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Red Storm No. 1 after 11 straight wins

UConn's Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis drives to the basket against

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St. John’s keeps the No. 1 spot after winning its 11th straight Big East game over Villanova on Saturday.  Iona has won three straight and remains No. 2, while Rutgers, which has won five straight, held on to the third spot. Marist won twice last week and stayed at No. 4, Fordham split two games and held on to the fifth spot, while Stony Brook is up one place after three straight wins. Army...

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Red Storm still No. 1 in Metro Poll

St. John's God'sgift Achiuwa gets the dunk during

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St. John’s is still on top in the poll after crushing Georgetown and edging Seton Hall last week. Iona maintained its hold on the second spot after wins over St. Peter’s and Monmouth last week and Stony Brook remains at No. 3 after a solid win over UMass-Lowell.  Quinnipiac made a huge jump, vaulting four places to fourth after three straight wins. Manhattan fell one place to fifth, despite...

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Steve Lavin: 'We can take flight'

St. John's D'Angelo Harrison hits for two during

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When he comes to the media room, St. John’s coach Steve Lavin dons reading glasses with thick black frames, but not because he needs them to look back with 20-20 hindsight. No, Lavin stayed true to the vision he has held all along about this Red Storm team as a group that would struggle early before ascending in February and March.

It seemed more like wishful thinking when the Red Storm began...

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Steve Lavin’s Johnnies bounce back

St. John's center Chris Obekpa shoots a free

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          It almost seemed like a gift when Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard announced the suspensions of starters Eugene Teague and Brian Oliver before Thursday night’s St. John’s game at the Prudential Center in Newark. The long climb out of the 0-5 hole the Red Storm dug at the start of Big East play had been draining, and they were due for a letdown...

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St. John's WBB maintains grip on top spot in poll

St. John's Aliyyah Handford hits the winning basket

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St. John’s, ranked 24th in the latest AP poll, maintained its hold on the No. 1 spot. Iona, despite a loss last week held on at No. 2, while Rutgers jumps up one place to third. Marist moves down a spot to fourth after a loss to Fairfield, while Fordham held at No. 5. Army stayed at sixth and Stony Brook jumped up one place top seventh. Fairfield is up two places to eighth after a big win over Marist,...

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Hofstra WBB turning the corner?

Hofstra sophomore guard Asia Jackson attempts a layup.

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Predicting when a group of young players will turn the corner and begin to move forward is a tricky thing. Just ask Hofstra women’s basketball coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey.

Youth, combined with injuries and discipline issues have at times hit the Pride. But it never stopped them. That was proven Sunday after Hofstra held off William & Mary, 66-56, for its fourth win in five games. The...

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St. John's WBB No. 24 in AP poll

St. John's head coach Joe Tartamella reacts to

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The St. John’s women can consider themselves back on the national stage.

The Red Storm (18-5, 11-1 Big East), winners of 10 straight games, appeared in the Associated Press top 25 poll Monday for the first time since Nov. 26, 2012 when they were ranked 17.

St. John’s garnered 69 points and came in at No. 24 in the AP’s latest poll.  

“Being recognized by the AP is a prestigious...

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St. John's still storming, stays No. 1 in poll

St. John’s, winners of six of its last seven games, continues to roll and remains No. 1 after a 70-65 win over No. 18 Creighton on Sunday.  Iona has won seven straight and stays at No. 2, while Stony Brook split two games last week and remains No. 3.

Manhattan has won three straight and jumps one spot to fourth, while Columbia drops one place to fifth. St. Francis is up two places to...

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Steve Lavin on St. John's win over Creighton: 'We found ourselves'

Creighton's Doug McDermott (3) shoots against St. John's

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Admit it. After St. John’s lost its first five Big East games, it was virtually impossible not to write this off as a third straight lost season. But coach Steve Lavin persisted in comparing this team to his first Red Storm team that overcame a so-so start to finish third in the Big East and advance to the NCAA Tournament.

Somehow, some way, Lavin and a group of individual parts have come...

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Steve Pikiell: 'Time to grind'

Stony Brook's Jameel Warney dunks over New Hampshire's

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Despite being tied for first in the America East standings going into Saturday’s game against New Hampshire, Stony Brook’s road to a third straight regular-season title lately has been filled with potholes. Over the previous two weeks, the Seawolves didn’t threaten in the second half of a 10-point loss at Albany and then struggled to beat Hartford at home by four and score a five-point road win...

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