While the men's team struggled with two losses this week, the St. John's women's basketball team was able to pick up one win in a pair of tough road games over the past few days, first defeating Georgetown last Friday night before being beaten up on the road at Villanova on Sunday.
In the first game of a tough three-game road trip that very well could alter the course of their season going forward, the Red Storm were able to pick up a huge 74-57 victory over Georgetown.
Leading the way once again for the Johnnies was Aliyyah Handford, who scored 22 points on 9-17 shooting, while also dishing out a team-high six assists in the process. Danaejah Grant was not far behind Handford with 16 points for St. John's who shot a whopping 57% from the floor and led by as many as 26 in the second half of what was a dominant win.
However, the Red Storm were unable to keep their momentum going just two days later when they faced Villanova on the road, as the Wildcats prevailed 81-69.
This time it was Grant as the Johnnies high-scorer with 20 points, however Handford was right behind her with 19. Villanova held the lead for much of the game, and led by as many as 18 with just over four minutes to play.
St. John's, who now stands at 15-5 overall and in 4th place in the Big East with a 6-3 conference record, received seven votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll this past Monday, but they were again shut out of the rankings.
The Week Ahead
St. John's will round out their tough road trip on Sunday afternoon when they take on conference-leading Seton Hall. The Red Storm will then round out the week with a home game against Creighton on February 6th.
Handford named to fourth straight Big East Honor Roll
On Monday Aliyyah Handford was named to her fourth straight Big East Honor Roll after leading the Red Storm with averages of 20.5 points, and 4.5 rebounds per game over the past week. The junior guard has now been named to seven Big East Honor Rolls on the season so far.