St. John's And Hofstra Renew Queens-Long Island Rivalry On Friday

Redshirt senior Tesia Harris makes her return to the CAA hardwood.

Nov. 17, 2011

(rv/rv) St. John's at Hofstra
Friday, Nov. 18, 2011
7 p.m.
Mack Sports Complex (5,054)
TELEVISION: FiOS1 (Tape Delay)

QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's will take to the road for the first time this season on Friday as it travels just a half an hour east on the LIE to face in-state opponent, Hofstra. St. John's and Hofstra have not played each other since 2005, but Friday's contest is the 15th game between the two schools. Tip off is slated for 7 p.m. at the Mack Sports Complex.

The Red Storm (1-1) will look to extend its winning streak to two, after defeating La Salle, 66-45, at Carnesecca Arena on Wednesday.

Tip Off Quick Hits
• Friday's game is being filmed for tape delay on FiOS1. The St. John's-Hofstra game will air on FiOS1 to homes in Long Island, New Jersey, Washington, D.C. and for fans with on-demand, on a date to be announced. Red Storm fans can also follow the game live via Webcast on or tune in to WRHU 88.7 FM in Hempstead, N.Y.
• St. John's leads Hofstra in the all-time series, 11-1 in regular season play and 13-1 overall.
• Redshirt senior Tesia Harris played three seasons in the Colonial Athletic Association for Delaware before she transfered in 2010-11. Harris will be making her first trip back to Hempstead since 2010.

Last Time Out
• STJ rebounded from its season-opening loss to St. Bonaventure with a 66-45 victory over La Salle (Nov. 16). Nadirah McKenith had a career-night for STJ, with a career-best 26 points, 10 field goals and seven steals. McKenith also shot 10-for-11 on the night and 5-for-7 from the free throw line.
• St. John's had its first 20-point victory of the season against La Salle, the first 20-point margin since Feb. 16, 2011 vs. USF. St. John's held La Salle to less than 30 percent shooting as the Explorers hit just 15 of 59 shots taken. The last time St. John's held an opponent to less than 30 percent was Dec. 4, 2011 at Boston University (W, 66-42).
• The Red Storm held La Salle to just 14 points in the first half, after going on a 19-0 run that lasted 10 minutes. La Salle was held without a field goal from 18:23 to 5:19 and committed nine turnovers in the run.

Red Storm vs. Pride
• Friday's contest renews an in-state rivalry that dates back to St. John's first-ever year of basketball. St. John's leads the all-time series record between the teams, 13-1, 11-1 in regular season play. However, Hofstra did not become a varsity program until the 1982-83 season. Since then, St. John's holds a 6-1 record over its neighbor to the east.
• The Red Storm and Pride first met on Dec. 10, 1974 in Hempstead. St. John's defeated Hofstra, 55-39.
• From 1974 until 2001, St. Johns won 11-straight contests between the two schools. Hofstra got its first and only victory on Nov. 23, 2001 at Carnesecca Arena, 61-34.
• St. John's and Hofstra played each other in back-to-back years in 2004-05 and 2005-06. The Red Storm defeated the Pride both times, 83-70 and 71-65.
• St. John's is undefeated in Hempstead, N.Y. against Hofstra.

Coaching Match Up
• 10th-year St. John's head coach Kim Barnes Arico is 153-125 (.550) at St. John's. She is 247-197 (.556) overall as a head coach, three victories away from the 250-win plateau.
• Hofstra head coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey is in her sixth season at the helm of the Pride women's basketball program. Kilburn-Steveskey is 87-74 (.540) overall.
• Barnes Arico and Kilburn-Steveskey have never met head-to-head, as Kilburn-Steveskey joined the Pride in May 2006.
• Barnes Arico is 2-0 against Hofstra.

When Last They Met
• Hofstra and St. John's last saw each other on Dec. 11, 2005, nearly six years ago. The Red Storm defeated the Pride for the second-straight year, taking a 71-65 victory on Hofstra's home court. With 1:21 left, it was a two-point game between the Red Storm and Pride, 63-61 in St. John's favor. To jump shots by Angela Clark and two free throws made in the final 10 seconds by Andrea Peterson ended the game for Hofstra.
• Four St. John's players scored in double-figures, with Clark leading the pack with 16 and a double-double with 10 rebounds. Danielle Chambers added 12 points, while Kia Wright and Monique McLean added 11 and 10, respectively.
• The score was tied five times, with six lead changes. The victory put St. John's at 8-1 at that point in the season. The 2005-06 squad went on to earn St. John's first NCAA berth since 1988.

