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Joe Tartamella Announces 2018-19 St. John’s Women’s Basketball Non-Conference Schedule

Joe Tartamella at St. John’s University Basketball Media Day. Photo by Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

On the heels of its 11th-consecutive postseason appearance, the St. John’s women’s basketball team will play a challenging non-conference schedule in 2018-19 as Head Coach Joe Tartamella begins his seventh season at the helm.

The Johnnies will play an 11-game non-conference slate this upcoming season featuring matchups against UConn and Florida State, two teams that earned berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles reached the second round of the tournament while the Huskies reached the Final Four with a 36-0 record before falling to eventual champion Notre Dame.

The Johnnies will take on two teams that played in last year’s WNIT with a trip to James Madison and a neutral site showdown with Purdue.

For the first time since the 2000-01 season, St. John’s will play its first five contests away from Queens as the Red Storm won’t make its home debut until November 29 vs. Delaware State.

Cumulatively, the Red Storm’s 2018-19 non-conference opponents compiled a record of 183-168 in 2017-18 with four of those squads winning at least 20 games.

Last season, the Red Storm went 19-15, reaching postseason play for the 11-straight year and advancing to the quarterfinal round of the WNIT for the first time in program history.

The Red Storm will commence the 2018-19 season at local foe Iona on Friday, Nov. 9 in New Rochelle. This will mark the two program’s 15th all-time meeting, with the Red Storm maintaining a 13-2 advantage.

After kicking off the season against the Gaels, the Johnnies will travel to West Point for a showdown with Army on Friday, Nov. 16. Last season, the Knights recorded their sixth-straight winning season, going 17-14 and advancing to the semifinal round of the Patriot League Tournament.

The Red Storm will continue its road stretch of non-conference matchups when the team participates in the Paradise Jam over the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Johnnies will be participating in the Reef Division that will feature matchups against Ole Miss, Purdue and UConn. The Red Storm will begin play in a Thanksgiving Day tilt with Purdue, scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. ET. The contest will mark the inaugural meeting between the two programs.

The Red Storm will continue tournament play on Nov. 23 when they take on national power UConn at 7:30 p.m. This will mark the 58th all-time meeting between the two programs and first since 2015 with the Huskies maintaining a 40-17 advantage. The Johnnies most recent victory over UConn came in 2012 when former St. John’s standout and current Assistant Coach Shenneika Smith made history with a last second three-pointer. The beyond-the-arc shot lifted St. John’s to a 57-56 upset over then No. 2 Connecticut, snapping the Huskies’ 99-game home court winning streak.

The Red Storm will play its third game of the tournament on Saturday, Nov. 24, when it takes on Ole Miss in a 5:30 p.m. ET contest for the second all-time showdown between the two teams. The Rebels won the two program’s lone contest in 1992.

The Johnnies will open their home portion of the schedule on Thursday, Nov. 29, when they welcome Delaware State to Carnesecca Arena. The Red Storm will look to improve to 6-1 in home openers under Coach Tartamella.

Following the first home matchup, St. John’s will kick off the month of December with a trip to Winston-Salem, N.C. for the first time in program history to battle ACC foe Wake Forest on Sunday Dec. 2. Sunday’s meeting will be the first since the teams met in 2005.

The Red Storm returns home to host Yale and Florida State over a four-day span. The Bulldogs capped off a successful season defeating Central Arkansas, 54-50, to be named WBI Champions, becoming the first Ivy League team to win a national postseason women’s basketball tournament. Last season, the Seminoles finished the year with a record of 26-7, making their sixth-straight NCAA appearance before falling to Buffalo in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Six days later, the Johnnies will travel to Pennsylvania where they will take on La Salle for only the third time in program history. The two squads split the all-time series with the Johnnies capturing the most recent victory in 2011.

The Red Storm’s final non-league game will come four days later when the Johnnies visit James Madison, Tartamella’s alma mater. The Dukes finished the 2017-18 season with a 23-11 record reaching the WNIT Round of 16 before falling to West Virginia. The two programs met last season in a non-conference matchup with the Johnnies claiming an 81-64 victory at Carnesecca Arena.

Season and single-game tickets are available now by calling the St. John’s Ticket Office at 1-888-GO-STORM or by visiting www.RedStormTix.com.

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