Grant’s late free throws seal sixth-straight win MICHAEL TRIVIGNO Staff Writer
The St. John’s women’s basketball team withstood another close matchup, escaping with a 66-63 victory over Big East opponent Georgetown Sunday night at Carnesecca Arena. Since the calendar turned to 2014, the Red Storm have put together a six-game winning streak and is currently sitting atop the Big East standings. ST. JOHN’S
After a strong first half, the Red Storm (14-5, 7-1) found themselves down in the closing minutes of the game, but two last minute free throws from sophomore guard Danaejah Grant edged the Johnnies past Georgetown (7-13, 1-7) “I’m proud of our young ladies with their resiliency and their ability to finish down the stretch,” said St. John’s head coach Joe Tartamella. “I’m proud of them and we got another big week ahead.” Senior guard Eugeneia McPherson led the way with her team-high 16 points , as well as 5 assists and 2 steals. “To see her from the first game to now, she definitely fits in with us and she gives us a huge spark off the bench,” McPherson said on Grant’s clutch performance late in the game. Grant added, “Each game that we play I feel like we gain more experience and being
After narrowly up-ending William & Mary on Saturday, the St. John’s men’s tennis team was defeated by Penn State 7-0 in Happy Valley on Sunday. Sophomores R.J. Del Nunzio, Lucas Hejhal and freshman Robert Livi each lost their singles matches at the No. 1, 3 and 4 slots, respectively. Saturday hero Vaidik Munshaw couldn’t swing any momentum as he lost in straight sets to the Nittany Lion’s Michael Rielly, 6-5 (3), 5-6 (2), 10-2. St. John’s (1-1, 0-0) will welcome DePaul to Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Jan. 31 at noon. While the men struggled, the women shined against Fairfield, 5-2, in the team’s season opener. This year’s season opener was the first at home for the ladies since the 2004-05 season. Senior Yanita Arnaudova and junior Nastya Polyakova each had straight set victories at the No. 5 and No. 2 spots, respectively. Freshman Anna Morozova won the clinching match with a 7-5, 6-0 win over Stag’s Allison Raddle. This is the second straight year that the Red Storm (1-0, 0-0 Big East) beat Fairfield. St. John’s swept Fairfield 7-0 on Jan. 26, 2013. This is also
Leavin’ their Mark Jordan wins first career Rookie of the week
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Amber Thompson notched 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks.
that we’re on top of the Big East now, the rest of the games we play aren’t going to be easy. We’ll just have to find a way to win.” Junior forward Amber Thompson put together another solid performance down low, finishing with 10 points, 9 rebounds and a career-high 4 blocks. “One of the reasons why we’re being successful is what Amber is doing,” Tartamella noted. “We feel that she’s one of the best post players of our conference.” In recent games, the Red Storm has found themselves in tight matchups and
the cause of these close contests has been the solid play from the Big East this season. “Our league is extremely strong and it’s one of the best in the country,” said Tartamella. “The Big East is really starting to show its strength by the way we play against each other.” McPherson added, “It’s really good for our fans to watch.” St. John’s will try to extend their winning streak to seven games when they take on Big East Rival Xavier Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Carnesec-
Men lose, women win this weekend JON PEREZ
the first time the Red Storm won their season opener since 2006 when they beat Binghamton, 6-1.
The ladies will travel to Princeton on Saturday, Feb. 1 when they take on the Tigers at noon.
Over the last two years, it seemed as if the Big East Rookie of the Week award would find its way to Utopia Parkway. After a two and a half month hiatus it’s back in Queens. St. John’s first-year guard Rysheed Jordan was named the Big East Conference Rookie of the Week. This is the first week that Jordan won the award, and it marks the first time since last season when sophomore JaKarr Sampson nabbed the honor seven times. Jordan, the Big East preseason Rookie of the Year, helped the Red Storm in their two game winning-streak as he averaged 11.5 points with 4.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds. Jordan had a good week on the floor as he shot 53.3 percent (8-for-15) along with an 83.3 mark from the charity stripe (5-of-6). Last Thursday against Seton Hall, Jordan collected a game-high and career-best six assists. He scored 16 points on 7-of-11 field goals against Butler on Saturday. This award is the fifth Big East weekly honor for the Johnnies this year.
Blowin’ in the Wind “I’ve been pretty consistent that this would be a team that would probably hit its stride in February.” -Steve Lavin
Red Storm upcoming schedule
Men’s Basketball Feb. 1 Feb. 4 Feb. 9
Marquette* at Providence Creighton*
Women’s Basketball Jan. 29 Feb. 1 Feb. 5 Feb. 8
Vaidik Munshaw was Saturday’s hero, but couldn’t rekindle the same magic on Sunday.
Xavier at Seton Hall at Butler Providence
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