St. John’s Women’s Basketball made history this season, as
Nadirah McKenith ’13CPS and Shenneika Smith ’13CPS became the first
players in program history to be drafted into the Women’s National
Basketball Association (WNBA).
McKenith was picked No. 17 by the Washington Mystics, while
Smith was selected No. 25 by the New York Liberty.
“This was an
extraordinary night for two of our young ladies,” said first-year
Head Coach Joe Tartamella ’04MBA. “It was also a special night for
our community and the Women’s Basketball program as a whole, and I
couldn’t be prouder of these two young ladies.”
The WNBA news capped off another successful year for St. John’s,
as Tartamella led his squad to an 18-13 record and the program’s
fourth-straight NCAA berth. In the First Round of the NCAA
Tournament, hosted at Carnesecca Arena, the team put up a valiant
effort, but ultimately lost a double-overtime heartbreaker to
Still, the season was filled with positives, including a number
of marquee wins. And the squad finished the season strong, going
7-1 in its last eight regular-season games, culminating in an
emotional 67-54 win over DePaul on Senior Day at Carnesecca
With a strong debut from Tartamella – and a number of promising
young players returning next season – there’s a lot for Red Storm
fans to look forward to in the years to come.