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Late Xavier Run Sinks St. John’s, 77-74

Leading by five with less than two minutes to go, St. John’s saw Xavier score the game’s final eight points, as the Musketeers escaped with a 77-74 victory at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.

With the loss, St. John’s falls to 14-12 on the year, including a 3-10 mark in BIG EAST play. Xavier improved to 17-9, 6-7 in league action.

Four Johnnies finished in double figures, led by Rasheem Dunn and Marcellus Earlington with 17 points apiece. Dunn scored 12 of those points after the break, while Earlington tallied all but two of his points in the final 20 minutes. Earlington also added a team-high eight boards and two steals.

Nick Rutherford stuffed the stat sheet, scoring a season-high 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting with seven assists, five rebounds and three steals. The graduate student recorded 14 of his 16 points before the intermission. Julian Champagnie scored all 11 of his points in the opening stanza.

The Johnnies dominated the possession game, forcing 22 turnovers while committing just four of their own. The Red Storm recorded 15 of those 22 turnovers via the steal, just one off their season-high in that category. The Johnnies’ four turnovers marked a season-low.

Six Xavier players finished in double figures, led by a 15-point, 15-rebound double-double from Tyrique Jones.

The teams traded 14-3 runs to open the contest, as St. John’s missed each of its first eight goal attempts to let the Musketeers take an early 11-point lead.

Facing that sizable early deficit, the Johnnies answered with a 16-3 spurt of their own, taking their first lead, 19-17, on a Champagnie transition bucket with 7:36 to go in the first half. That basket marked the first of eight lead changes in the final eight minutes of the period, the last of which put the Musketeers ahead by two in the waning seconds of the half.

Xavier jumped ahead by six in the opening minutes of the second period and maintained a lead until the Red Storm tied the game on a Dunn triple, 50-50, near the 15-minute mark.

The Musketeers managed to keep the Johnnies at bay over the next few minutes before a 10-0 run moved the Red Storm ahead by seven, 68-61, at the under-eight media timeout. The final six of those 10 points were scored by Earlington while eight of those 10 points immediately followed a Xavier turnover.

Xavier cut the deficit to four with a Paul Scruggs trey after the timeout, but Earlington responded with his fourth straight bucket for the Red Storm, pushing the advantage back to six, 70-64, with 6:41 to go.

From there, the Red Storm went more than four and a half minutes without a field, but managed to hold off Xavier with high pressure defense, moving back ahead by five, 74-69, on a Rutherford transition slam with 2:06 to play.

With the Musketeers trailing by one and less than 30 seconds on the clock, Naji Marshall committed a turnover that could have sealed the contest for St. John’s. Dunn, who was fouled after making the steal, missed the front-end of the 1-and-1, giving Xavier another chance at a go-ahead bucket. This time, Marshall drove and dumped it off to freshman Zach Freemantle, who sank a baseline floater and gave the Musketeers their first lead in more than 10 minutes.

St. John’s had one last look at a game-winning basket, but a 17-foot floater from LJ Figueroa bounced off iron and effectively sealed the Xavier victory.

The Red Storm returns to action on Sunday afternoon, traveling to No. 16 Seton Hall for the latest edition of their longstanding local BIG EAST rivalry.

Quotes:

St. John’s Head Coach Mike Anderson

 

Opening statement…

 

“The first thing I told my guys was ‘I feel for you guys.’” You’re right there on the cusp of beating a good team that’s been playing really well and just could not finish the last minute and a half the correct way. …. You’ve got to make plays going down the stretch. Give [Xavier] credit, they made plays. Even when we were talking about the last shot that’s a floater that LJ [Figueroa can] make. Obviously, we wanted to try and draw a foul, but at the same time it shouldn’t have come down to that. … In other phases of the game I thought we played well. We took care of the ball and we created havoc with our defense. … Our guys will keep working and keep working to turn that into a positive.”

 

On Nick Rutherford’s play…

 

“I thought Nick was in a zone. Defensively, he came out the right way. … He can get to the basket and finish. … I thought he ignited us and he ignited us in a great way and we need that on this basketball team.”

