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St. John’s Women’s Basketball Earns 62-55 victory over Butler

Jade Walker. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Jade Walker. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

With Five Red Storm players in double-figure scoring the St. John’s Women’s Basketball team (14-7, 6-4 BIG EAST) earned a 62-55 victory over Butler (5-16, 2-8) at Carnesecca Arena.

Jade WalkerAaliyah LewisAlisha Kebbe and Akina Wellere combined for 54 points to help lead  the Red Storm to their second straight victory and eighth on the year on its home court.

Walker and Lewis led the way not only offensivley, but also helped to lead the team on the floor creating energy and opportunity for the rest of their teammates. Both ladies finished the night with 16 points, and for Lewis this performance was impressive considering she missed most of the week due to being sick.

Overall, St.  John’s  committed just six turnovers, the fewest in a single game since the Johnnies had seven turnovers against Villanova on Feb. 19, 2015. Defensively, the Red Storm forced 19 turnovers and came away with 10 steals for the first time in a game since the last time these two teams met back on Jan. 5.

The ladies will return to the court on January 29, as they will host Xavier University at Madison Square Garden. The tip is  set for 3 p.m. with the action to air on the on the BIG EAST Digital Network.

Notes:

Prior to the game the entire St. John’s Women’s Basketball team wore SJUOK? shirts to  help raise awareness for suicide and mental health treatment.

The University also presented Head Coach Joe Tartamella with a ball commemorating his 100th win before the start of the game.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following photo gallery from the game:

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Fans are also encouraged to check out the following Postgame Press Conference Video:

Featuring:

Head Coach Joe Tartamella along with Student-Athletes Aaliyah Lewis and Jade Walker

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

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Notes for the St. John’s Men’s Basketball game v #24/22 Xavier

Team Huddle by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Team Huddle by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The St. John’s Men’s Basketball team (10-12, 4-5) is currently getting ready to host #24/22 Xavier at Madison Square Garden this Sunday, January 29 in BIG EAST Conference play. The game is set for 6:00 pm, with the action set to air on the FS1 Network.

St. John’s and Xavier will meet for the ninth time in team’s history. The Musketeers have won the last three meetings, including a 97-82 victory on January 7 at the Cintas Center. Prior to this streak the Red Storm had won consecutive contests with its last victory coming on Feb. 23, 2015 at Madison Square Garden.

The Red Storm enters into this game earning a thrilling 91-86 victory over Providence College on the road. In a game that saw 15 lead changes and 13 ties, St. John’s was able to hold on to the win and now currently hold its best record at the midway point of conference play since the 2012-13 season.

What to Watch For:

The Freshman Duo of Marcus LoVett and Shamorie Ponds continue to show why they are one of the nation’s most highly touted young backcourts in the game against Providence. LoVett finished the game with a game-high 26 points, which was follow by 22 points from Ponds.

Defense has been a Key for the Red Storm:

Defense has been a huge key for St. John’s in earning the program some big time victories. Helping with that has been the amazing blocking ability from Tariq Owens. Owens who had one huge block against Providence, ejecting an attempt by Emmit Holt. The Red Storm recorded 10 steals in the game against the Friars.

About Xavier:

Xavier enters Sunday’s contest having lost four of its last five games. The Musketeers are coming off an 86-78 loss at Cincinnati on Thursday.

The Musketeers ranks second in the BIG EAST averaging 38.3 rebounds-per-game. Senior forward RaShid Gaston has grabbed a team-best 6.5 boards-per-contest, while Trevon Bluiett has recorded 5.7 per-game.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following videos from a Press Conference held by the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team to preview the upcoming game and more:

Featuring:

Student-Athletes:

Tariq Owens and Shamorie Ponds:

Head Coach Chris Mullin:

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Cosmos Bring Danny Szetela back to New York

Danny Szetela. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/ 1495 Sports

Danny Szetela. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/ 1495 Sports

The New York Cosmos announced today the return of midfielder Danny Szetela. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“I’m very pleased that we were able to bring Danny back to the team. He is an experienced player and has contributed a lot to this team over the last few years,” said Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese. “I’d also like to thank the San Francisco Deltas for helping to make this transition seamless,” he added.

Szetela, 29, has been a regular starter in central midfield for the Cosmos since joining the team in 2013. He has been part of all three Championship winning campaigns since the team’s reboot.

“The Cosmos have been a big part of my life for a long time. I have many special memories here, including three title wins. I’m looking forward to another run for the Championship and being around my family and friends who have been a huge support in my career,” said Danny Szetela.

A native of Clifton, NJ, Szetela joined the Cosmos after a two-year hiatus from the sport due to injuries. He originally turned professional in 2004 at the age of 16 when signing with the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer. Szetela made 34 appearances for the Crew before moving abroad to play with Racing de Santander of Spain’s La Liga and Brescia Calcio of Serie B (where he made 26 appearances).

Szetela has represented the United States national team at every level. He was a member of the USSF’s Bradenton Academy and represented the U.S. at the 2003 Under-17 World Cup. In 2007, Szetela was a key starter on the U.S. U-20 national team that reached the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, alongside future national team players such as Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore. He has also earned three caps for the full U.S. men’s national team and played for the U.S. at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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Andrés Flores rejoins the Cosmos

Andrés Flores

Andrés Flores

The New York Cosmos announced today the return of midfielder Andrés Flores. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Andrés had a wonderful season last year,” said Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese. “He is a talented young player who has consistently shown his quality and versatility within our midfield. We are looking forward to his contributions this season,” he added.

