June 26, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – Former St. John’s women’s basketball standout guard Nadirah McKenith has signed with the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA. McKenith was the Red Storm’s first-ever WNBA draft pick when she was selected 17th overall by the Washington Mystics in the 2013 WNBA draft.
“I’m very happy to see Nadirah back in the WNBA with a first class championship organization,” said St. John’s head coach Joe Tartamella. “We look forward to watching her contributions to the Minnesota Lynx.”
In her first season in the WNBA, with the Washington Mystics, McKenith averaged 8.8 minutes and 1.0 assist per game while shooting at a 73.0 percent clip from the free throw line during the regular season. McKenith also saw action in all three of the Mystics' playoff games in their first round series with the Atlanta Dream.
“The energy and work ethic Nadirah brings to the table fits in perfectly with the team we have in place,” said Lynx Executive Vice President Roger Griffith.
In her time at St. John’s, McKenith was an integral part of St. John’s four-straight NCAA Tournament berths, spanning the most successful four years in St. John’s women’s basketball history that included the team’s first Sweet 16 berth. McKenith received WBCA Honorable Mention All-America accolades, was voted on to the 2013 All-BIG EAST First Team and the 2013 All-Metropolitan Basketball Writers’ Association (MBWA) First Team in addition to being named the MBWA Player of the Year in 2013.
Among her long lists of accomplishments, McKenith ended her St. John’s career as the No. 11 all-time scorer in program history with 1,293 career points as well as the all-time career assist record-holder with 605. McKenith also ranked No. 2 in St. John’s history with 267 steals over her four-year career while working her way into the top-10 in total rebounds, free throw percentage, free throws made and free throw attempts.