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St. John's women struggling to find victories after coming into season with high expectations

This hasn't been the season that rookie coach Joe Tartamella imagined when he took over the St. John's women's basketball team last April.

The Red Storm were coming off one of the most successful runs in school history, making the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament. They were ranked 14th in the preseason Top 25 and returned four starters — including guard Nadirah McKenith and forward Shenneika Smith.

With so much talent coming back, St. John's was expected to contend in the Big East and be one of top teams in the country. Instead, the Red Storm (6-6) have struggled to find any sort of consistency.

St. John's has been hurt by the loss of senior guard Eugeneia McPherson, who tore the ACL in her right knee late in November.