Feb. 26, 2008
QUEENS, N.Y. - Monique McLean scored her 1,000th-career point and Recee Mitchell set a new career high with 16 points as the St. John's women's basketball team won a crucial conference game against Seton Hall, 73-45, on Tuesday night at Carnesecca Arena.
McLean didn't waste any time accomplishing her milestone achievement and scored the very first basket of the game, running through the lane uncontested for a jumper with 19:22 to go in the first half. The junior, who finished the game with 16 points, became the 16th person in Red Storm history to reach the 1000-point plateau and now sits at 1,015.
Mitchell had the best offensive outing of her career, tying McLean for the team high of 16 points. The sophomore set a new best in scoring, passing her previous mark of 15 against Boston University on Dec. 17, 2006. Senior Kia Wright also scored in double figures for STJ, netting 10 points and a team-high three assists. Defensively, sophomore Joy McCorvey led all players with 11 rebounds, tying her season high.
The game opened up with a back-and-forth effort between the teams, as the score was tied four times and the lead changed hands on six occasions. With Seton Hall leading 13-12, Wright took things into her hands and scored the next five points to put the Red Storm (14-13, 5-9 BIG EAST) in front 17-13. St. John's went up by five, 20-15, and then Ebonie Williams nailed a three at 6:18 to put the Pirates (13-13, 3-11 BIG EAST) within two. Kelly McManmon countered with her own basket from long range, and then the Red Storm scored eight-straight points to go up 31-18 at 2:36.
Leading 36-24 at the half, the Red Storm offense continued to surge in the second frame and eventually jumped out to a 21-point lead when Mitchell hit a fade-away jumper at 8:57 and then converted the free-throw. Mitchell's scoring rhythm could not be slowed as she tallied all 16 points in the second stanza. The Red Storm went on to out-score SHU 18-11 in the last eight minutes of regulation.
In addition to its solid shooting performance of 46.4 percent, St. John's was especially strong on the boards, tallying its second-highest rebounding effort of the season with 50. The bench also proved to be the difference maker in the victory, as STJ got 26 points from its reserves, while the Pirates got only six.
Seton Hall was held to 30.9 percent from the floor, including a 26.9 average in the final frame.
The Red Storm will look to edge closer to a BIG EAST Tournament berth when it travels to face Cincinnati on Saturday at 2 p.m. The contest is the last regular-season road trip for St. John's.