 

On how close he thinks his team is to winning games in the BIG EAST…

 

“We only turned the ball over four times in the game. We forced 22 turnovers and we didn’t shoot the ball particularly well. I thought the turnovers that we did create, we didn’t make them pay for it. We’re doing some things in some areas well, but then I thought we took a step back in the rebounding department, especially when it mattered most. [Xavier] made some tough shots, but give them credit. They’ve got some experienced guys who have been through the wars.

“We may be taking some lumps right now, but we’re learning as we go and the thing I like about these guys is that they are resilient. They just keep coming back and keep fighting.”

On the last five games against nationally ranked BIG EAST opponents…

 

“Every night no matter who you play [is a challenge]. From 1-10. … It’s a great league. … It’s a challenge, but the other part is a great opportunity. We’ve played these teams before so we’re familiar with them. They’re familiar with us. They’re playing on a pretty good level. We’re coming in the right direction. Our kids are playing their hearts out, just not getting rewarded.”

St. John’s Forward Marcellus Earlington

 

On the team when things were clicking tonight…

 

“Everybody was feeding off each other. We were talking on defense, we were playing with energy and we were just doing what Coach [Anderson] was telling us to do. I’m very proud of my team, first of all. I’m very proud of them, they fought. We’re a resilient group, we’re a bunch of fighters and we fought to the end today.”

 

On the team’s finish to the game…

 

“We just have to learn how to finish. We played great for 35 minutes, but just like I said we just have to learn how to finish.”

 

On what his team has to do to get over the hump…

“We just have to play our basketball. We have to just finish, honestly. We had a play drawn up. We had a good look and we just have to make the shot or get to the free throw line like Coach [Anderson] said. I think we did a good job of attacking. Our last shot, our best player had the basketball in his hands and he had a shot that he was capable of making. In the prior games we’ve lost we’ve had shots that we were capable of making. We just have to fix up the little things and that will lead up to a win.”

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Drexel Next Up For Streaking Hofstra Men’s Basketball

The Hofstra men’s basketball team will look to continue its winning ways when it heads to Drexel on Thursday. The Pride heads to Philadelphia in the midst of a six-game win streak.

Tip-off from the Daskalakis Athletic Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.

There will be FloHoops live video of the game as well as a Pride Productions live audio broadcast, courtesy of WRHU (88.7 FM). Links to the broadcasts, as well as the live statistics, can be found on this page as well as on the men’s basketball schedule page at GoHofstra.com.

Hofstra is 20-7 overall and 11-3 in Colonial Athletic Association play after a 78-64 win over UNCW on Saturday. Sophomore Isaac Kante had career-highs of 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Pride to the victory and was joined by senior Eli Pemberton, who also tallied 23 points.

Senior Desure Buie leads the team with 18.1 points per game, while also totaling team-highs of 151 assists and 56 steals. Pemberton ranks second in scoring with 16.3 points per outing and Kante is fourth in scoring (11.1) and first in rebounding (7.7). Pemberton moved into ninth place all-time in scoring at Hofstra on Saturday as he now has 1,823 career points, to pass David Taylor (1,818 from 1979-83).

Drexel is 13-14 overall and 6-8 in conference action after a 75-70 loss at Elon on Saturday. Camren Wynter led the Dragons with 23 points and six assists in the contest. Wynter leads Drexel in scoring (16.0 ppg), assists (141), and steals (44). James Butler ranks second with 13.0 ppg and is tops on the team with 11.7 rebounds per outing.

Hofstra is 44-46 all-time against Drexel in a series that began during the 1958-59 campaign. Hofstra won the first-ever meeting, 70-64, in the Middle Atlantic Championships. Heading into Thursday’s game, the Hofstra/Drexel series ranks as the Pride’s second-most played opponent all-time as the two schools have met 89 times. Hofstra has only faced one team more as the Pride has met Delaware 92 times. Hofstra has won six straight and 10 of the last 11 games in the series.

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Rosters Selected for USA Men’s & Women’s 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Teams

The four-member rosters today were announced for the USA Basketball Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament Teams that will compete in the 2020 FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament March 18-22 in Bengaluru, India, where the top three finishing men’s and women’s teams will earn berths into the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Representing the USA men will be: Canyon Barry (Iowa Wolves/Colorado Springs, Colo.), Robbie Hummel (Purdue University ‘2012/Valparaiso, Ind.), Dominique Jones (Fort Hays State University ‘2011/Harlem, N.Y.) and Kareem Maddox (Princeton University ‘2011/Los Angeles, Calif.).

