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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL GAMEDAY

November 23, 2018

ST. JOHN’S vs. No. 2 UCONNWhen: Friday, 7:30 p.m.Where: Sports and Fitness Center, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin IslandsRecords: St. John’s (3-0); UConn (3-0)TV: FloHoops (Paid subscription)Radio: UConn/IMG Sports Network, 97.9 ESPNKEEP AN EYE ONRemember me?: The date was Feb. 18, 2012 — and Shenneika Smith drained the shot that shocked a state.Smith, now in her first year as an assistant coach at St. John’s, was a junior the last time her alma mater beat UConn. It was her 3-pointer that landed the Red Storm a 57-56 win at Gampel Pavilion, snapping then-No. 2 UConn’s 99-game home court winning streak. Up to that point, the Huskies also had won 171 straight games against unranked opponents.Overall, UConn leads the series with St. John’s 40-17, with most of those matchups coming when both schools were members of the Big East.A two-time All-Big East forward, Smith went on to play two seasons in the WNBA with the New York Liberty and Connecticut Sun.England on point: After sitting out the entire 2016-17 season with a torn ACL in her left knee, Tiana England recovered to have a strong freshman campaign. The Stamford native averaged 9.4 points, 5.0 assists (team-high) and 3.1 rebounds per game, earning her a unanimous selection to the Big East All-Rookie team.If three games are any indication, England is poised to be even better this year. She narrowly missed a double-double in the Red Storm’s 68-62 victory over Purdue on Thursday (14 points and nine assists) and leads the Big East with 8.3 helpers a game.“I saw gaps (in the defense), so I was able to attack,” England said following the win.Fun in paradise: The Huskies are 7-0 all-time in the Paradise Jam, with all their victories decided by double-digits. They previously competed in the tournament in 2007 and 2012.PROBABLE STARTERSST. JOHN’SPlayerPos.PPGTiana EnglandG9.0Alisha KebbeG11.3Akina WellereG13.0Qadashah HoppieF8.3Curteeona BreloveF6.0UCONNPlayerPos.PPGCrystal DangerfieldG18.5*Christyn WilliamsG7.5*Katie Lou SamuelsonG17.0*Megan WalkerF14.5*Napheesa CollierF16.0*(*Stats through Wednesday)— Doug Bonjour

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