A Look At UConn-St. John’s

by Categorized: Big East women's basketball, Kim Barnes Arico, SNY, St. John's women's basketball, UConn women's basketball Date:


Site: Carneseca Arena, Queens, N.Y.

Time: Saturday, 2 p.m.

TV: SNY (Bob Picozzi and LaChina Robinson)

Radio: WTIC-AM 1080 WILI-AM 1400 (Bob Joyce and Debbie Fiske)

Series history: UConn, 38-17

Last meeting: UConn, 74-43, March 5, 2012, XL Center

Streaks: UConn W7; St. John’s W1

UCONN (19-1, 6-1)

5 CAROLINE DOTY, G, 5-10, Sr., 3.8 – Played just 15 minutes Tuesday

14 BRIA HARTLEY, G, 5-7, Jr., 8.3 – Shooting 40.7 percent from field

31 STEFANIE DOLSON, C, 6-5, Jr., 13.8 – Leads nation in field goal percentage (61.2)

34 KELLY FARIS, G, 5-11, Sr., 10.4 – Needs two three-pointers to reach 100 in career.

13 BRIANNA BANKS, G, 5-9, So., 7.5 – Averaging 12.3 minutes off bench

23 KALEENA MOSQUEDA-LEWIS, F, 6-0, Jr., 16.9 – Was 5 of 6 from three against Villanova

30, BREANNA STEWART, 6-4, Fr., 14.5 – Reigning Big East Freshman of the Week

ST. JOHN’S (10-9, 6-3)

35 SHENNEIKA SMITH, G, 6-1, Sr., 16.5 – Missed last game for violation of team rules

5 NADIRAH McKENITH, G, 5-7, Sr.,13.1 – Scored 21 in win over Providence

2 AMBER THOMPSON, F, 6-2, So., 5.9 – Averaging 5.9 rebounds, 20 blocked shots

20 KEYLANTRA LANGLEY, G, 5-9, Jr., 4.5 – Bridgeport native (Lauralton Hall High); 12 assists, 20 turnovers

24 MARY NWACHUKWU, F, 6-2, Jr., 2.4 – Six free throw attempts in 414 minutes

3 ALIYYAH HANDFORD, G, 5-9, Fr., 8.7 – Leads team in shooting percentage (52.1) from field

12 BRIANNA BROWN, G, 5-8, Jr., 8.2 – Leads team in free throw shooting (34 of 40, 85.0 percent)

What to watch for


Kim Barnes-Arico, St. John’s all-time coach in terms of victories in women’s basketball, left after last season to coach Michigan. She was replaced by long-time assistant Joe Tartamella, who worked with Barnes-Arico for nine seasons. Michigan is 16-5, 5-3 in the Big Ten this season. .. Freshman Ashley Perez, a two-time Hartford Courant player of the year at Manchester High, is off to a rough start with the Red Storm. She is averaging 7.8 minutes in 13 games and shooting 5 of 29 from the field, 3 of 20 from three with three assists and 11 turnovers … Vin Bruno, a former head manager for UConn women’s basketball (2006-08), is St. John’s video coordinator


The Huskies were looking for their 100th straight win at home, dating a loss to Rutgers in the 2007 Big East tournament, the last time they met the Red Storm during the regular season. St. John’s beat UConn, 57-56, at the buzzer on Tiffany Hayes’ senior night. Still, UConn has won 37 of its last 39 games against St. John’s since 1989 after losing 15 of the first 16 it played.


If Faris makes two threes she will join Mosqueda-Lewis (154), Hartley (153) and Doty (133) among those with at least 100 career treys on the team. It will be the first time in UConn history four players have held that distinction simultaneously. … Faris is 82 points shy of 1,000, Mosqueda-Lewis needs 110.

John Altavilla /jaltavilla@courant.com





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3 thoughts on “A Look At UConn-St. John’s

  1. Broadway Bill

    I doubt that both Kelly and KML shall achieve 1000 points against St. John’s, maybe just Kelly shall do it.

    Too bad S.J lost all it’s punch. while it was bad losing to them it was fun during the game knowing they could finally punch back. Don’t expect Michigan to become national champs in a year. Kim will do her magic but it will take time and money.

  2. Don

    John, you should have a chat with Bob Picozzi today for a blog post. This is his first chance to call a UConn game since the switch to SNY, and it’d be great to hear what he thinks of the team, whether he misses the regular gig, and just catch up with where he’s at in general. I’m fine with the SNY broadcasts for the most part, but it’ll be nice to hear him doing a game with the women.

  3. martin fallon

    Dude, S. Johns has a sophomore averaging 20 blocks a game!!!!!!!!! That works out to 380 through 19 games. Color me impressed and count me in at her hallof-fame induction ceremony.

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