Named to the USA women’s team were current WNBA players: Napheesa Collier (Minnesota Lynx/O’Fallon, Mo.), Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky/Port Jervis, N.Y.), Allisha Gray (Dallas Wings/Sandersville, Ga.) and Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas Aces/Poway, Calif.).

The rosters were selected by the USA Basketball 3×3 Selection Committees following Feb. 12-15 training camps in Chicago that featured 11 female and 16 male hopefuls.

“USA Basketball is grateful to all of the athletes who attended training camp and competed for a roster spot,” said Jay Demings , USA Basketball Youth & Sport Development director and member of the USA Basketball 3×3 Men’s and Women’s Selection Committees. “It was a very talented field for both the men and women, and the committees had a very difficult task in selecting these teams. In the end, we are confident in the abilities of the eight players and the strength of the teams overall. Now, it is on to the very important task of qualifying the USA for the 3×3 Olympic basketball competition in Tokyo.”

The USA men earned their spot in the 2020 FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament by winning the 2019 FIBA 3×3 World Cup. That team, which captured the USA men’s first FIBA 3×3 World Cup gold medal, included Barry, Maddox and Hummel, who was named MVP at the event.

The USA women earned their spot in the FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament by virtue of their status on the FIBA 3×3 world rankings as of this past November.

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Lloyd, Pugh, and Purce Named to 26-Player Training Camp Roster for 2020 SheBelieves Cup

Sky Blue FC players Carli Lloyd, Mallory Pugh, and Margaret Purce have been named to the U.S. Women’s National Team 26-player training camp roster in preparation for the 2020 SheBelieves Cup, which features the top-ranked Americans, No. 6 England, No. 10 Japan and No. 13 Spain. All of the matches will be shown on ESPN networks.

The U.S. team begins play in the SheBelieves Cup on Thursday, March 5 against England at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Fla. (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and TUDN). Japan will kick off the tournament against Spain (4:15 p.m. ET on ESPN3) in the early game that day. All the teams will then travel to Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., where the USA will play Spain on Sunday, March 8 (5 p.m. ET on ESPN and TUDN), following Japan vs. England (2:15 p.m. ET on ESPN3). The tournament will finish on Wednesday, March 11, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, as England takes on Spain (4:15 p.m. CT on ESPN3) followed by the tournament finale, featuring the USA against Japan (7 p.m. CT on ESPNews and TUDN).

The training camp roster that will come together in Orlando for just over a week of training before the first game features all 20 players who helped the USA qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and win the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament last weekend, beating Mexico 4-0 in the semifinal and Canada 3-0 in the title game. Vlatko Andonovski named six additional players, three of whom trained with the USA for a few days in advance of the Olympic qualifying tournament in defenders Margaret Purce and Casey Short and 2019 Women’s World Cup champion forward Mallory Pugh. Andonovski also named a fourth goalkeeper to the roster in Jane Campbell, as well as 2019 Women’s World Cup champion defender Tierna Davidson, and midfielder Jordan DiBiasi, who attended the USA’s Identification Training Camp last December. That was DiBiasi’s first senior USWNT call-up.

Andonovski will choose a final 23-player tournament roster for the SheBelieves Cup before the first game.

“As a team, we have lots of positive feelings coming out of Olympic Qualifying, but I think we all know that there’s still a lot of room for growth for this group and there’s no better way to continue that process than to play teams like England, Spain and Japan,” said Andonovski. “Our end goal is the Olympics, but we’re looking forward to a productive camp in Orlando and the challenge of playing three fantastic sides over the seven days. The rhythm of the SheBelieves Cup schedule directly matches what we will face in group play at the Olympics, and the value of getting a test run against this level of competition cannot be overstated.”

All four teams contesting the 2020 SheBelieves Cup made the knockout rounds of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup last summer in France.

