No. 2/2 Duke Highlights St. John's Trip To Surf 'N Slam Holiday Classic

Dec. 26, 2005

  • Game Notes

    GAMES 11 & 12
    ST. JOHN'S (9-1, 0-1) at the SURF `N SLAM HOLIDAY CLASSIC
    WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28, 2005 • 8:00 p.m. (11:00 p.m. ET) • DUKE (9-0, 0-0)

    The St. John's women's basketball team heads to the Surf `N Slam Holiday Classic, hosted by the University of San Diego, for two tournament games on Wednesday and Friday. The Red Storm will first face No. 2/2 Duke on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 8 p.m. (11 p.m. ET) at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. St. John's boasts a 9-1 overall record and looks to remain unbeaten in non-conference play.

    Noting the Red Storm
    • St. John's remained undefeated in non-conference action this season with a home win over Stony Brook on Sunday, Dec. 17. The Red Storm remained unbeaten at home and topped the Seawolves, 79-60, before taking a 10-day break for exams and the Christmas holiday.
    • For the second year in a row, St. John's is unbeaten in non-league play. Under head coach Kim Barnes Arico's guidance, the Red Storm is on a 22-game regular-season non-conference win streak. The 2004-05 squad did not lose a non-BIG EAST game and opened the season 11-0. The team's last non-conference loss was a Dec. 20, 2003 defeat at Ohio State.
    • St. John's opened its season with a 7-0 record for the second year in a row before suffering its first setback of the season at Marquette on Dec. 6. The Golden Eagles won, 60-57, in their inaugural BIG EAST game.
    • Prior to that contest, the Red Storm won its first tournament title of the season, dominating Wake Forest (Dec. 2), 70-38, and host Northwestern (Dec. 3), 95-53, to take the championship game of the Roger and Mildred White Invitational in Evanston, Ill.
    Angela Clark has had an impressive start to her junior campaign, as she has posted a team-high six double-doubles and has scored in double figures in eight of the Red Storm's first 10 games. The forward leads the team by averaging 13.7 points per game.
    • The junior duo of Clark and former Copiague High School teammate Kia Wright continues to pace the Red Storm offensively. The pair lead three St. John's players who average in double figures for scoring, as Wright also averages 13.7 points per game. Wright has scored at least 10 points in each of the Red Storm's wins this year, and was a preseason All-BIG EAST selection.
    • Senior Danielle Chambers is the third Red Storm player in double figures and the only player to be averaging a double-double with 11.0 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per game. She was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Roger and Mildred White Invitational (Dec. 2-3) and is also leading the team in minutes played (30.7 per game).
    • St. John's trails the all-time series with Duke, 2-1, but the teams have not met since the 1989-90 season. In that Nov. 26, 1989 game at the Western Kentucky Tournament, the Blue Devils prevailed, 95-63. The Red Storm victory in the series came on Dec. 21, 1979 at the Princeton Invitational. It was a 79-55 St. John's win.
    • Following Wednesday's game, the Red Storm will wrap up non-conference play with a final tournament game against either host San Diego or Montana State on Friday, Dec. 30. Upon returning home, St. John's will host Notre Dame on Jan. 4 in Carnesecca Arena in its second BIG EAST game of the year.

    • In six of the Red Storm's 10 games this year, at least four players have reached double figures.
    • Four different players have been a game's high scorer (Chambers, Clark, Tara Walker and Wright).

    • Junior Angela Clark has had early success posting double-doubles. Her total of six is currently a team-best and the second-best total in the BIG EAST. For her three-year career, Clark has notched 25 double-doubles.
    • Only DePaul's Khara Smith has a better total in the conference, as she has posted eight.
    • Clark's six double-doubles also ranks among the best in the country. Here is a breakdown of national leaders through games as of Dec. 20, 2005:

    Name, School - Double-Doubles (Games Played)
    1. Khara Smith, DePaul - 8 (12 games)
       Kyra Kaylor, William & Mary - 8 (8 games)
       Courtney Paris, Oklahoma - 8 (11 games)
    4. Zane Teilane, W. Illinois - 7 (9 games)
       Ashley Haynes, Austin Peay - 7 (8 games)
       Gabrielle Guegbelet, Central Connecticut - 7 (8 games)
       Armintie Price, Mississippi - 7 (11 games)
    8. Jenny Callan, Lehigh - 6 (9 games)
       LaToya Davis, Texas Tech - 6 (10 games)
       LaKrisha Brown, Morehead State - 6 (9 games)
       Sophia Young, Baylor - 6 (9 games)
       Angela Clark, ST. JOHN'S - 6 (10 games)
       Adrianne Davie, Arkansas State - 6 (10 games)
       Megan Frazee, Liberty - 6 (8 games)
       Yolanda Jones, UL-Lafayette - 6 (8 games)

    • Head coach Kim Barnes Arico has brought home court advantage back to Carnesecca Arena. So far this year, the Red Storm is undefeated on its home court with a 4-0 record. Last season, St. John's posted a winning season at home (7-4) for the first time since the 1998-99 season.

