Helped by Smith’s third double-double of the season, the Red Storm ended Hartford’s five-game winning streak with a 66-54 victory over the Hawks at the Chase Family Center.
The senior tallied 21 points, 11 rebounds against Hartford. It was her second-straight 21-point game. Ten of the 11 boards were defensive. Smith also added five blocks, setting a single-game career high. Smith has 102 career blocks to date for St. John’s (4-1).
In the first half, Hartford had outrebounded St. John’s 20-16. But the Red Storm finished the game with 39 boards to the Hawks’ 33.
Forward Mary Nwachukwu finished with eight points for St. John’s, with four rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Keylantra Langley, playing in her home state, also finished with eight points.
Senior guard Eugeneia McPherson scored six points before leaving the game at the 16:41 mark in the second half with a leg injury (right). McPherson also had four rebounds, two steals.
Next up, the Red Storm will remain on the road, playing its second-straight opponent from the America East in Boston University. The Red Storm and Terriers will tip off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.
Smith named Big East Player of the Week
Senior guard Shenneika Smith was voted the Big East Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 21.0 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game in a 2-0 week for the nationally-ranked St. John’s women’s basketball team.
Through games played on Nov. 25, Smith leads the league in rebounding (11.5 boards per game) and is second in scoring (20.8 points per game).
The Brooklyn native has been on the conference honor roll seven times, but this was the first time she has earned the coveted Player of the Week accolade.