Postgame Notes: ST. JOHN'S 72 LOUISVILLE 64

Jan. 8, 2012

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-St. John’s victory over No. 14/12 Louisville is its first win over a ranked opponent since defeating [RV/22] West Virginia on March 5, 2011 in the BIG EAST Championship Second Round. The Red Storm has now beaten the last two ranked opponents it has played at Carnesecca Arena. St. John’s defeated then-No. 16/17 Georgetown on Feb. 13, 2011 75-71 in overtime.
-The victory was the third-ever victory over Louisville and second-consecutive victory over the Cardinals at Carnesecca Arena. St. John’s defeated Louisville in its last trip to Queens 91-56 on Feb. 10, 2010.
-With the victory, the Red Storm extend its home winning streak to nine games. St. John’s led Louisville 28-27 at halftime making it the fourth straight home game STJ has taken a lead into intermission. STJ is now 7-2 when leading at the break.
-The Red Storm and Cardinals played a back and forth first half that featured three ties, five lead changes and identical shooting percentages (39.3 percent) for both teams.
-With 10:08 remaining in the game and St. John’s leading 46-43, STJ put together a 58-second possession that was lengthened by three offensive rebounds and concluded with two made free throws by senior Da’Shena Stevens. From that point on, the Red Storm would control the game outscoring the Cardinals 21-12 over the next 8:17 of play.
-St. John’s held Louisville to 40.3 percent shooting for the game. No opponent has shot better than 50 percent against STJ this season. After turning the ball over seven times in the first half, St. John’s went the first 6:30 minutes of the second half without any miscues. STJ finished the game with 12 turnovers.
-The Red Storm outscored the Cardinals 13-12 in points off turnovers and improved to a perfect 9-0 when winning that category.
-St. John’s won its third-consecutive game despite losing the opening tip.


-Junior Eugeneia McPherson led the team with 16 points, which marks the 11th-consecutive game she reached double figures. It was the tenth time McPherson has led the Red Storm in scoring this season. STJ is now 5-5 with McPherson as the leading scorer.
-McPherson is now averaging 15.3 points per game in BIG EAST play. Junior Shenneika Smith recorded her twelfth double-digit scoring effort of the season with 11 points on 5-of-12 shooting. She moves up the all-time scoring list to No. 17 with 1,014 career points.
-Stevens narrowly a double-double as she finished with nine points and 10 rebounds.
-Stevens moved up the list to No. 5 on the all-time rebounding lcharts with 712 boards. She surpassed Kerry Karst (1980-82) with 683. Stevens also jumped into the St. John’s Top 10 all-time scoring chart with 1,286 points in the No. 9 spot.
-Junior Nadirah McKenith filled up the box score with 15 points, five rebounds, six assists and four steals.
-McKenith moves up to No. 8 all-time in career assists with 355.
Sophomore Mary Nwachukwu once again provided meaningful minutes off the bench for St. John’s scoring eight points on 3-of-4 shooting.
-Nwachukwu is now shooting an impressive 64.5 percent (20-of-31) at home this season.




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