USWNT 2020 SheBelieves Cup Training Camp Roster Club; Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 3), Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 3), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 25), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 61)
DEFENDERS (9): Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage; 58/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 25/1), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage; 101/24), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride; 107/1), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 129/2), Margaret Purce (Sky Blue FC; 1/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 174/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 31/0), Emily Sonnett (Orlando Pride; 44/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Jordan DiBiasi (Washington Spirit), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 99/19), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 83/18), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 42/12), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage; 64/18), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 16/0)
FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 165;33), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 291/122), Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage; 17/4), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 134/56), Mallory Pugh (Sky Blue FC; 62/18), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC; 165/51), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage; 25/9)

2020 SheBelieves Cup Schedule
Date
Match-Up
Kickoff
Venue
TV
March 5
Spain vs. Japan
4:15 p.m. ET
Exploria Stadium; Orlando, Fla.
ESPN3
March 5
USA vs. England
7 p.m. ET
Exploria Stadium; Orlando, Fla.
ESPN2, TUDN
March 8
Japan vs. England
2:15 p.m. ET
Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.
ESPN3
March 8
USA vs. Spain
5 p.m. ET
Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.
ESPN, TUDN
March 11
England vs. Spain
4:15 p.m. CT
Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
ESPN
March 11
USA vs. Japan
7 p.m. CT
Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
ESPNews, TUDN

2020 SHEBELIEVES CUP, PRESENTED BY VISA, TICKETS
Tickets for all three doubleheaders are selling well and can be purchased through ussoccer.com. Groups of 20 or more can order directly at ussoccer.com. Each ticket is valid for both matches of the doubleheader for the date purchased.

Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund can receive individual customer support and concierge services for their ticketing needs. Click here or contact circles@ussoccer.org for more information.

As a proud supporter of the USWNT through 2023 and the presenting sponsor of the SheBelieves Cup, Visa will continue its long-standing support in the development of women’s soccer. The support of U.S. Women’s Soccer complements Visa’s global investment in women’s soccer through partnerships with UEFA Women’s Football and Visa’s long-standing partnership with FIFA, including the FIFA Women’s World Cup, FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 and FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica/Panama 2020.

Additional Notes:
Carli Lloyd comes into the tournament with 291 caps and 122 goals, nine games shy of becoming just the third player in history to reach 300 caps (where she would join former teammates Kristine Lilly and Christine Rampone), and just eight goals behind Lilly for third all-time in goals in U.S. history.
• Several players will be working to represent the USA at their clubs’ home stadiums. Three players on the training camp roster play for the Orlando Pride in defender Ali Krieger, goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and defender Emily Sonnett, and three more players play for Sky Blue FC in Carli Lloyd, Mallory Pugh and Margaret Purce.
Becky Sauerbrunn’s next cap will be her 175th, making her one of just 16 players in U.S. history to reach that mark, all of whom except for Carli Lloyd are retired.
• The tournament format for the SheBelieves Cup will be the same as the first four years. The winner will be determined by total points (three for a win, one for a draw), with the first tiebreaker being overall goal difference, followed by goals scored, then head-to-head result. If teams are still tied, the next tie-breaker will be the Fair Play ranking.
• The USA is 2-1-2 all-time at Red Bull Arena, home of the New York Red Bulls of MLS and Sky Blue FC of NWSL, including two matches during the SheBelieves Cup, a 1-0 loss to England in 2017 and a 1-1 draw with France in 2018. The USA also famously defeated Korea Republic 5-0 on June 20, 2013, as Abby Wambach scored four goals in the first half and broke Mia Hamm’s all-time international scoring record.

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Mihalich Earns career win #400 as Hofstrapicks up season win #20 and six-game win streak in 78-64 victory over UNCW

Sophomore Isaac Kante had the best game of his young career with career-bests of 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Hofstra men’s basketball team to a dominating 78-64 win over UNCW on Saturday afternoon at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. The win was the 400th in the head coaching career of Joe Mihalich, who becomes the 52nd active NCAA Division I coach to reach that milestone.

Senior Eli Pemberton posted a team-high tying 23 points in the game and now has 1,823 in his incredible career. He passed David Taylor (1,818 from 1979-83) for ninth all-time in program history.

The win was the Pride’s sixth straight as Hofstra upped its record to 20-7 overall and 11-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association. It is Hofstra’s 23rd all-time 20-win season in program history and the 14th time at the NCAA Division I level (since 1966-67). In addition, it marks the second straight year Hofstra has won 20 games after capturing 27 victories a season ago. The Pride is alone in first place in the conference standings. UNCW fell to 8-20 and 3-12 in league play.

