April 17, 2013
The St. John’s women’s basketball team made history
this week when two players became the Red Storm’s first WNBA draft
Nadirah McKenith ’13CPS and
Shenneika Smith ’13CPS were selected Monday evening, April 11,
2013. The draft was televised live in prime time on ESPN2 and
ESPNU. McKenith was the Washington Mystics’ second-round pick, No.
17 overall, while Smith was selected 25th overall by the New York
“This was an extraordinary night for two of our young ladies,” said
St. John’s Head Women’s Basketball Coach
Joe Tartamella ’04MBA. “It was also a special night for our
community and women’s basketball program as a whole. It just shows
how special St. John’s is and what our players can be capable of as
part of our program.”
Noting that he was able to recruit and coach McKenith and Smith
after watching them play in high school, Tartamella added, “It’s
something very special to me, and I really have a lot of pride that
I was able to watch these two young ladies grow up before my
McKenith and Smith played an integral role in the Red
Storm’s four-straight NCAA Tournament berths. Earning WBCA
Honorable Mention All-America recognition earlier this month, they
also were voted to the 2013 All-BIG EAST first team and the 2013
All-Metropolitan Basketball Writers’ Association (MBWA) first team.
In their career records, Smith finished fourth in scoring, with
1,727 points; McKenith, No. 11, with 1,293 points. McKenith also is
the all-time career assist record holder, with 605.
Over the past five years, several of St. John’s women have played
professionally overseas including:
Da'Shena Stevens ’12TCB, Centhya "Coco" Hart ’11CPS,
Tiina Sten ’08C,
Joy McCorvey ’12Ed and
Monique McLean ’09C.