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St. John’s WBB Places Three on All-Conference Squads

Following the Red Storm’s second-consecutive 20-win regular season, a trio of St. John’s players has been recognized by the BIG EAST for its outstanding individual efforts in 2014-15.

The Red Storm’s three all-conference selections tie the program record for the most honors in a single-season.  The last time St. John’s had three players earn all-conference accolades was in 2011-12, when Shenneika Smith, Nadirah McKenith and Da’Shena Stevens were named all-conference en route to leading St. John’s to an appearance in the Sweet 16.

For the second-straight season, the conference’s coaches unanimously selected Aliyyah Handford to the All-BIG EAST First Team.  Junior guard Danaejah Grant earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST Second Team, while Amber Thompson found a spot on the All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention list for the second-consecutive campaign.

Aliyyah Handford. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Aliyyah Handford. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Handford solidified her reputation as one of the league’s most prolific talents in 2014-15, finishing the regular season ranked second in the league and 24th in the nation in scoring at 20.2 points per game.  In addition to her scoring prowess, Handford has also chipped in 6.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.4 steals per outing.

The Newark, N.J., native has scored 587 points so far this season, which currently ranks as the fourth-best single-season output in program history.

Playing her first full year at St. John’s in 2014-15, Grant quickly emerged as one of the league’s most solid, well-rounded players.  The junior guard finished the regular season ranked sixth in the conference in scoring, pouring in 17.1 points per game.  The Piscataway, N.J., native also chipped in 5.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest.

Danaejah Grant. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Danaejah Grant. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

With 497 points on the season, Grant is just three points away from becoming only the ninth player in St. John’s history to record 500 points in a single campaign.  Should she accomplish the feat in the Red Storm’s BIG EAST Tournament opener against Creighton on Sunday, Grant and Handford would become only the second pair of teammates in St. John’s history to reach the 500-point plateau in the same season.

Amber Thompson. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Amber Thompson. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

For the second-straight season, Thompson found a spot on the All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention list as a result of her game-changing ability in the paint.  The Newark, N.J., native leads the BIG EAST in rebounding at 11.1 boards per game, an average that’s good enough for 17th in the nation in that category.  The Red Storm’s lone four-year player also ranks in the top 50 nationally in blocks per game (2.21), good enough for second in the league.

The Newark, N.J., native has pulled down 322 boards so far in 2014-15, breaking her own single-season school record of 313 that she set a year ago.  Earlier this season, Thompson became the school’s all-time leader in the category with a 20-rebound performance against No. 23 Seton Hall and later went on to become the first player in school history to corral over 1,000 career caroms.

The Red Storm will kick off play in the BIG EAST Tournament on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET, tipping off against Creighton in Rosemont, Ill.

BIG EAST Player of the Year

Brittany Hrynko, DePaul, Sr., G

BIG EAST Freshman of the Year

Dorothy Adomako, Georgetown, Fr., G

BIG EAST Coach of the Year

Tony Bozzella, Seton Hall

BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year

Daisha Simmons, Seton Hall, Grad., G

BIG EAST Most Improved Player

Alexis Akin-Otiko, Creighton, Sr., F

BIG EAST Sportsmanship Award

Marissa Janning, Creighton, Jr., G

BIG EAST Sixth-Woman Award

Taylor Holeman, Villanova, Sr., F

BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Brittany Hrynko, DePaul, Sr., G

All-BIG EAST First Team

Caroline Coyer, Villanova, Jr., G

Aliyyah Handford, St. John’s, Jr., G*

Brittany Hrynko, DePaul, Sr., G*

Marissa Janning, Creighton, Jr., G*

Daisha Simmons, Seton Hall, Grad., G*

Ka-Deidre Simmons, Seton Hall, Grad., G*

Ijeoma Uchendu, Butler, Sr., F

*unanimous selection

All-BIG EAST Second Team

Alexis Akin-Otiko, Creighton, Sr., F

Danaejah Grant, St. John’s, Jr., G

Chanise Jenkins, DePaul, Jr., G

Emily Leer, Villanova, Sr., F/C

Arlesia Morse, Marquette, Sr., G

Megan Podkowa, DePaul, Jr., F

Tabatha Richardson-Smith, Seton Hall, Jr., G

All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention^

Dorothy Adomako, Georgetown, Fr., G

Loryn Goodwin, Butler, So., G

Jessica January, DePaul, So., G

Amber Thompson, St. John’s, Sr., F

^due to a tie in voting, an extra player was added

BIG EAST All-Freshman Team

Dorothy Adomako, Georgetown, Fr., G*

Kenisha Bell, Marquette, Fr., G*

Sydney Buck, Butler, Fr., G*

Tia Elbert, Marquette, Fr., G

Mart’e Grays, DePaul, Fr., F

Sydney Lamberty, Creighton*

Alex Louin, Villanova, Fr., G

*unanimous selection

For more information on the St. John’s Women’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.redstormsports.com

For more information on the BIG EAST Conference fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.bigeast.com

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