St. John’s coach Kim Barnes Arico can claim to have made two significant accomplishments on Sunday.
The first was knocking off No. 17 Rutgers in Piscataway and in all probability locking up a third straight NCAA Tournament bid. St. John’s (17-8, 9-3 Big East) swept the season series with the reeling Scarlet Knights and have won four straight against C. Vivian Stringer’s crew.
“We feel like we’re a great team, we feel like we have all our pieces back together and getting healthy,” said Barnes Arico. “And I think it was a really important game for us to be able to win against a ranked team on the road, because I feel like we’re one of the best teams out there.”
That statement is backed up by the fact that the Red Storm has beaten three ranked teams this season, including then-No. 14 Louisville. Add to that wins over a surging Temple team and Boston University and the Red Storm have likely punched their post season ticket.
The second accomplishment for Barnes Arico was getting her 169th career victory and becoming the women’s program’s all-time leader in wins, breaking a tie with Joe Mullaney Jr.
Barnes Arico credited her players, both past and present, and their decision to come to St. John’s as the main reason for her success.
“People have been talking about it, but for us just to get back to playing better and really making a move into the NCAA Tournament and just being successful is really what’s important,” said Barnes Arico. “Ultimately it just says you’ve been in a place for a long period of time.”