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Two St. John’s stars ready to take the next step

Two St. John’s stars ready to take the next step

Carmine Carcieri, Co-Editor
April 20
Filed under Sports, Sports Scroll, Women's Basketball

After seven combined seasons in Queens, four combined All-Big East First team selections and 3,000 plus combined points, St. John’s women’s basketball stars Aliyyah Handford and Danaejah Grant have added another remarkable achievement to their resumes. Handford was selected in the third round, 27...

St. John’s women’s run ends in NCAA Tournament loss to Auburn

St. John’s women’s run ends in NCAA Tournament loss to Auburn

Dylan Hornik, Staff Writer
March 21
Filed under Home Scroll, March Madness, Sports, Women's Basketball

One of the most fruitful seasons in St. John’s women’s basketball history came to an emotional end on Friday. Unable to overcome a massive deficit, the Red Storm fell to Auburn, 68-57, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The loss concludes an inspiring season that saw the team earn their fi...

BEASTS OF THE EAST: St. John’s wins first conference title since 1988

BEASTS OF THE EAST: St. John’s wins first conference title since 1988

Dylan Hornik, Staff Writer
March 9
Filed under Home Scroll, March Madness, Sports, Women's Basketball

For the first time since 1988, the St. John’s women’s basketball team are the champions of the BIG EAST. A title-worthy defense brought the team a 50-37 victory over Creighton, its third win in as many days, a fourth conference title, and a ticket to the NCAA Tournament. The Red Storm held the Blu...

Women’s basketball settles for 4th in conference after loss to Creighton

Women’s basketball settles for 4th in conference after loss to Creighton

Brandon Mauk, Digital Sports Manager
March 2
Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

This wasn’t how St. John’s accomplished seniors wanted to get their last glimpse of Carnesecca Arena. In their regular season finale, the Red Storm fumbled a six-point lead midway through the fourth quarter and fell to Creighton, 64-57, Sunday afternoon. It was a disappointing way for seniors Danaej...

Milestones highlight St. John’s win over Providence

Milestones highlight St. John’s win over Providence

Dylan Hornik, Staff Writer
March 2
Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

A hard-fought first half turned into an easy victory for the St. John’s women’s basketball team, but that took backstage to several individual and team milestones reached in a 69-54 win over Providence on February 26. The team was led by seniors Danaejah Grant and Aliyyah Handford, who each poste...

Handford, Grant lead Johnnies to 7-3 stretch

Handford, Grant lead Johnnies to 7-3 stretch

Troy Mauriello and Carmine Carcieri
January 27
Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Behind their sensational duo of senior guards Danaejah Grant and Aliyyah Handford, the St. John’s women’s basketball team rolled to a 7-3 record over the winter break. Grant and Handford have averaged 19.3 and 17.3 points per game, respectively (as of Jan. 24), as they have led the Red Storm...

Courtside: Handford ready to take turn at the helm

Stephen Zitolo and Kyle Fitzgerald
November 15
Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Four years ago St. John’s women’s basketball head coach Joe Tartamella recruited an athletic and versatile guard from Shabazz High School in Newark, N.J. That player was Aliyyah Handford and, today, the 5’9” guard stands on the cusp of being the greatest player to ever step on the court for S...

Lewis schools Harvard in win

Michael Trivigno, Staff Writer
December 4
Filed under Women's Basketball

The St. John’s women’s basketball avoided their first losing streak of the season by taking down Harvard 81-76 Sunday afternoon at Carnesecca Arena. The Red Storm’s strong second half turned out to be the difference maker in this toe-for-toe matchup. “A really gutsy performance,” coach Joe...

Handford’s 32 leads all against Gaels

Handford’s 32 leads all against Gaels

Kyle Fitzgerald, Online Editor
November 13
Filed under Sports, Sports Scroll, Women's Basketball

St. John’s walked over Iona with a 78-48 victory in its’ home opener on Tuesday night. The Red Storm (2-0) rallied behind sophomore Aliyyah Handford’s career high 32 points to rout the Gaels (1-2). Down by six early, Handford got the Johnnies into an offensive groove as she put the ball back...

Johnnies Keep Stringer Stuck on 899

Kyle Fitzgerald, Staff Writer
February 25
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Basketball

St. John’s defeated Rutgers 61-48 on Saturday and prevented Coach C. Vivian Stringer from getting her 900 win. Having won 5 straight games, their longest winning streak this season, the Red Storm (15-10, 9-4) are sitting in prime position to book a spot in the NCAA tournament this March. Aliyyah...

McKenith Stars in Blowout Win

McKenith Stars in Blowout Win

Kyle Fitzgerald, Staff Writer
February 20
Filed under Sports, Sports Scroll, Women's Basketball

The women’s basketball team’s NCAA Tournament dreams are now inching closer to reality after a stellar performance by Nadirah McKenith propelled it to a 75-46 win over Cincinnati on Saturday at Carnesecca Arena. The victory was the Red Storm’s (13-10, 7-4) third in a row, which helped bump them...

Johnnies Narrowly Miss Out On Upset Win

Kyle Fitzgerald, Staff Writer
February 4
Filed under Sports, Sports Scroll, Women's Basketball

Queens, NY - St. John’s suffered a narrow loss at home against Connecticut on Sunday afternoon. The Red Storm (10-10, 4-4) exchanged blows with the Huskies (20-1, 7-1) – who were without Stephanie Dolson due to an illness – until the No. 3 ranked team in the country squeezed by in the final min...

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