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A check on the local women; St. John's moving up, Huber to transfer

Which was the last New York-area (LI, NYC) basketball program, mens or womens,  to make the NCAA Tournament?

Hands down everyone. It was the St. John's women's team in 2006. The Red Storm, led by Kia Wright and Angela Clark went 22-10 and advanced to the second round of the tournament that season and lost a tight game to eventual national champ Maryland.  

If the Red Storm (13-2, 1-1 Big East) continues its stellar play, expect another tournament appearance. St. John's knocked off Marquette, 71-58 on Tuesday, after taking West Virgnia down to the wire over the weekend.

Aside from getting an important conference win, St. John's coach Kim Barnes Arico recorded her 118th victory at the school, tying Don Perrelli for second most wins in school history. Barnes Arico, a William Floyd high school graduate,  is in her eighth season at the school.

Huber to transfer. Rutgers center Christine Huber has decided to transfer, Scarlet Knights coach C. Vivian Stringer announced this week. The former St. John the Baptist star was averaging 0.6. points in just 4.8 minutes per game. The 6-4 freshman is the third player to leave Rutgers since April. Guard Epiphanny Prince skipped her senior year and decided to play in Europe, while 6-1 center Brookyn Pope transferred to Baylor last April.

Hofstra looking to recover. After a solid 7-3 start to the season, things haven't been so great for the Pride. Hofstra has lost its last three, including a 55-48 loss to conference foe William & Mary on Sunday. The road doesn't get any easier for the Pride (7-6), which faces three of the top teams in the CAA in Towson, Georgia State and Drexel over the next eight days. But all three games are home, including a tilt against Towson on Thursday night at the Mack Sports Complex.

The Pride has gotten stellar play from 6-1 freshman foward Shante Evans, who was named CAA rookie of the week last week for the second time this season. Evans scored 30 points in a loss to Rice, 11 points and 18 rebounds against SMU and added 13 points and 14 boards against William & Mary.

Stony Brook struggling.  The Seawolves dropped to 2-11 after a 65-38 loss to America East heavyweight Hartford on Saturday. But Stony Brook has a chance to even its conference record at 1-1 against New Hampshire tonight at home. The Seawolves dropped both games against New Hampshire last season, including a 50-49 heartbreaker in their second meeting.

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