    • St. John's claimed its first tournament title of the season, defeating Wake Forest (70-38) and Northwestern (95-53) at the Roger and Mildred White Invitational on Dec. 2-3.
    Angela Clark was the tournament's Most Valuable Player, while Danielle Chambers was named to the All-Tournament team.
    • For the two games, St. John's out-scored its opponents, 82.5-45.5.

    • After getting off to a 7-0 start to the 2005-06 season, the St. John's women's basketball team received votes in the Dec. 6 Associated Press national women's basketball poll. After moving its non-conference win streak to 20 games with victories over Wake Forest (Dec. 2) and Northwestern (Dec. 3), St. John's suffered a loss at Marquette (Dec. 6) but bounced back with a Dec. 11 win over Hofstra and has an overall record of 8-1.
    • It is the second year in a row that the Red Storm has received votes in a national poll, as St. John's garnered votes last season after beginning the year with an 11-0 record.

    • Three exciting freshmen join the Red Storm for the 2005-06 season. Rookie Monique McLean has been impressive in her first season, as she averages 16.0 minutes per game and is fourth on the team in scoring with 7.7 points per game. Against Wake Forest on Dec. 2, the versatile guard drained three 3-pointers en route to a career-high 15 points. She provided a spark in the first half of the team's Dec. 11 win over Hofstra, scoring 10 points.
    • The other two members of the Red Storm's freshmen class, Lisa Claxton and Angel Tate have also seen playing time. Claxton played a career-high 18 minutes in the Storm's Nov. 30 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson, while Tate pulled down her first career rebound on Nov. 20 vs. Army. Both rookies scored their first career points on Nov. 23 vs. Monmouth.

    • One of head coach Kim Barnes Arico's goals when taking over the Red Storm program was to keep the top players from New York close to home at St. John's. Three seasons later, her philosophy continues, as six out of 12 players on the roster are from the Empire State.
    • High school teammates Angela Clark and Kia Wright hail from Copiague, Long Island, while freshman Lisa Claxton is from Hempstead, Long Island. Seniors Mercedes Dukes and Danielle Chambers are from the Bronx and Brooklyn, respectively, while senior Dana Petersen is a Staten Island native.
    • Born in Mastic Beach, N.Y., Barnes Arico is also a native New Yorker and has coached in or near the state during her entire career. She has moved up the coaching ranks from New Jersey's Fairleigh Dickinson-Madison and NJIT and out to Long Island at Adelphi University before making the move to Queens to take the reins of St. John's.

    • St. John's has put up impressive numbers in its first nine games, as the team currently ranks third in the BIG EAST and 25th in the nation for scoring defense (54.1 points per game) and owns the league's fourth-best and the nation's 17th-best scoring margin at +19.1 points per game.
    • As a team, St. John's also leads the league in rebounding offense (45.5 per game) and is second for steals per game (11.10).
    Danielle Chambers is second in the league and 13th in the nation with 10.8 rebounds per game, while Angela Clark and Kia Wright are currently 18th in the BIG EAST in scoring (13.7 ppg). Clark is the league's fifth-best rebounder (9.6 rpg), while Wright ranks sixth for assists (4.7 per game) and fourth for steals (2.6 per game).
    • Here is a breakdown of all Red Storm players ranked in the BIG EAST and in the nation:

    Player             Category/Stat         BIG EAST Rank  National Rank
    Angela Clark       Scoring/13.7          T-18
                       Rebounding/9.6        5
                       Off. Rebounds/4.70    1
                       Field Goal Pct./.524  7
                       Blocks/1.20           11
    Kia Wright         Scoring /13.7         T-18
                       Assists/4.7           6
                       Steals/2.6            4
    Danielle Chambers  Rebounding/10.8       2              13
                       Def. Rebounds/6.30    5
    *Statistics as of Dec. 21

    • St. John's has six players returning who averaged at least 20 minutes from last year's squad. At the top of the extremely deep roster is Kia Wright and Angela Clark. Wright was a second-team All-BIG EAST selection and led the team in scoring, while Clark registered more double-doubles than any other Red Storm player.
    • Joining Wright in the backcourt is Andrea Peterson, who started 18 games during her rookie season.
    • The Red Storm boasts five seniors on its roster: Greeba Barlow, Danielle Chambers, Mercedes Dukes, Dana Petersen and Tara Walker. Barlow, Chambers and Walker all spent time in the starting line-up last season, while Dukes saw key minutes in a reserve role and Petersen is the only player to have been on the team all three seasons of Barnes Arico's tenure at St. Johns.

