The 2022-23 St. John’s Women’s Basketball season will get underway on Monday afternoon when the Red Storm welcome Monmouth to Carnesecca Arena for a 1 p.m. tip-off.
The season opener between the Johnnies and the Hawks will be streamed live on FloSports, with Kevin Connelly on the call from Queens, to watch click here.
Head Coach Joe Tartamella enters his 11th season at the helm after becoming the winningest coach in program history during the 2021-22 season. Tartamella welcomes an experienced roster comprised of seven returners and six newcomers. Nine of the 13 Red Storm players are heading into their fourth season or more of collegiate basketball. Three Johnnies- Kadaja Bailey, Danielle Patterson and Mimi Reid hold a wealth of experience all having played in over 100 games at the Division I level.
After making major leaps as a senior, Preseason All-BIG EAST selection Bailey is poised to lead the Red Storm headed into her fifth-year with the program. The guard ranked eighth in the conference in scoring in 2021-22, adding 14.2 points per outing. The Long Beach, N.Y., native finished strong posting double-figures in 13 of the last 19 games of the season. In the regular season finale at Marquette, Bailey became the 28th player in program history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark. Following a stellar campaign where she logged career bests in scoring average, three-point field goal percentage, assists and steals, the Red Storm veteran was named to the All-Met Third Team.
The Red Storm staff welcomed a cohort of talent this offseason bringing in six new players, including four Division I transfers. Jayla Everett arrives from Pittsburgh, where she led the Panthers in scoring with 13.6 points per game. Reid, a Bronx native, returns to New York City to conclude her career after making her mark at Ole Miss. In 2021-22, the graduate student finished third in the SEC in assist to turnover ratio (2.3) and ninth in assists per game (3.6). A familiar face, intraconference transfer Jillian Archer comes over from Georgetown. The forward averaged 8.0 points and 6.9 boards per outing last year for the Hoyas. The final transfer, JaKayla Brown makes the short trip over from Hofstra. In 2020-21 the guard led the team with 16.3 points per game and was named to the All-CAA Second Team her junior year. Two talented freshmen guards Skye Owen and Jailah Donald round out the new faces in the locker room.
In addition to bringing Bailey back, four St. John’s returners- Unique Drake, Danielle Cosgrove, Rayven Peeples and Patterson made 15 or more starts last season and will look to continue to contribute this year. Peeples was the team’s leading rebounder in 2021-22, pulling down 9.6 boards a game.
In the preseason coaches’ poll, the Johnnies were slated to finish seventh in the BIG EAST, the same spot the squad concluded the season in last year.
Monday’s meeting will mark the seventh time Monmouth and St. John’s have clashed on the hardwood and the first in 14 years. The Red Storm leads the all-time series, 6-0, never allowing the Hawks to score more than 60 points in a game between the two.
Monmouth comes off a 2021-22 campaign where it finished 14-16 and 9-11 in the MAAC. Second-year Head Coach Ginny Boggess welcomes back eight players, as the Hawks make the conference switch to the CAA
Ahead of their inaugural season in the conference, Monmouth was predicted to finish 10th in the CAA Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
The Johnnies have had a great deal of success of opening day in recent years, as they hold a six-game winning streak in season-openers, dating back to 2016. Under Tartamella’s direction, the Red Storm are 9-1 in its initial contest inside the friendly confines of Carnesecca Arena.
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