After UNCW got on the board first, a three-pointer from junior Tareq Coburn ignited an early Hofstra scoring spurt that eventually saw the Pride take a 15-7 lead after a layup from Kante. In total, the run was 15-5 with Hofstra getting three-pointers during the run from Coburn and junior Jalen Ray. The Seahawks managed to close the gap to three, 17-14, with 13:29 left in the half before the Pride took complete control and scored 14 straight points to lead 31-14 after a three-pointer from senior Desure Buie with 7:44 left before intermission. The Pride held a significant lead the remainder of the half and pushed the advantage to 21, 48-27, as Buie drained a jumper with 18 seconds left in the opening half.

A basket from Marten Linssen at the 16:39 mark of the second half got the Pride lead under 20, 51-32, but Hofstra used a 15-6 run to open up a 66-38 advantage with 10:21 left in the game following a free throw from Buie. The Pride was never challenged the rest of the contest as they went on to capture the convincing victory.

Coburn finished with 12 points, eight rebounds, and a career-high-tying four assists for Hofstra. Buie had nine points and a game-high seven assists. Shykeim Phillips led UNCW with 14 points, while Ty Gadsden added 11 points and four rebounds.

Hofstra returns to action next Thursday when it travels to Drexel for a 7 p.m. contest.

NOTES –
– Today was the 44th all-time meeting between Hofstra and UNCW and the series is all knotted up at 22 each. The Pride swept the two regular season meetings this year.
– The six-game win streak is Hofstra’s longest since a 16-game win streak last season.
– Today marked the first time all season that Kante has led Hofstra in scoring. His previous career-high in points was 19 last done against Elon on January 4 and his previous best in rebounds was 12 at Northeastern on January 9.
– This marks the sixth time in program history that Hofstra has won at least 20 games in at least two consecutive seasons. It is the second time under Mihalich (since 2013-14) as the 2014-15 team won 20 games and the 2015-16 squad captured 24 victories.

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Red Storm to Close Homestand with Xavier at MSG

Fresh off a victory over Providence on Wednesday in Queens, the St. John’s men’s basketball team will look to sweep a two-game homestand when the Johnnies welcome Xavier to Madison Square Garden on Monday.

Tip-off between the Red Storm and the Musketeers is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on FS1 and 970 AM WNYM. Brian Custer and Jim Spanarkel will have the television call while John Minko and Brandon Tierney will narrate the action on the Red Storm Sports Network broadcast from Learfield IMG College. That call of the game can also be found on TuneIn and Sirius XM.

St. John’s (14-11, 3-9 BIG EAST) will look to pick up its second straight win and a crucial victory in the BIG EAST standings when it hosts Xavier (16-9, 5-7 BIG EAST) at “The World’s Most Famous Arena” on Monday. The Musketeers currently sit tied for seventh place in the BIG EAST standings, two games clear of St. John’s in ninth. As of Sunday, all 10 BIG EAST teams rank in the top 71 of the NET with five squads in the top 21. Xavier checks in at no. 41 while the Johnnies jumped 11 spots to no. 67 following their win over Providence on Wednesday. In the Feb. 11 edition of the Associated Press Top 25, the BIG EAST placed five teams in the poll, the highest total of any conference in the country.

The Red Storm picked up its third BIG EAST win of the season on Wednesday as a result of high pressure defense and efficient shooting on the offensive end of the floor. After forcing a season-low eight turnovers in a loss at Creighton on Feb. 8, the Johnnies turned 23 Providence turnovers into 22 points during their 80-69 victory. Those 23 turnovers forced were one off the Red Storm’s season-high of 24 set three times against Mercer, Albany and Butler. 12 of those turnovers were the result of St. John’s steals, a category in which the Red Storm ranks fourth nationally with 10.1 per contest through games played on Saturday. In 17 seasons as a head coach prior to taking over at St. John’s, Mike Anderson saw his teams lead the nation in steals four times and finish inside the top 30 on four separate occasions.

On the other end, St. John’s converted on 45.8 percent of its field goal tries, marking the team’s best shooting effort of BIG EAST play and its fifth best overall of the season. The Johnnies made the most of their three-point opportunities, going 9-for-21 (42.9%) from distance and turning in their best performance of the conference season in that regard. The only time this season that St. John’s managed a better three-point percentage came in a win over Columbia on Nov. 20 (7-of-15, 46.7%).

