Six Red Storm players suspended for violating unspecified team policy

Updated: February 24, 2008, 5:50 PM ET
Associated Press

STORRS, Conn. -- Six St. John's players were suspended before the Red Storm's 98-41 loss to top-ranked Connecticut on Saturday.

Kia Wright, Nikki Jo Rotolo, Charisse Curtis, Kristin Moore, Sheree Ledbetter and Recee Mitchell dressed for the game, but were not allowed to play.

The six violated an unspecified team policy, coach Kim Barnes Arico said.

"They didn't do anything terrible," Barnes Arico said. "There's no drinking, drugs or anything like that. They just made a poor decision that I was really unhappy with."

Barnes Arico said she learned of the incident Friday, and had she known earlier, the six would not have made the trip to Connecticut.

The suspensions left St. John's (13-12, 4-8 Big East) with just six eligible players for the game.

Wright is the team's second-leading scorer, averaging 12.5 points. The other five are reserves, none of whom average more than four points.

"I think the most important thing for us as a program, and any of these college programs, is to teach the kids the right thing," Barnes Arico said. "That is more important to me than a win or a loss or having 12 or six people suited up."

Barnes Arico said all six would be back when St. John's hosts Seton Hall on Tuesday night.


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