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Jan. 15, 2013

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GAME 16: PITT (9-6, 0-2 Big East) vs. ST. JOHN'S (8-6,, 2-0 Big East)
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 • 7  p.m.
Carnesecca Arena • Queens, N.Y.

On the Air (Radio):
WJAS 1320 (live and streamed); George Von Benko, Jennifer Tuscano (Listen)
On the Air (internet): ESPN3
Social Media: Twitter, @PittWomensHoops; Facebook, Like Pitt Women's Basketball
Live Updates on Twitter during game
Series Info: 33-16  (50th meeting tonight)
Current Streak: St. John’s W3
Home: St. John’s leads 14-10
Away: St. John’s leads 17-5
Neutral: St. John’s leads 2-1
Last Meeting in NY:  Feb.26, 2011, Queens, N.Y. St. John’s 72, Pitt 63
First Meeting: Dec. 8. 1982, Pittsburgh, Pa., St John’s 69, Pit 58
Head Coaches:
Pitt: Agnus Berenato (Mount St. Mary's, 1980); 444-398/29th season overall; 161-134/10th at Pitt
St. John's: Joe Tartamella (James Madison, 2001); 8-6/1st season overall and at STJ

Pitt Stat Leaders:
Asia Logan, Jr., F, 16.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 6 double-doubles
Brianna Kiesel, So., G, 14.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.8 apg
Ashlee Anderson, Jr.-RS, 7.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg

St. John's 
Stat Leaders: 
• Shenneika Smith, 16.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 34 blocks
• Nadirah McKenith, 13.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 4.8 apg
• Brianna Brown, 8.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, .850 FT%

Storyline & Notables
• Sixteen (16) of the last 22 meetings with St. John’s have been decided by 12 or fewer points and 10 have been by nine or less points.  
• The teams have split the last four meetings (2-2).
• The Panthers are looking for their first win in Big East play - one of six BE teams without a win.
• St. John’s is one of four league schools unbeaten in conference play.

Remembering Newtown
As a unified show of support for the Newtown, Conn., community, BIG EAST men's and women's basketball teams will wear green ribbons during the first 26 games of conference play. Student-athletes will wear the ribbons on their shooting shirts during warm ups, while coaches and administrative personnel will wear the ribbons throughout their respective games. Pitt will don these ribbons on Wednesday at St. John's.

About the Match-Up
Pitt and St. John’s are meeting for the 50th time in program history. St. John’s leads the all-time series, 33-16. Sixteen (16) of the last 22 meetings with St. John’s have been decided by 12 or fewer points.

Last season in Pittsburgh, the first half featured seven lead changes and two ties. The Panthers shot 50 percent in the first period, but could not keep up the momentum in the second, falling 66-51. Ashlee Anderson had 19 points and Brianna Kiesel added 15 - as the loss on Jan. 31, 2012 was the eighth-straight for Pitt. Four players had double figures for St. John’s paced by Da’Shena Stevens with 19 points. The Red Storm won the game without making a three-pointer (0-5).   

Individual Series Highs
Most points in a single game:
31     Lorri Johnson, Pitt     2-23-91
33     Cozette Ballentine, STJ    2-22-92
    Tawana Jackson, STJ    3-4-95
Most REBOUNDS in a single game:
16     Jenine Joyce, Pitt     1-4-95
    Chelsea Cole, Pitt     3-1-10
18     Cozette Ballentine, STJ     1-23-91
Most ASSISTS in a single game:
12     Stephanie Petho, Pitt     1-4-95
14     Nadirah McKenith, STJ     3-1-10
most blocks in a single game:
5     Shayla Scott, Pitt     3-1-10
7     Tina Ogden, STJ     2-22-92
Scouting St. John’s
The Red Storm are 8-6 on the season and perfect in Big East play (2-0) - one of just four unbeaten league teams.  STJ is paced in scoring and rebounding by Shenneika Smith, averaging 16.8 points and 8.3 rebounds a game.   Smith is seventh in the Big East in scoring and ranked fifth in boards a game.

Point gaurd Nadirah McKenith is averagign 13.2 points and has racked up 62 assists, ranked fourth in the league (4.8 per game).  The NJ product had nine points and nine rebounds to go along with six assists in St. John’s last game.

The Red Storm are coming off their best shooting game of the season, a 51.9 percent showing against Seton Hall on Saturday. Starting freshman Aliyyah Handford had her third-straight double digit performance with 14 points.

The Red Storm top the Big East in blocked shots, putting away 6.6 a game with Smith postign 2.6 of the blocks a game - ranked second individually in the conference. LIke Pitt, the Storm relay on perimeter game - averaging just 2.6 trifectas a contest. STJ’s rebounding offense is fourth best in the Big East wtih the squad collecting 41.9 boards a game.

What A Win Means
A Pitt win over St. John’s a would be the ..
• first in Big East play since March 4, 2011 in the Big East Championship in Hartford, Conn. – a 63-60 win over USF.
• first regular season Big East win since Feb. 15, 2011 –a 60-57 victory over Providence at the Petersen Events Center.
•  the first road win in Big East regular season play since at West Virginia on Feb. 5, 2011 (60-53).

Pretty Good Against the Johnnies

Redshirt junior Ashlee Anderson has posted some of her best performances in two previous games against St. John’s.

When the teams faced off in Queens in 2011 (Feb. 26), Anderson shot 7-of-14 from the field and was 5-of-8 from behind the arc (still the most 3’s in her career). She pumped in her season-best 20 points, while also adding four assists.   Last season in Pittsburgh (Jan. 31, 2012), Anderson led team in three categories with19 points, seven rebounds and three steals.

Select Company
Junior Asia Logan is ranked eighth among Big East leaders in scoring AND eighth in rebounding, averaging 16.8 points and 7.8 rebounds.

Logan is one of only three players to be ranked in the top-eight in both scoring and rebounding - joining SU’s Kayla Alexander (2nd scoring, 3rd rebounding) and St. John’s own Shenneika Smith (7th scoring, 5th rebounding).  Smith is also averaging 16.8 points (like Logan), but has is averaging 18.3 shots a game to Logan’s 12.5 field goal attempts.  In going one step further, Logan and Alexander are the only two players to be ranked in top-10 in scoring and reobunding and top-15 in field goal percentage.

Pitt Women's Basketball Continues Big East Play With Wednesday Tilt at St. John's

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