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St. John's women storm into AP and ESPN/USA TODAY polls

Stony Brook's Kirsten Jeter (32) drives against St.

Stony Brook's Kirsten Jeter (32) drives against St. John's Da'Shena Stevens (3) in the second half. (Nov. 15, 2009) Photo Credit: Newsday / Photo by Joseph D. Sullivan

St. John's sophomore Da'Shena Stevens (left)

The last time St. John's made an appearance in the AP or ESPN/USA TODAY coaches poll was during its impressive run to the NCAA Tournament in 2006.

The Red Storm (18-3, 6-2 Big East) is back in both polls this week sitting at No.25. It's an honor that's "well-deserved" coach Kim Barnes Arico said. 

"They were excited," Barnes Arico said of the team, which leaves today for a key game against No.18 Georgetown on Tuesday. "They wrote in on the board and everything." 

The trick is not to let the team get to far ahead of things, Barnes Arico added. 

"I want them to enjoy it for at least a moment. They worked hard for it," she said. "But it is my job is to keep them level headed and down to earth."

In 2006, the Red Storm, led by Kia Wright and Angela Clarke, debuted in both polls and stayed there for two weeks. That team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament where it fell to eventual national champion Maryland.

"If you're not a perennial top-10 program, sometimes you get overlooked," Barnes Arico added.

 St. John's has five in a row, including a 70-46 home win over Providence on Saturday afternoon.

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