STANFORD, Calif. - After defeating No. 8 seeded Texas Tech, 55-50, on Saturday, No. 9 seed St. John's advanced to its second-straight Second Round Appearance in the NCAA Championships. The Red Storm will meet the No. 1 seeded Stanford Cardinal in a 9:30 p.m. (ET) matchup on Monday, March 21 on ESPN2.
Tournament Quick Hits
St. John's has advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round four times, including 2011. It is head coach Kim Barnes Arico's third trip to the Round of 32 in six years. With the win against Texas Tech in Saturday's First Round, St. John's advances to 4-5 in overall NCAA Tournament play (six appearances). Barnes Arico's Division I record advances to 3-2. She is 3-0 in First Round Appearances.
Nine teams from the BIG EAST Conference were named in the 2011 Tournament field, after one day of games, four have played and all four have moved on: (9) St. John's, (8) Marquette, (3) DePaul and (2) Notre Dame.
It is the first time in St. John's history that the Red Storm will be in the Second Round in back-to-back years.
It is also the first time St. John's will face a No. 1 seed. No. 1 seeds are 64-3 since 1994, the expansion to 64 teams. The only eight-nine teams to beat a No. 1 were: (9) Notre Dame defeated (1) Texas Tech, 74-59 (1998); (8) Boston College defeated (1) Ohio State, 79-69 (2006) and most recently, (9) Michigan State defeated Duke, 63-49 (2009).
The meeting between St. John's and Stanford is also a debut match up between the teams from the BIG EAST and the Pac 10. St. John's is 4-1 in first time meetings in 2010-11, defeating UCSB, St. Bonaventure, Arkansas State and Texas Tech.
During the Barnes Arico Era, St. John's has only faced one other Pac 10 team, California. The Red Storm and the Golden Bears met in the 2006 NCAA Tournament First Round. (7) St. John's got the better of (10) California, 78-68, to move on to the Round of 32.
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 and three trips to the NCAA Second Round games. She also has the most NCAA tourney wins (3-2).
Barnes Arico has brought the Red Storm to the Second Round in 2006, 2010 and 2011. 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 152-123 (.553) at St. John's. She is 246-195 (.558) overall as a head coach.
On This Date In St. John's History
In the 2006 NCAA Tournament Round of 32, St. John's, a No. 6 seed, played No. 2 Maryland on March 21. The Red Storm lost to the Terps, 81-74 in Alberquerque, N.M. The Terps became the eventual NCAA Champions.
In 2005, St. John's lost to West Virginia, 68-63 on March 21 in the second round of the WNIT.
STJ is 0-2 when playing on March 21.
Against Texas Tech, the Red Storm bench scored 21 points, marking the ninth time this season the bench has scored 20 points or more. Sophomore Eugeneia McPherson led the way for non-starters with 10 points, tying Texas Tech's Casey Morris for second-most points in Saturday's game. McPherson has been the leading scorer coming off the bench in nine games this season.
STJ advances to 7-2 in 2010-11 when scoring 20 or more bench points.
With the win over Texas Tech, it was only the second time this season St. John's pulled out a victory when losing at halftime.
The only other time was against Liberty in College Park, on Dec. 28. St. John's was losing 36-33 at the half, but came back to win 81-66. Against Texas Tech, STJ was losing 30-28, but came back to win 55-50.
St. John's has 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.
Against Stanford on Monday, technically a neutral site game, the Red Storm will once again try to compete against one of the top teams in the country on the hardwood they call home.
In last season's Second Round game, the Red Storm nearly upset host-school Florida State, taking the Seminoles down to the wire in overtime on their home court. This season, St. John's is 0-4 on the road against ranked teams. The last road victory over a Top 25 opponent was on Jan. 13, 2007, when St. John's upset then No. 23/RV Pittsburgh, 76-69.
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 24-game winning streak as the Pac-10 Tournament Champion. Stanford defeated UC-Davis in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, 86-59, with six players scoring in double figures. Nnemkdi Ogwumike led all players with 22 points, Lindy La Rocque had 14. Stanford outrebounded UC-Davis 33-1 and scored 20 points off Aggie turnovers. Stanford and UC-Davis were even in the paint, with both teams scoring 28 points.
Stanford has four players averaging in double figures, led by Ogwumike with 16.6 ppg and Jeanette Pohlen with 15.0 ppg.
McKenith As The Leading Scorer
With a game-high 14 points against Texas Tech, Nadirah McKenith was the Red Storm's leading scorer for the fourth time this season. It was the first time St. John's won while McKenith put up the most points. Previously, St. John's was 0-3 with McKenith as the top scorer.
Da'Shena Stevens led the team in rebounding with 10 against Texas Tech. St. John's is 12-2 when Stevens in the leading rebounder. She has rebounded in double-figures six times this season, 18 times in her three-year career.