After a promising season that ended with a 25-7 record and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, where do the St. John’s women go from here?
If senior guard Sky Lindsay has anything to say about it, the Red Storm will continue to rise. St. John’s coach Kim Barnes Arico has every reason to think her squad can improve on last season’s success. So does Lindsay.
“We’ve gotten better every year since I’ve been here,” Lindsay said during the Red Storm Tip-Off on Friday night at Carnesecca Arena. “We recruited better players every year. We could be a lot better this year.”
The Red Storm women got the crowd of 3,315 fired up during team introductions at Carnesecca. The hope for Barnes Arico is that the student body gets behind her squad early and often this season.
If there was ever a time for students to support the team, this is it. This could be the season the Red Storm can nip Connecticut.
With five freshmen expected to play a key roll, the Huskies could experience a few bumps and bruises this season. Maya Moore returns to the Huskies, but Tina Charles as well as Kalana Green moved on to the WNBA. The Huskies suffered another blow when guard Caroline Doty tore her ACL last August. She will miss the entire season.
St. John’s will get a shot at UConn on Wednesday, January 12 at MSG.
“We have a good number of freshman and sophomores on our team, too,” Lindsay said. “But we’ve been working hard during the pre season and I think this year might be a change…We might make a bigger name for ourselves than we did last year…This could be the year.”
Other returning starters for the Red Storm include super junior Da’Shena Stevens and sophomores Shenneika Smith and Nadirah McKenith. There is also Coco Hart and sophomore guard Eugenia McPherson returning to the fold.
“The sophomores are playing like seniors,” Lindsay said. “And that’s a beautiful thing.”