Dec. 5, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. – The Red Storm is back in action on Friday night when St. John’s plays at Auburn (5-3) in a 7 p.m. contest at the Auburn Arena. The 5-1 Red Storm is coming off a thrilling come-from-behind win, 81-76, against Harvard on Dec. 1 at Carnesecca Arena and will look to improve on its 1-1 road record.
Last Time Out
- The St. John's women's basketball team used a 21-4 second-half run to earn an 81-76 victory over Harvard at Carnesecca Arena on Sunday afternoon. The Red Storm improved to 5-1 while the loss dropped Harvard to 6-2. The Red Storm trailed 36-30 at halftime but scored 51 second-half points on 53.1% shooting and hit 13-of-14 second-half free throw attempts in the come-from-behind victory.
- Freshman point guard Aaliyah Lewis and junior forward Mallory Jones sparked St. John's comeback, as Lewis scored a career-high 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting to go with a career-high five steals, while Jones netted a career-high 10 points of her own, including a pair of crucial 3-pointers. Sophomore guard Aliyyah Handford had her fourth 20-point game of the season with a game-high 25 points and added six rebounds, three assists and three steals in another strong early season performance.
- Auburn enters Friday’s contest against St. John’s at 5-3, 0-0 SEC. The Tigers defeated Tulane, 62-52, in their last outing.
- The Tanner sisters, Tyrese and Tra’Cee, average 15.0 and 11.6 point per game, respectively. Tra’Cee also averages 7.1 rebounds per contest while shooting 59 percent from the field.
- Junior Hasina Muhammad, a Preseason All-SEC Second Team selection, saw her first action of the season at the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout where she put up 11 points and three rebounds in the Tigers win over Ball State. Muhammad also led all scorers with 15 points in Auburn’s loss to Iowa St.
St. John’s & Auburn - The Series
- So far, the Tigers are 3-0 at home this season compared to their 1-2 record away from Auburn Arena.
- This is the first meeting between the Red Storm and the Tigers.
Handford Ninth In The Nation In Scoring
- Aliyyah Handford is ninth in the nation in scoring after averaging 24.3 points per game and notching team-highs in points in the first six games.
51-Point Second Half Ranks Among Best In Past 13 Years
- The Red Storm used a 51-point second half surge to earn a come-from-behind victory over Harvard on Dec. 1, 2013. It is the 12th time since the 2001-02 season that St. John’s has scored 50 or more points in a half.
- In each of the Red Storm’s 12 games with 50-plus halves, nine have come in the second half and all have given St. John’s the win.
- St. John’s has tallied two second half 51-point performances over the past 13 years, both coming against Harvard.
Handford Earns Spot On Three-Straight BIG EAST Weekly Honor Rolls
- Aliyyah Handford earned a spot on the Week 1, 2 and 3 BIG EAST Weekly Honor Rolls after recording three double-doubles in four contests and guiding the Red Storm to a 5-1 start.
- St. John’s wrapped up a stellar month of November at 5-1 overall and a perfect record at Carnesecca Arena, 4-0.
- St. John’s 4-0 start to the season was its best since the 2009-10 campaign when the Red Storm won its first seven games.
- After averaging 24.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game in November, sophomore guard was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll twice. It was her first time being tabbed to the Honor Roll in her young St. John’s career.Aliyyah Handford
- The Red Storm has had three different players record double-doubles in sophomore guards Ashley Perez, Aliyyah Handford and junior forward Amber Thompson. Handford leads the pack with three double-doubles this season.
BIG EAST Leaders
- In the BIG EAST, St. John’s is ranked first in field goal percentage with a .462 mark after going 166-of-359 from the floor. The Red Storm also boasts the best 3-point field goal percentage defense (.233) in the conference.
- Individually, Aliyyah Handford leads the BIG EAST in scoring with 24.3 points per game and is second in steals with 2.5 per game.
St. John’s against the SEC
- The Red Storm has a 4-10 record against SEC opponents dating back to 1983. St. John’s last topped an SEC squad on Dec. 29, 1991, a 73-64 win over Kentucky in Queens. Most recently, the Red Storm fell to Florida, 72-68, on Nov. 26, 2013.