No. 3 UCONN at ST. JOHN’S
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
NEW LEADER, NEW PLAYER
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
AN USPET NO LONGER UPSETTING
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.
FOUR WITH THREE
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.
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