No. 17/15 St. John's Travels To Boston For Second-Straight Road Game

Nadirah McKenith.

Nov. 30, 2012

(17/15) St. John's (4-1) at Boston University (4-3)
Saturday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. (ET)
Case Gym (1,800) | Boston, Mass.

QUEENS, N.Y. - No. 17/15 St. John's will make the trip up to Boston on Saturday for its second-straight road game against an America East opponent. The Red Storm will tip off against the Boston University Terriers at 1 p.m.

Saturday's Tip Off Quick Hits
• Red Storm fans can follow the action from Case Gym "The Roof" live via Terriers TV, the Boston University All-Access platform. Fans can use the same subscription for St. John's StormTracker All-Access. Nick Koop will be on the call with Davis VanOpdorp.
• St. John's and Boston University are meeting for the 18th time in a series history dating back to 1979. St. John's has won the last five-straight meetings between these two non-conference opponents.
• Sunday's game is the second of two-consecutive meetings between St. John's and a team from the America East Conference. On Sunday, Nov. 25, the Red Storm defeated Hartford in Connecticut, 66-54.
• On Monday, Red Storm senior guard Shenneika Smith was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week as she averaged 21.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in a 2-0 week for the Red Storm.
• Smith currently leads St. John's in points per game (20.8), rebounds per game (11.5), assists per game (4.0), steals (16) and blocks (12). Nationally, Smith ranks No. 22 in scoring and No. 18 in rebounding. She is also No. 16 in double-doubles and No. 18 in blocks.
• Junior Briana Brown continues to be a consistent scorer for St. John's as she has reached double-digits in four of five games. Brown is currently third in scoring with 12.2 points per game.
• Senior Nadirah McKenith is close to becoming St. John's 19th 1,000-point scorer. She will enter Saturday's contest with 976 points.
• The Red Storm will be playing the rest of the 2012-13 season without one of its senior leaders. Guard Eugeneia McPhersonwill sit the rest of the year, rehabilitating a torn ACL - suffered in the early minutes of the second half at Hartford (Nov. 25). She is expected to have surgery on her knee (right).

Red Storm vs. Terriers - The Series
• Saturday's meeting is the 18th in a series history dating back to 1979. St. John's holds a 14-3 overall record over Boston University. All three losses were at Case Gym (Feb. 2, 1980, Feb. 24, 1988 and Dec. 17, 2006).
• St. John's has won the last five-straight games against Boston University, with the last victory on New Year's Eve at Carnesecca Arena last season. St. John's defeated Boston University, 75-38.
• The last time St. John's visited "The Roof" at Case Gym was on Dec. 4, 2010. STJ defeated BU, 66-42. Then-No. 20/24 St. John's took off to a 20-point lead, 32-12 with four minutes left in the first half. The Terriers could not rally back and St. John's led by as many as 28 points at the 7:32 mark in the second period, 60-32
• St. John's won the first meeting between the two schools, 72-56 on Feb. 3, 1979. BU won the very next year, 90-81 at Boston in a double-OT game - but did not win again until Feb. 24, 1988.
• In 1980-81, STJ and BU went into OT again, this time STJ winning, 104-94.
• The series was rekindled in 2005. Since then, St. John's is 6-1 over BU.

Scouting the Terriers
• Boston University is 4-3 so far this season, 3-2 in its last five games played. The Terriers defeated Rhode Island, Eastern Michigan, Richmond and Boston College, but lost at Michigan, Northeastern and West Virginia. In the Terriers' last time out at URI (Nov. 27), BU defeated the Rams, 52-49. Senior guard Chantell Alford scored 17 points for a game-high in the win.
• Alford is a two-time America East Player of the Year and a unanimous selection to the America East Preseason All-Conference Team. To date, Alford averages 19.0 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game to lead the team in both categories. She had 20 points against Northeastern.
• Alford is helped by classmate Mo Moran, also a preseason America East All-Conference selection. The guard earned conference first team honors in 2011-12. She averages 11.7 points per game.
• BU was picked to finish second in the America East preseason coaches poll after winning the 2011-12 regular season. 70 percent of the Terriers' offense returned from 2011-12, a squad that finished 23-9 and advanced to the first round of the WNIT.

St. John's vs. The America East
• Second to the Atlantic 10, the America East Conference is St. John's most-played against league. St. John's plays back-to-back games against teams from the AE, with Hartford followed by Boston University.
• Since the 2009-10 season, St. John's is 6-0 against teams from the America East. Along with three wins for St. John's over Hartford and two over Boston University, the Red Storm also defeated Stony Brook in the 2009-10 season-opener.

