Women's Basketball Ranked No. 24 In Associated Press Top 25
QUEENS, N.Y. – After receiving votes in each of the last three weeks, the St. John’s women’s basketball team is now ranked in the Associated Press Poll for the first time this season, earning 69 points to claim the No. 24 spot in this week’s poll.
Under second-year head coach Joe Tartamella, the Red Storm holds a 18-5 overall and 11-1 BIG EAST mark, and is currently riding a 10-game win streak, all against BIG EAST opponents. St. John’s current unbeaten run is the longest in conference play in program history.
“Being recognized by the AP is a prestigious honor, we are grateful for the recognition for our program as well as the entire BIG EAST Conference,” Tartamella stated.
Previously, St. John’s had earned 28 votes on Feb. 3, 14 votes in the Jan. 27 poll and seven votes on Jan. 20. The last time the Red Storm was ranked in the AP Top 25 was Nov. 26, 2012 when St. John’s was slotted No. 17 with 314 points.
In its last outing, the Red Storm saw five players score in double-figures in an 85-65 victory over Providence in Queens on Feb. 8. Sophomore Danaejah Grant recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds while St. John’s set season highs in bench points with 47, total rebounds with 59 and offensive rebounds with 23, finishing plus-22 on the glass and scoring 58 points in the paint. Freshman Jade Walker added a career-high 14 points for the Red Storm while senior Eugeneia McPherson, who on Feb. 1 became the program’s 20th member of the illustrious 1,000-point club, tallied a career-high 11 assists.
Earlier this season, St. John’s defeated then-No. 24 ranked Texas A&M, 72-70, on a game-winning basket by sophomore guard Aliyyah Handford at the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 22, and also boasts a 96-86 victory over DePaul who is receiving votes in the AP poll.
Up next, St. John’s has the week off before welcoming Villanova to Carnesecca Arena on Saturday, Feb. 15, for a 12 p.m. tip on CBS Sports Network.