One to Watch
by Jon Wagner
Jan 15, 2009 | 6612 views | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Monique McLean

St. John's Women's Basketball

At 13-2 (1-1 in the Big East), the St. John’s women’s basketball team is off to its best start since the 1983-84 season. A big reason for that success is the play of Monique McLean, who entered the season with high expectations.

Prior to the season, St. John’s head coach Barnes Arico said "We are expecting big things out of Monique this year. She was our leading scorer and a top rebounder for us last season, and we are counting on her to step into that leading role again this year." The 5-foot-11 senior point guard from Newport News, VA has delivered.

Averaging 20.1 points per game, McLean leads St. John’s in scoring, is the third leading scorer in the Big East, and has led the Red Storm to national recognition. Last week, St. John’s received five votes in the Associated Press Top 25 and, for the first time this season, got a vote in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll.

St. John’s had a six-game win streak stopped at Big East foe South Florida on Saturday in a tough overtime loss. McLean shined however, scoring a season-high 30 points, making 9 of 19 shots from the field including 5 of 8 from three-point range, while sinking 7 of 9 free throws, including two clutch foul shots with one second left in regulation, to send the game to overtime.

On January 5th, McLean was named the Big East Women’s Basketball Player Of The Week for her efforts in two wins which capped St. John’s aforementioned win streak. In victories over Boston U. and Providence, McLean averaged a team-high 27.0 points per game, on 48.5 percent shooting from the field, shot 61.5 percent shooting from three-point range, making 8 of 13 from behind the arc, and averaged 7.0 rebounds per game.

A day later, McLean was name to the Met Basketball Writers Association (MBWA) Honor Roll for the week ending January 4th.

Chances are, those won’t be the last awards this season for the talented senior, who with St. John’s off to such a good start, will continue to be one to watch.

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