In the team’s first game since learning that senior guard Mustapha Heron will likely miss the rest of the season with a right ankle injury, LJ Figueroa led four St. John’s in double figures on Wednesday, scoring 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting, including a 4-of-9 showing from beyond the arc. The BIG EAST’s steals leader also recorded four thefts.

Making his third straight start, Julian Champagnie finished with 14 points, seven boards, two blocks and two steals. In his three games since returning to the starting lineup, the freshman from Brooklyn is averaging 12.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals per outing.

Fellow Brooklyn native Rasheem Dunn tallied an efficient 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field and a 5-of-6 showing from the line while dishing out a team-high four assists.

The team’s most consistent three-point threat over the last two games (5-of-7), Marcellus Earlington recorded 12 points and six boards. Classmate Greg Williams Jr. narrowly missed becoming the fifth Johnnie in double figures with nine points, a career-high seven boards, three assists and two blocks.

Xavier will wrap a two-game road swing on Monday after a furious comeback fell just short on Wednesday at No. 19 Butler, 66-61. The Musketeers trailed by as many as 17 in the second half before pulling within five in the final seconds. Naji Marshall, the team’s leading scorer at 16.2 points per game, scored 18 of his 20 points in the latter stanza while Tyrique Jones posted his 17th double-double of the year with 19 points and 10 boards. Jones’ 17 double-doubles rank third in the nation while his 11.1 rebounds per game are good enough for eighth in all of Division I.

The Red Storm will look to avenge a Jan. 5 loss to the Musketeers in Cincinnati during which the Johnnies made just one of their 16 attempts from beyond the arc. Figueroa, who made the team’s lone triple in that outing, led the way with 17 points.

St. John’s will look to snap a 10-game losing streak to the Musketeers that dates back to 2015-16. The Red Storm’s last win against Xavier came on Feb. 23, 2015, in Madison Square Garden, the second leg of a regular season sweep.

After taking on Xavier, the Red Storm will hit the road for two games against nationally ranked foes, traveling to Seton Hall on Feb. 23 before facing off with Villanova at The Finneran Pavilion on Feb. 26.

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Sky Blue FC Re-signs Imani Dorsey

Sky Blue FC player Imani Dorsey has agreed to a new one-year contract with a one-year option ahead of the 2020 National Women’s Soccer League season. Per team and league policies, further details were not disclosed.

“This club graciously gave me my first shot at the pros two years ago, and today I am excited to recommit to this team,” said Dorsey. “I cannot wait for this upcoming season with the potential and talent we have. And as the women’s professional game continues to grow, I am eager to be a part of Sky Blue’s historic inaugural season at Red Bull Arena.”

Dorsey, 23, will be entering her third season with Sky Blue FC. In 2019, Dorsey split time between the attack and defense, starting 23 games and registering two goals, 27 interceptions, and 24 clearances. During her rookie season, Dorsey played 1,047 minutes in 13 games (12 starts), scored four goals, and won the 2018 NWSL Rookie of the Year award.

“We are so happy to have Imani signing a new contract with Sky Blue,” said Head Coach Freya Coombe. “She is a very talented player who is very driven and shares the ambitions of the club. I am really looking forward to working with her in the upcoming season.”

Dorsey was drafted by Sky Blue FC in the 2018 NWSL College Draft as the fifth overall pick. A graduate of Duke University, she was named the 2017 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, a 2017 United Soccer Coaches First Team All-America, and was a semifinalist for the 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy. In 87 appearances at Duke, she scored 29 goals and notched 22 assists.

“Imani has had an incredible start to her pro career with the season and a half she’s spent at Sky Blue,” said General Manager Alyse LaHue. “From her NWSL Rookie of the Year campaign in 2018 to now, we’ve seen tremendous versatility and growth and she is the type of player you want to build your club around for years to come.”

In November of 2019, Dorsey earned her first Senior U.S. Women’s National Team call-up for training camp in preparation for a pair of friendlies against Sweden and Costa Rica. She finished 2019 being named to the 24-player roster for the U.S. WNT December Identification Training Camp.

Sky Blue FC will be kicking off its inaugural season at Red Bull Arena in 2020. Season Ticket Memberships are on sale now at SkyBlueFC.com.