Finally playing with a roster full of healthy players, the St. John’s women’s basketball team used 54.7 percent shooting to sail past Boston University, 75-38, ending the 2011 calendar year on a high note at Carnesecca Arena.
The game marked the return of point guard Nadirah McKenith, as she and senior forward Da’Shena Stevens made their first start together this season, leading the Red Storm to its first 30-point victory of the year, and first since December 18, 2010, versus Southern Mississippi.
McKenith sat out the last three games due to a knee injury suffered during a game against Baylor at the Maggie Dixon Classic. Stevens made her return to the hard wood after rehabbing an off-season knee injury on December 17, but had not yet started for the Red Storm.
“It was really great for the first time all year to have our team together and you got a glimpse of what we’re capable of doing,” remarked head coach Kim Barnes Arico. “We played with great intensity. We came out and just played tough defense.”
The Red Storm had a well-rounded scoring effort, led by juniors Eugeneia McPherson and Shenneika Smith with 15 points each. McPherson has scored in the double-figures in the last nine games for St. John’s. She also marked a career-best six steals.
McPherson and Smith were helped by a career-best 11 points from sophomore Mary Nwachukwu and 10 from rookie Amber Thompson, who finished one rebound shy of her fourth double-double of the season. Thompson’s nine boards were a team-best for the game.
St. John’s (8-6) has won its last seven-consecutive games on its home court. It was the second time this season St. John’s scored more than 70 points.