Flores, 26, is an attack-minded midfielder from El Salvador who first signed with the club on loan from El Salvadorian side Turín-FESA in July 2014. After a successful loan spell, Flores made a permanent move to New York in December 2014. Last season Flores also made 24 appearances (14 starts), amassing 1,435 minutes on pitch, scoring four goals and making six assists.

Flores commented: “I’m very happy to be back at the Cosmos. This is a historic club and it means a lot to be part of it”.

Flores began his youth career with Academia Chelona and moved to Argentina’s River Plate in 2006, where he spent three years. In 2009 Flores returned to El Salvador with A.D. Isidro Metapán, where he made over 60 appearances and led the club to multiple Primera División titles. In 2012, he joined Viborg FF in Denmark for one year on loan before returning to Metapán.

Nicknamed “Ruso” in El Salvador, Flores captained his country’s national team to a third place finish in the 2014 Copa Centroamericana. He debuted for El Salvador’s senior squad in a March 2008 friendly against Trinidad and Tobago.

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Notes for the St. John’s Men’s Basketball game v Seton Hall

Team Huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

Team Huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

The St. John’s Men’s Basketball team (9-11, 3-4 BIG EAST) will be heading to the Prudential Center to take on Seton Hall (12-6, 2-4) as the Red Storm will play the next three of its next five games on the road.

St. John’s completed the regular season sweep of DePaul on Monday with a 78-68 victory at Carneseca Arena. Malik Ellison set a career-high scoring, going 5-of-6 from 3-point range.

The Series versus Seton Hall:

This is the 96th time that St. John’s and Seton Hall have met in series history, with the Red Storm holding a 58-37 (33-28 in BIG EAST) record. The Pirates are St. John’s fifth most frequently played opponent. This Series started in 1909 and the programs have played every season since the 1963-64 campaign.

One of the things to watch for:

St. John’s has one of the premier shot blocking tandems in the NCAA in Tariq Owens and Kassoum Yakwe.  Through games played on January 17, Owens leads the BIG EAST and ranks 23rd nationally in blocked shots per game with 2.5, while Yakwe is right behind him at second in the conference and 29th in the NCAA with 2.4 rejections per outing.

About Seton Hall:

Seton Hall enters Sunday’s contest coming off three-straight BIG EAST road losses against Marquette, Providence and Villanova. The Pirates own a 7-0 record at the Prudential Center this season and have won their two conference games in Newark against Marquette and DePaul.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following videos from a Press Conference held by the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team to preview the upcoming game and more:

Featuring:

Student-Athletes:

Malik Ellison and Tariq Owens

Head Coach Chris Mullin

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Cosmos’ Captain Carlos Mendes Rejoins Team for 2017 Season

Carlos Mendes. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Carlos Mendes. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The New York Cosmos announced on Thursday that defender Carlos Mendes will return to the club and continue as team captain. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“At the Cosmos, we’ve always conducted ourselves as a family, so the last few months have been extremely difficult on many levels,’ said Mendes. “With Mr. Commisso’s purchase of the club, I feel reassured that the team will continue in the direction we had always planned, bringing good quality soccer to the field and helping to grow the sport in our country,” he added.

Mendes, 36, is a Long Island native who joined the club from MLS side Columbus Crew in 2013. The defender has enjoyed an accomplished career so far and continues to lead the reigning champions of the North American Soccer League (NASL), having won their second consecutive NASL Championship and third overall in four seasons.

“Carlos is unique both on and off the field and his role as captain is more important than ever now” said Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese. “As a player he continues to show exceptional quality and consistency. His experience and leadership will be key to maintaining the winning culture we have developed in this new era of the New York Cosmos,” continued Savarese.

Mendes started his professional soccer career with the Long Island Rough Riders in 2002, where he made ten appearances before moving on to the Rochester Rhinos. In 2005, Mendes joined the New York Red Bulls where he made 146 appearances over six seasons. He then had a brief stint at Columbus Crew in 2012 before he joined the New York Cosmos as captain in 2013.

Last season Mendes became the first player in the club’s reboot era to reach 100 games played and was named in the NASL’s Best XI, his third straight selection for this accolade.

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Team Effort leads St. John’s Men’s Basketball to Victory over DePaul

Malik Ellison

Malik Ellison

Distribution of the ball and balanced scoring led the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team (9-11, 3-4 BIG EAST) to a  78-68 victory over DePaul (8-11, 1-5 BIG EAST) in what was the last of the home games at Carnesecca Arena.

Leading the way on the offensive side for the Red Storm was Malik Ellison, who had a career day, draining seven of his 10 tries from the field, including a 5-of-6 effort from beyond the arc, finishing the game with a career-high 23 points and four assists in 33 minutes of action.

There were three other players in double figures for St. John’s as Shamorie Ponds finished the game with 14 points and Tariq Owens recorded 10 points.

The Red Storm drained 12 of its 22 attempts from downtown, the team’s highest single game total since the Johnnies went 12-of-27 from deep against Syracuse on Dec. 21. The effort also marked the third time this season that St. John’s has shot 50 percent or better from three.

In addition St. John’s as a team recorded 18 assists, with the team passing the ball around the court for most of the night. There was also some tremendous defense that included the team recording eight blocks.

With the victory, the Red Storm has now surpassed its win total from last season with more than a third of the campaign still remaining.

St. John’s will play the remainer of the home games at Madison Square Garden,  as they will play Xavier on 1/29 with the tip set for 6:00 p.m.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following video from the Postgame Press Conference:

Featuring:

Head Coach Chris Mullin along with Student-Athletes Malik Ellison and Tariq Owens

Fans are also encouraged to check out the following photo gallery from the game:

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

http://www.redstormsports.com