    • Now entering her fourth year at St. John's, head coach Kim Barnes Arico has put together a staff that is more than familiar with her coaching.
    • Assistant coach Shannon Farley first played for, then coached under Barnes Arico at Adelphi University on Long Island before moving with her to St. John's. Director of Basketball Operations Jackie Smith has been with Barnes Arico from the beginning, as she begins her fourth season at St. John's as well.
    • Assistant coach Jonath Nicholas begins his second season on the Red Storm sidelines this year, while assistant coach Joe Tartamella returns in a full-time role after serving as a graduate assistant in 2002-03 and 2003-04.

    • The Blue Devils, ranked No. 2 in both national polls, have an overall record of 9-0 after defeating Colorado State, 99-52, on Dec. 22 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Abby Waner led all scorers with 23 points, while Mistie Williams and Wanisha Smith each added 13.
    • Monique Currie is Duke's leading scorer at 14.3 points per game, while Waner (12.2), Williams (11.6), Lindsay Harding (10.8) and Alison Bales (10.0) are also averaging double figures.
    • St. John's trails the all-time series with Duke, 2-1, but the teams have not met since the 1989-90 season. In that Nov. 26, 1989 game at the Western Kentucky Tournament, the Blue Devils prevailed, 95-63. The Red Storm victory in the series came on Dec. 21, 1979 at the Princeton Invitational. It was a 79-55 St. John's win.
    • Duke's head coach is Gail Goestenkors. She is a 1985 graduate of Saginaw Valley State and is in her 14th season with the Blue Devils.

    • San Diego is 3-7 on the year and dropped its last contest, 68-51, to Boise State on Dec. 18. In that game, the USD was led by Michelle Augustavo and Tiara Harris with 12 points each.
    • Augustavo is San Diego's leading scorer at 11.4 points per game.
    • St. John's and San Diego have never met in women's basketball action.
    • San Diego's head coach is Cindy Fisher. She is in her first season with the Toreros.

    • The Bobcats have an 0-9 record heading into the Surf `N Slam Tournament. Their last contest was a tough 85-84 loss at Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 19.
    • Scotta Morton and Alyssa Nelson pace Montana State offensively, as Morton averages 10.4 points per game and Nelson is right behind her at 10.1 ppg.
    • St. John's and Montana State have never met in women's basketball action.
    • Tricia Binford is the head coach of the Bobcats. She is a 1995 graduate of Boise State and is in her first season at the helm of Montana State.

    • Following Wednesday's game, the Red Storm will wrap up non-conference play with a final tournament game against either host San Diego or Montana State on Friday, Dec. 30. Upon returning home, St. John's will host Notre Dame on Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. in Carnesecca Arena in its second BIG EAST game of the year.

    St. John's To Host Two Home Games At Madison Square Garden For First Time
    • For the first time in school history, the Red Storm women's basketball team will host two regular-season BIG EAST games at Madison Square Garden. St. John's can be seen at the World's Most Famous Arena on Jan. 21 against Villanova and on Jan. 29 against West Virginia.

    Storm Picked To Finish Eighth In New-Look BIG EAST
    • St. John's was picked to finish eighth in the new-look, expanded BIG EAST as the league held its annual BIG EAST Women's Basketball Media Day on Oct. 27. • Rutgers was chosen the preseason favorite, followed by Connecticut and Notre Dame. DePaul and Villanova rounded out the top five.

    BIGGER Is Better
    • This season, the BIG EAST Conference expanded to 16 teams for women's basketball, making it the largest conference in the nation. New for 2005-06 are Cincinnati, DePaul, Louisville, Marquette and South Florida. Twelve teams will qualify for the BIG EAST Championships, held March 4-7 at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Conn.

    Wright Named To The Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
    • Junior guard Kia Wright was named to the preseason all-conference team, the league announced on Oct. 27. The Copiague, N.Y., native returns after a breakout first year in a Red Storm jersey. One of the most dynamic guards in the league, Wright was a second team All-BIG EAST selection in 2004-05 and led the Red Storm in scoring with 14.8 points per game while adding 4.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.

    Taffner Field House, New Home Of St. John's Basketball
    • St. John's University opened the doors of Taffner Field House in September 2005. At approximately 43,000 square feet, the $16 million Taffner Field House includes four full size basketball courts and dedicated locker rooms for both student recreation and men's and women's basketball. It contains new offices and meeting rooms for the men's and women's basketball staffs, as well as weight training and medical training rooms. The facility also houses office and meeting space for Recreation and Intramural Sports.

    • If you would like the latest St. John's women's basketball news emailed to you directly as soon as it breaks, email women's basketball contact Amy Mulligan at with "Basketball Email" as the subject and you will receive every update distributed on the team.



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