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COURTSIDE: Legend in the Making

COURTSIDE: Legend in the Making

Sean Okula, Staff Writer

November 9, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll, Women's Basketball

A coach’s success can be defined in a number of ways. One may start by looking at the banners hanging in the rafters, or in the case of Carnesecca Arena, on the walls. Women’s basketball Head Coach Joe Tartamella has left his mark on those concrete stanchions. Five seasons have passed since he took the reig...

COURTSIDE: Name a Better Duo…I’ll Wait

COURTSIDE: Name a Better Duo…I’ll Wait

Dylan Hornik, Co-Sports Editor

November 9, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

Abbott and Costello. Simon and Garfunkel. Heck, even Lucy and Ethel. History is littered with iconic pairs that set the world ablaze in one way or another. This goes double in basketball, where NBA greats have often teamed up to win championships and build Hall-of-Fame résumés. Just this summer, ...

COURTSIDE: Brelovin’ It In Queens

COURTSIDE: Brelovin’ It In Queens

Isabella Bruni, Co-News Editor

November 9, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll, Women's Basketball

“I always knew that the small town was a great place that supported my dreams, but it wasn’t the place to follow them.” For self-proclaimed country girl Curteeona Brelove, the journey to playing for St. John’s included a few pit-stops up the east coast. Coming from the Snowhill neighb...

COURTSIDE: The Rim Reapers

COURTSIDE: The Rim Reapers

Zoë Stanley, Contributing Writer

November 9, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll, Women's Basketball

St. John’s Media Day on Oct. 26 provided a snapshot of what’s expected this season from the storied women’s basketball team. Following the departure of All-Big East First Team member Jade Walker, the Red Storm look to the return of senior forwards Imani Littleton and Maya Singleton to be major ...

COURTSIDE: Back in the New York Groove

COURTSIDE: Back in the New York Groove

Ariana Ortiz, Co-News Editor

November 9, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll, Women's Basketball

Rory Kuhn says that one of the main attractions of his new role as an assistant coach of the women’s basketball team is simple: St. John’s is synonymous with home. “Being from New York, the allure of St. John’s is just something that’s huge…If you’re a New Yorker, you associate it w...

COURTSIDE: Ready for Action

COURTSIDE: Ready for Action

John Cavanagh, Staff Writer

November 9, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

The St. John’s Red Storm men’s basketball team finished last season at 14-19, six wins more than they had in Chris Mullin’s first year coaching the team. The Red Storm’s big step forward was due to the addition of guards Shamorie Ponds and Marcus Lovett. The two made up  one of the highest sc...

COURTSIDE: Will They Kneel?

COURTSIDE: Will They Kneel?

Angelica Acevedo, Co-Social Media Manager

November 9, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll, Women's Basketball

Perhaps one of the questions in the backs of spectators’ minds as the St. John’s basketball season quickly approaches is: Will the athletes kneel during the national anthem? Ever since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 as ...

COURTSIDE: Free Transfer

COURTSIDE: Free Transfer

Kyle Suta, Contributing Writer

November 8, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

This season, the Red Storm welcomes two more transfers in sophomore guard Mikey Dixon and sophomore forward Sedee Keita. Dixon left Quinnipiac after his freshman season to come to St. John’s. He said he sees his move to New York as both a challenge for himself and a step up from Quinnipiac. “...

COURTSIDE: A Hall-of-Fame Rivalry

COURTSIDE: A Hall-of-Fame Rivalry

Derrell Bouknight, Co-Sports Editor

November 8, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

They were back to where the rivalry first started, the two friends who were introduced as enemies 36 years ago, separated by cameras and a few hop steps. In The World’s Most Famous Arena — the same arena where Ali lost to Frazier and Billy Joel can’t stop breaking his own records — the two lau...

COURTSIDE: Q&A with Tamesha “Sox” Alexander

COURTSIDE: Q&A with Tamesha “Sox” Alexander

Nithaelle Drouillard, Contributing Writer

November 8, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll, Women's Basketball

Going into her last season with the Johnnies, Tamesha “Sox” Alexander will hit the court with full force for the Red Storm this year.  During St. John’s Media Day on Oct. 26, the young point guard talked about her experience at SJU and her mindset both on and off the court. Q: Do you have ...

COURTSIDE: The Long Road Back

COURTSIDE: The Long Road Back

Darren Maraj, Contributing Writer

November 8, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll, Women's Basketball

Last October, women’s basketball Head Coach Joe Tartamella delivered the sobering news that highly-touted freshman Tiana England would miss the season due to a devastating knee injury suffered in practice. She missed all of last season as her team finished with a record of 22-12 overall record and an ...

COURTSIDE: Learning from the Best

COURTSIDE: Learning from the Best

Dylan Hornik, Co-Sports Editor

November 8, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll, Women's Basketball

Imagine watching Picasso paint a masterpiece, sitting next to the canvas and seeing the unrelenting potential glow in his eyes. Or watching Mozart compose a piano sonata, working through his ideas to realize a finished product. It would be an absolute privilege to watch some of the leading minds in a...

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