Well, it wasn't a bad week all around. The St. John's women dispatched both local rivals (Rutgers and Seton Hall), holding both below 50 points, and even shot 52% from the field against the Hall on Saturday as part of a doubleheader with the men's Red Storm squad.
Anyone who came for the first game, the men's contest that pitted St. John's against Georgetown, probably was too stunned by the first result to appreciate the second if they had stayed.
The 67-51 loss to the Hoyas was the cap to a week that saw the promise of the young Johnnies dashed against the rocks of an 0-2 second week of the Big East season.
St. John's soccer alum Connor Lade is training with the US Men's National Soccer team as they prep for a friendly against our maple-leaf neighbors, Canada.
The St. John's vs Syracuse series seems like it's already in the works to continue.
We thought the Madison Square Garden homestand would tell us something about the Red Storm. And whet we are learning isn't good thus far.
And then there was Georgetown.
We mentioned in the pregame that St. John's needed transition chances and to disrupt the passing of the Hoya big men.
Neither happened, as St. John's was bogged down in isolation attempts against a Hoya team well-prepared to defend that kind of play. D`Angelo Harrison was isolated, covered, double-teamed; the Hoya zone made sure thatany penetrating player was met by a long-limbed rotating Hoya; and the Red Storm's ball movement consisted of attempts at pick and rolls at the top of the key with three players (mostly non-skilled shooters) standing in wait at the edges.
The game thread was filled with lament.
St. John's men's squad faces Notre Dame tomorrow. Look for our preview by tomorrow morning, of course.
After the Notre Dame game, St. John's travels to the windy city to face DePaul on Saturday at noon. We will be covering that game.
The St. John's women have one game, a home tilt against Pittsburgh at 7:00 PM on Wednesday.
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