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Local women win on senior day

St. John's head coach Kim Barnes Arico, right,

St. John's head coach Kim Barnes Arico, right, looks on with her team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Connecticut. (Jan. 12, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

It was a big Senior Day for several of the local schools yesterday.

The St. John’s women knocked off Pittsburgh, 72-63, yesterday for its 20th win of the season. It was the final home game for Red Storm seniors Coco Hart and Sky Lindsay. Hart finished with 13 points and six rebounds and Lindsay added six points.

St. John’s (20-8, 9-6 Big East) hit the 20-win mark for the second straight year and the fourth time in coach Kim Barnes Arico’s tenure. Barnes Arico also picked up her 150th win. She’s 150-121 in nine years at the school.

Said Hart: “Four years… it’s been a fun journey and I’ve learned a lot. Coming all the way from out-of-state, I think it was a good decision because I did learn a lot from this program and I think the girls who come from out-of-state will too.”

Lindsay believes the program has a bright future, too.

Lindsay added: “I’m happy that I’m able to go out on a high note. St. John’s basketball is doing great and I know that I was one of the first New Yorkers to come here and I’m graduating and now a lot of tri-state players have came.”

The Red Storm has one more game, a road contest against West Virginia on Monday at 7 p.m.

STONY BROOK PULLS OFF SHOCKER

It’s been a tough season for the Stony Brook women. But the Seawolves will get at least one day to smile as they topped Binghamton, 54-37, on Senior Day at Pritchard Gymnasium.

It was an uplifting win for the Seawolves, especially when you consider that Binghamton (18-11, 11-5 America East) clinched the third seed for the America East tournament.

Sophomore center Juanita Cochran had a career-high 22 points and eight rebounds and Sam Landers added 13 points or the Seawolves (6-22, 3-13). Senior forward Kirsten Jeter, playing in her final home game, had six points. Junior guard Tamiel Murray had a career-high 14 rebounds and six assists.

The play of Cochran will hopefully carry over into the AE tourney and next season for the Seawolves.

Stony Brook locked up the eighth seed and will face No.9 Maine in an America East tournament game next Thursday at 6:05 p.m. The winner gets No.1 UMBC on Friday night at 6:05 p.m.
 

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