Nov. 11, 2010
MANATTAN, Kansas - No. 14/16 St. John’s women’s basketball officially starts its season on Friday as the Red Storm travels to Manhattan, Kansas for the Commerce Bank/Wildcat Classic, hosted by Kansas State.
STJ plays (-/RV)Marist on the first day of the tournament at 3:30 p.m. (ET). Kansas State and Grambling State will kick off the Classic at 1 p.m. The Consolation game will be played on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m., with the Championship game to follow at 3:30 p.m. A four-member All-Tournament Team will be selected as well as a Tournament MVP following the Championship game.
The Commerce Bank/Wildcat Classic is celebrating its 16th year of existence; this is St. John’s first appearance in the tournament.
Red Storm vs. Red Foxes – A Shared History
• Marist won the first-ever meeting between the two schools, 75-49 on Nov. 17, 2001.
STJ In Season Openers
• St. John’s played Marist in the 2001 season-opener in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The Red Foxes defeated the Red Storm, 75-49, on Nov. 17 under then-head coach Darcel Estep.
Scouting The Red Foxes
• Marist won the MAAC Title and finished with a 15-3 record in conference
• The Red Foxes will start 2010-11 short two of their key players from last season, Rachele Fitz and Lynzee Johnson, both of whom graduated in 2010. Fitz finished her four-year career as Marist’s all-time leading scorer (2,447 points) and rebounder (1,066). Fitz was a three-time MAAC Player of the Year and 14-time MAAC Player of the Week. Johnson added 21.5 minutes per game and 5.5 ppg to Marists’ 2009-10 roster. As a sophomore she was heralded as the 2007-08 MAAC Sixth Player of the Year and shot 35.7 percent as a senior.
• The Red Foxes do return senior guard Erica Allenspach, who was a two-time All-Tournament Team selection. Allenspach earned both preseason and postseason First Team All-Conference honors thus far. Allenspach will be helped up front by junior guard Corielle Yarde. Yarde was a 2009-10 Second Team All-MAAC and MAAC All-Tournament selection. Yarde was the Red Foxes second-highest scorer last year, with an average of 13.7 ppg behind Fitz who recorded 17.7 ppg. Allenspach was the third-leading scorer with 12.9 ppg.
• Marist was picked as the unanimous MAAC Preseason No. 1 for the fourth-consecutive season. Marist is 8-21 in season-openers, riding a 2-0 streak.
Scouting The Wildcats
• As the host school for the Wildcat Classic, Kansas State holds a 27-3 (.900) record in the tournament and have won 12 of the 15 titles. The Wildcats currently own an eight-game winning streak in the event and have reached the title game in every edition of the classic.
• Kansas State was picked to finish ninth in the Big 12 Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
• The Wildcats’ leading scorer coming into 2010-11 is sophomore guard Brittany Chambers. Chambers scored 12.1 ppg, recorded 5.8 rpg and 2.5 apg as a rookie with the Wildcats. Assisting Chambers will be classmate and guard Taelor Karr (9.1 ppg, 4.5rpg) and junior forward Jalana Childs (7.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg).
• Kansas State will play Grambling State in the first game of the Wildcat Classic.
Scouting The Lady Tigers
• Head coach Donnita Rogers is in her second season with the Lady Tigers, 12th season overall. Rogers boasts a 252-186 overall record as a head coach.
STJ Against This Weekend’s Conferences
Play The Best To Be The Best
Red Storm Returns To the Court…
• With Stevens are sophomores Shenneika Smith and Nadirah McKenith both rounding out the guard positions. Smith has also garnered preseason attention this year so far after being named a Full Court Press Second Team Freshman All-American, an a unanimous all-BIG EAST Freshman Team selection. Smith avreaged 12.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg and a 40.3 field goal percentage. McKenith will take the reigns as the floor general once again after also being named to the 2009-10 All-BIG EAST Freshman Team. McKenith was on the national watch list as a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award. McKenith finished with 7.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 5.0 apg and 2.2 spg.
• Senior Sky Lindsay, who has started all 99 games she has played in her career also returns to give the Red Storm a triple-threat at the guard position. Classmate Centhya “Coco” Hart will also return. Hart 7.3 ppg and 23.8 mpg in 2009-10.
• Both Stevens and Smith were named to the Preseason Naismith Trophy Watch List and Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.
• Brown was a McDonalds High School All-American nominee, an All-New England Team member and four-year varsity captain in high school. She amassed 2,203 points during her high school career and averaged 22.7 points, 13.1 rebounds and 4.2 steals per game.
• Langley was rated the 37th-best prospect in the country and the 13th best at her position on ESPN.com. A guard from Bridgeport, Conn. She was named to the Connecticut All-State team both her junior and senior year, and was a 2010 McDonald’s All-American nominee. Langley averaged 15.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 5.0 assists while in high school and will be called upon to relieve Nadirah McKenith at the point.
• At 6-2, Shahid-Martin will bring an additional presence to the post positions for the Red Storm and helping the team reach the Final Four this season is one of Martin’s expectations. In high school, Martin led her team to a No. 2 state ranking during her senior year. She averaged 5.0 points and 4 rebounds at Dupont Manual High School in Kentucky.
Coming To You Live!
• The BIG EAST Conference as a whole will have 14 ESPN/ESPN2 games this season. The league’s overall exposure includes one game on CBS, the 14 ESPN National broadcasts, 27 games on ESPNU and 25 on CBS College Sports Network.
• Red Storm home games that are not broadcasted on a national or regional television will be shown live on the St. John’s StormTracker All-Access platform, which is pay per view or can be bought with a season package.
A Look back at 2009-10, a record season
• St. John’s is 11-0 all-time over Manhattan and 1-0 vs. Columbia.
• In 2009-10, St. John’s was 13-1 at home and is currently riding a seven-game win-streak as the home team. The Red Storm’s last loss was to then-No. 19 West Virginia on Jan. 2, 2010 (54-50).