This past week for the St. John's women's team mirrored the men's team, as the Red Storm lost in overtime to DePaul on Friday before they pulled out a win over Marquette on Sunday.
With this week's split, St. John's now sits at 14-4 overall and 5-2 in the conference. They're in a good spot right now heading into the stretch run of Big East play, as they sit just one game behind Seton Hall for the lead in the conference.
The week began for the Red Storm with a Friday night game against DePaul in front of nearly 6,000 fans packed into Carnesecca Arena. In the first ever sellout for a women's game at Carnesecca, Aliyyah Handford led the way for the Red Storm with 25 points and seven rebounds in the full 45 minutes of action.
Right behind her was Danaejah Grant, who put up 23 while also playing the full 45 minutes. Similar to the men's team, the women really only play about a six-man rotation, and that may have caught up with them in the loss. With four players playing over 40 minutes, the Red Storm were outscored 11-2 in the overtime period, and lost 84-75.
St. John's faced a quick turnaround on Sunday when they took on the lowly Marquette Golden Eagles at home. Still looking for their first win in Big East play, Marquette was able to keep things relatively close as they only trailed by only two at the half, but the Red Storm were able to pull away in the second half with for a 67-52 win.
Handford led the team once again with 25 points, while Grant led the way with 11 rebounds.
The Week Ahead
The Red Storm received 10 votes in this week's USA Today Coaches Poll, but they were again shut out of both the AP and Coaches Polls on Monday. They'll face a tough few games over the next week when they first go on the road against Georgetown on Friday before they face Villanova on Sunday.
Handford named to Big East Weekly Honor Roll
After her stellar play last week where she scored 25 points in back-to-back games, Aliyyah Handford was once again named to this week's Big East Honor Roll. Handford has played exceptionally well for the Red Storm this season, and she has led the team in scoring in each of its past five games.