February 21, 2012
John's women's basketball enters the Associated Press Top 25 at No.
20 on Monday after defeating then-No. 2 Connecticut with a
3-pointer in the closing seconds of play.
St. John's was a preseason pick in the AP's top 25 as No. 25 but
hasn't been ranked during the regular season since Jan. 3, 2011
when the Red Storm was No. 18.
It is the 27th appearance in the Associated Press poll for the Red
Storm, including preseason and final poll rankings.
The Red Storm began receiving votes four weeks ago after St. John's
upset then-No. 7/8 Rutgers at Carnesecca Arena (Jan. 17) and
continued receiving votes after defeating Rutgers again on its home
court, 61-52 (Feb. 12). By upsetting then-No. 2 Connecticut in
Storrs, Conn. St. John's became the first unranked team to do so
since 1993, ending the Huskies 99-game home winning streak at
Gampel Pavilion, St. Johns surged in the top 25.
ESPN's highlights of St. John's upset at Connecticut
Baylor remains No. 1 in the Top 20, while the next three have
changed slightly. Stanford shifts to the No. 2 spot, followed by
No. 3 Notre Dame and Connecticut. Miami, Maryland, Duke, Ohio
State, Delaware and Tennessee round out the top 10.
Ahead of St. John's sits Penn State, Green Bay, Kentucky, Texas
A&M, Georgetown, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Georgia and St.
DePaul, Purdue, Nebraska, Rutgers and Gonzaga finish off the
Head coach Kim Barnes Arico, who recently became St. John's
all-time winningest coach, has received the most national attention
of any of her St. John's predecessors. With Barnes Arico at the
helm of the Red Storm program, St. John's has been ranked 20 times,
including preseason rankings.