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WBB: St. John's gets coveted PG

Jamaica - April 27, 2012: Joe Tartamella announced

Jamaica - April 27, 2012: Joe Tartamella announced as the new St. John's Women's basketball coach. (Photo by Patrick E. McCarthy) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The run of stellar point guard play in the St. John’s women’s program has the potential to be extended with the signing of New Jersey point guard Aliyyah Handford to a National Letter of Intent during the late signing period.

The Shabazz High School graduate, considered a top 100 recruit by several scouting services, led her squad in scoring all four of her years on the varsity team. She finished her career with 1,650 points and helped lead Shabazz to four Essex County Tournament titles, three Group 2 championships and a Group 3 title.

More important than the numbers is the fact that the Red Storm has their point guard of the future. From Kia Wright to Nadirah McKenith, St. John’s has enjoyed excellent point guard play for the better part of the last eight years.

“We are very excited to have Aliyyah join the St. John’s women's basketball family,” said Red Storm coach Joe Tartamella. “She is one of the best guards in her class and our fans will really enjoy watching her play. Her explosive style will fit in perfectly with our up-tempo attack on both ends of the floor.”

Handford, who averaged 16.3 points, 4.3 assists, 4.2 steals and 4.1 rebounds her senior year, chose the Red Storm over Georgetown, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.

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