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Women’s Basketball Falls to DePaul in BIG EAST Final

Thursday, March 13, 2014

In their first BIG EAST Tournament title game appearance since 1988, the number two-ranked St. John’s women’s basketball team was defeated by the top-seeded DePaul Blue Demons by a score of 65-57 on Tuesday.

Despite holding the conference’s top-scoring offense below its season average by 19 points, St. John’s could not prevent the Blue Demons from winning the 2014 BIG EAST Tournament title, the first in DePaul’s history.

“Obviously we’re disappointed to not come away with a win,” said St. John’s head coach Joe Tartamella. “I’m so proud of our young ladies, though, and how they played in the last three days.”

Aliyyah Handford ’16CPS scored a team-high 13 points for St. John’s with six rebounds, five steals, and three assists and was named to the All-Tournament Team.  Briana Brown ’14Ed, team captain, joined Handford in double figures with 12 points.

The Red Storm will now wait for Selection Monday to see if they earn a berth in this year’s NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. “Our season is not over,” said Tartamella. “We’ve achieved something that our university hasn’t done in a long time. Our players know they want to have this opportunity again in the future.”