Against The Colonial Athletic Association
• During the regular season, head coach Kim Barnes Arico's Red Storm is 4-2 against members of the Colonial Athletic Association.
• The last time St. John's played a member of the CAA was on Dec. 29, 2009 against Northeastern. The Red Storm won, 69-53.
• Since the 2002-03 season, St. John's is 2-0 against Northeastern, 2-0 against Hofstra and 0-2 against Delaware. St. John's also played the Blue Hens in the first round of the postseason WNIT tournament. St. John's won that match up, 48-42.

Scouting The Pride
• Hofstra is 1-1 on the young season so far after two games on the West Coast. The Pride lost the season-opener at Gonzaga, 101-88 (Nov. 11), but rebounded with a 90-69 (Nov. 13) victory over Eastern Washington. The Pride will be playing on five days rest, while St. John's played a night game on Wednesday.
• Rookie Andreana Thomas had a team-best 18 points in her debut against Gonzaga, while adding four assists. She averages 11.5 points per game through two contests.
• Sophomore guard Katelyn Loper leads the team in scoring, averaging 16.5 points over the last two games.
• The Pride shot 55 percent against Eastern Washington. Against Gonzaga Hofstra hit eight three-pointers, but attempted 22.
• Hofstra went 19-12 in 2010-11 and returned last season's leading scorer, Shante Evans (18.4 ppg in `10-'11). Evans averages 12.0 points through two games.

On This Date In STJ History
• During the Kim Barnes Arico Era, St. John's is 3-1 against opponents on Nov. 18.
• Prior to last season, the Red Storm played three-straight years on Friday's date. The last time St. John's played on Nov. 18 was during the 2009-10 season. St. John's defeated Massachusetts, 82-52 on the road. Four St. John's players scored in double-figures, with Da'Shena Stevens hitting a team-high 17 points. Centhya "Coco" Hart had 14, while Shenneika Smith and Eugeneia McPherson added 12 and 11, respectively. Stevens had a near double-double with nine rebounds.
• St. John's defeated Dartmouth on the road in 2008, 74-39, but lost at Vermont, 66-48, in the TD Bank North Classic. In 2005, the Red Storm defeated Boston University, 64-53 in the season opener.
• Overall, St. John's is 3-2 on Nov. 18.

Homecoming for Harris
• Redshirt senior Tesia Harris will be making her first trip back to Hofstra since Harris played for the Pride's CAA-rival Delaware (2008-10).
• Harris is also a Long Island native, out of Dix Hills, N.Y. and an alumna of Half Hollow Hills West.
• Harris scored 11 points (5-for-12) the last time she played against the Pride on March 3, 2010.
• Harris transferred to St. John's last season, and sat out 2010-11 due to transfer rules. In two games with St. John's she averaged 4.0 points and made her first start against La Salle on Wednesday.

Miss 300
• With nine assists so far in 2011-12, point guard Nadirah McKenith has reached the 300-assist plateau. This feat was only reached by nine other St. John's players and McKenith becomes the first player get to 300 since Kia Wright(2004-08)

• As a team, St. John's had 10 blocks against La Salle (Nov. 16), led by Mary Nwachukwu, Shenneika Smith and Keylantra Langley, who each had two. The last time St. John's had 10 blocks in a game was on Dec. 19, 2009 vs. Texas-Arlington. The Red Storm had 11 blocks and won 79-47.

Up Next
• St. John's will return home to face Wagner on Tuesday, Nov. 22 as part of a men's and women's basketball doubleheader at Carnesecca Arena. The women will tip off at 6 p.m. against the Seahawks, followed by the men's game vs. St. Francis at 9 p.m.
• Both the women's and men's basketball games will be aired live on ESPN3, produced by STJ TV.
• ESPN3 is available in approximately 70 million households nationwide through an affiliated provider - online at, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE.
• St. John's is 12-1 all-time against Wagner and last met on Dec. 9, 1999. St. John's won 62-55.




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