 61-41. The Aggies finished the season winning seven of their last 10 games.

• STJ has two players averaging in double-figures through 31 games played with sophomore Shenneika Smith and junior Da'Shena Stevens.
• Smith has led the team all season with 397 total points and an average of 12.8 per contest to go along with 6.1 boards per game. Smith posted a double-double at Villanova (Feb. 22) with 10 boards, 10 assists. The team is 3-0 this season with Smith notching a double-double.
• Stevens, who recorded a double-double vs. Georgetown (Feb. 13) averages 12.1 ppg with a team-best 6.5 rpg. She leads the squad in double-doubles with five, and has led the team in scoring in four out of the last six games.
• Rookie Keylantra Langley could be the player to watch in the NCAA Tournament as she has increased her playing time from two minutes to 12.8 minutes per game as the back up point guard.




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