When Last they Met: St. John's vs. Boston University
• The Red Storm and Terriers last met on Dec. 31, 2011, with St. John's ending the calendar year on a high note to the tune of a 75-38 victory via 54.7 percent shooting. Guards Eugeneia McPherson and Shenneika Smith scored 15 points each, and a career-best 11 points from Mary Nwachukwu.
• Boston University was led by Chantell Alford who finished with 12 point and shot 2-for-3 from beyond the arc.
• The Red Storm held the Terriers to just 14 points in the first half on five field goals and 19.2 percent shooting.
• With 3:02 left in the opening stanza, St. John's had tripled Boston's score, 36-12, as McPherson rolled in a layup off a fast break and stolen ball.

Coaching Match Up
Joe Tartamella is 4-1 after making his coaching debut at the WBI Tip Off Invitational on Nov. 9-11. Tartamella earned his first-career coaching victory, 72-54, vs. UCF (Nov. 11). Tartamella has been part of the Red Storm coaching staff for the past nine years, moving up the ranks from graduate assistant to assistant coach to associate head coach; before he was hired as the eighth head coach in program history in April. He has been an integral part of four NCAA Tournaments appearances, with an undefeated record in the First Round, including St. John's run to its first-ever NCAA Sweet 16 in 2012.
• Boston University's Kelly Greenberg entered her ninth season as a head coach in 2012-13. She boasts a 153-104 (.595) record with the Terriers. Greenberg is 237-158 in her 14th year as a head coach. She is 1-6 against St. John's.

On This Date in St. John's History
• St. John's is 7-2 all-time playing on Dec. 1. The last time the Red Storm played on Dec. 1 was during the 2009-10 season against Stetson. St. John's won 87-51 at home.
• The last time St. John's played on the road on Dec. 1 was against Hofstra in 2004. St. John's won 83-70.
• The Red Storm's last loss on Dec. 1 was in 1999 vs. Buffalo, 73-67.
• St. John's and Boston University played each other on Dec. 1, 2007. The Red Storm defeated the Terriers, 79-69.

Last Time Out: STJ 66, Hartford 54
• Then-No. 18/16 St. John's defeated Hartford, 66-54, for its first true road victory. With the win, the Red Storm ended the Hawks' five-game winning streak.
• Senior Shenneika Smith led St. John's in nearly all categories, as she scored a game-best 21 points off 9-of-16 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds, two assists, a career-high five blocks and four steals.
• Senior Nadirah McKenith had 13 points, including four-straight free throws with under a minute to play, icing the game.
• Juniors Mary Nwachukwu and Keylantra Langley each had eight points in the win.
• In the first half, Hartford had outrebounded St. John's 20-16. But the Red Storm finished the game with 39 boards to the Hawks' 33.

Smith Named BIG EAST Player Of the Week & ECAC Player of the Week
Shenneika Smith was voted the BIG EAST Player of the Week on Monday, Nov. 26 after averaging 21.0 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game in a 2-0 week for the nationallY-ranked Red Storm. The following day, she was also tabbed the ECAC Player of the Week.
• The guard totaled seven assists, eight blocks and eight steals in the two games. Through games played on Nov. 25, Smith leads the league in rebounding (11.5 boards per game) and is second in scoring (20.8 points per game).
• In addition to BIG EAST rankings in rebounding and scoring, Smith is also No. 1 in the BIG EAST in steals (4.0 per game) and defensive rebounds (9.8 per game). She is also No. 2 in blocks (3.0 per game) and No. 11 in assists (4.0 per game).
• The Brooklyn, N.Y. native has been on the conference honor roll seven times over the course of her career, but Monday was the first time she has earned the coveted Player of the Week accolade.
• In the NCAA statistical rankings, first released on Tuesday, Nov. 27, Smith ranks 22nd of 250 players ranked in Division I in points per game. She is also No. 14 in steals per game (4.0), No. 18 in blocks per game (3.0) and rebounds per game (11.5) and No. 16 in double-doubles (three).

McPherson Sidelined For Rest Of 2012-13 With Knee Injury
• St. John's senior guard Eugeneia McPherson will sit out the remainder of the 2012-13 women's basketball season after injuring her right knee at Hartford (Nov. 25). McPherson had scored six points with four rebounds and two steals against the Hawks, before injuring her right knee driving to the basket with 16:41 left to play. McPherson was examined on Monday, Nov. 26 at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan by Dr. Jim Kinderknecht, who administered an MRI that revealed a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). The surgery, yet to be scheduled, to repair the damage will be performed by Dr. Answorth Allen from HSS. McPherson will not return to the court this season as she rehabilitates her knee.
• McPherson's injury meets the parameters of the NCAA hardship regulation. If she elects to rehabilitate her injury with the goal of returning for a fifth year in 2013-14, the hardship waiver would need final approval from the BIG EAST Conference Office.

Up Next
• St. John's will have a rematch against its 2012 Sweet 16 opponent, No. 4 Duke in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Dec. 9. the Red Storm and Blue Devils will tip off at approximately 1 p.m., following the Rutgers vs. Louisiana Tech game at 11:30 a.m.




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