Now the focus is on the NCAA tournament.
No. 13 St. John’s was defeated by No. 4 Connecticut 74-43 on Monday night in the Big East Tournament Semifinals at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. It was the Red Storm’s first trip to the Semis since 1988.
Junior guard Nadirah McKenith led the way for St. John’s (22-9), the two seed in the tournament, with 10 points.
For No. 3 seed Connecticut (28-4), Stefanie Dolson scored 23 points and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 22 for the Huskies. The win was the 799th of Geno Auriemma's Hall of Fame career.
"I thought Connecticut played really well tonight," said St. John’s head coach Kim Barnes Arico. "I knew it would be a difficult task for us. I thought we would have played a little better, but Connecticut did a great job because of their pressure. We played a really great team tonight, a Final Four team."
The loss was a first for the Red Storm since January 28. Since then, St. John’s had won nine-straight games including six wins over ranked teams and a 7-0 winning streak on the road during conference play.
"Tomorrow's a new day and what they've been able to accomplish this year has been incredible," Barnes Arico said. "To beat UConn at UConn and break that streak. They wanted to play us more than anyone. It was a tough game for us. The year has been tremendous and we've accomplished things we've never been able to accomplish before. I wish we could erase tonight."
Up next, St. John’s will wait to see its name called as a hopeful at-large bid during Selection Monday. With the successes of the Red Storm in the second half of the season, a Associated Press ranking of No. 13 and an RPI Rating of 11 to go along with a strength of schedule of five, St. John’s will hope for its highest seed in program history. St. John’s has nine quality wins of opponents in the RPI Top 50.